Ian reports that Tuesday was a hot sunny day at Grosmont so Bill Dobson, Ian McCall, Nigel Bill, Trevor Wilford, Nigel Hall, Gordon Wells, Chris Henwood, Les Harper, and Ian Pearson were able to top up their suntans. After lunch they were joined by Jon Bradley.
Following Chris Henwood’s request for volunteers to work on the J27, Les had volunteered to help, and there was therefore a joint working party on both locomotives with Chris Henwood, Les, Fin Allen on loan from the MPD, and Ian Pearson working all day on the J27 down at the MPD on No 5 Road. They made two new felt pads and one cotter for the big end bearings, then fitted the big end bearings and got the left hand con rod ready for fitting. They also cleaned lots of oil and grease around the area where the con rods go on to make it easier for fitting.
On the Q6, Nigel Hall continued with the mammoth task of preparing the boiler for painting. He also managed to fit the remaining self tappers under No 4 cladding sheet which I failed with last week. Trevor continued to repair one of the handrail stanchions. Gordon extended the left hand gauge frame drain pipe so as to make it easier to obtain a water sample. He was still waiting for Bill to fit the other oil blocks so he could complete the fitting and brackets to the oil pipes. Nigel Bill fitted the steam reverser valve, while Bill and Ian McCall continued in the cab, fitting copper pipe work and various cab components. In the afternoon, Jon brought the wooden cab seats and gauge mounts which he had dressed at home and gave them a coat of varnish.
Wednesday 2 June was another fine sunny warm day with Bill Dobson, Jon Bradley, Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Nigel Hall, Chris Henwood, Fin Allan and Ian Pearson.
Bill was working again in the Q6 cab fitting more pipe work. Steve made a new stud for the handrail stanchion, fitted it, and at the end of the day Bill, Ed, Ian, Steve and Jon fitted both handrails (see photo). Nigel Hall continued with preparation of the boiler cladding and made a start in some areas with primer/undercoat. During the morning, Ian and Jon assisted Chris and Fin on the J27, with Ian and Ed taking over in the afternoon. Ed arrived just before lunchtime. He had taken the NELPG van in for 3 new tyres to be fitted and then drove down to the MPD with a K4 tender spring returned from Fort William where it had been sent by mistake. A replacement tender spring for the K1 was acquired from the B1 support coach by Ian, Barney Casey and Nick Simpson and loaded into the van which should be in Fort William by the time you read this.
Finally, as it is National Volunteers Week from 1 to 7 June, can I take this opportunity to say thank you to you all, no matter where, when or on what you have been volunteering for the Group, for all the time and effort you have continued to contribute to our activities. Without it, there would be no possibility of seeing our unique collection of steam locomotives at work and giving pleasure to the public (and ourselves), so, once again, thank you very much.