There are still a few outstanding odd jobs to complete before the steam test, and before the loco enters traffic. Here is a rough idea of what is happening this coming week, please let me know if you would like to be involved with any of it
The MPD is doing an 'independent exam' as part of its own annual inspection. I have no doubt that a small jobs list will soon appear following this. No doubt there'll be the odd split pin or locking nut we've yet to fit! There are still a few bolts on the buffer beam that need addressing.. Two of the newer bolts will need to be removed, have a 'key' welded on, and re fitted.
If anyone is happy to attend on Monday that would be great, I will be at work, sadly.
The idea is to put a warming fire in on Monday evening, with a view to raise some steam on Tuesday. Barry Neesham is making up some new safety link pins, which can be fitted when they are ready.
Paul Hutchinson and I are planning to go to shed on Tuesday to do our steam test and set the safety valves. There doesn't need to be a lot of people about for this, as I am sure we will have an MPD fitter about overseeing the test, again, for their own exam, but it would still be great to have a few people about! We can all fix odd defects as we find them, drink tea and catch up, and inevitably console each other when it all goes horribly wrong.
I suppose Wednesdays work will be continuing to rectify issues from the previous two days, and all being well, putting a warming fire in for Thursday Hot exam.
Hot exam. Fingers crossed.
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