Ian reports a cool, grey, drizzly, morning on Tuesday at Grosmont, but brightening up later with odd squally showers, greeted Bill Dobson, Ian McCall, Nigel Hall, Gordon Wells, Nigel Bill, Trevor Wilford, Ian, and Paul Hutchinson.
The J27 was on washout and a list of repairs had been drawn up by Chris Henwood. The safety valves were removed for inspection. Quite a lot of loose bolts were found on and around the buffer beam. This job proved to be very awkward to get at in a very confined space and, as usual, some of the nuts were of different sizes. Quite a few were secured, with more to be done on the Wednesday.
Wednesday was another cold, drizzly, grey, morning but again brightening up later for Bill Dobson, Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam and Ian. Work concentrated on the J27, based on Chris Henwood's list of repairs, and carrying on from Tuesday:
- The remaining buffer beam bolts had to be removed and a small keyway cut into the frame to allow the bolts to fit snugly and be tightened up.
- A loose fitting oil pipe in the cab was secured and tightened up.
- Under the locomotive, on the left hand driver spring, a central hanger pin had a split pin fitted instead of a screw type pin. It was thought this may been fitted when a broken spring was changed a few weeks ago. After the split pin was removed, a screw type pin was tried instead of the split pin but would not fit. So the split pin was put back in. The fitting staff advised that they had great difficulty in removing these threaded type pins when changing a spring. So, instead, they fit a split pin which makes the job much easier.
- Left hand leading front horn stay nut tightened.
- Tender left hand rear spring hanger locking nut tightened and all others checked and tightened where necessary.
- On the same spring, on the trailing top end of the spring, a loose bolt was tightened.