Ian reports a mild overcast Wednesday at Grosmont this week, with Bill Dobson, Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Nigel Hall, Terry Newman, David Potter and Ian Pearson present.
On the Q6, Bill Dobson and David Potter serviced and cleaned the Q6 whistle, then refitted it back onto the boiler. They then started working on the new axle box lubricators, removing one of the thimbles. This thimble measures the amount of the pump stroke when delivering oil to the axle boxes. Bill would like the lubricator to deliver more oil, so he is sending one of the thimbles as a pattern to Hopetown with Ed Bolam for Arthur Jenkins to make eight new ones, slightly shorter, so they will deliver more oil. Later they began to hydraulic test the atomisers, but that was not successful at the moment as the fittings have different threads so some new pipe work is required.
Ian Pearson and Steve Hyman patched up the Q6 back sheet with Goliath tape then fitted it to the cab, so it will hopefully keep the inside of the cab dry if it rains. It may be necessary though to acquire a new one in the New Year, but we will have to see how the patchwork repairs hold during the Christmas running. Steve also started to make a cover that fits around the tender water shut off linkage. He will continue this next week. Ed Bolam has measured up for two new securing pins to be made for the Q6 front windows. Hopefully, Arthur Jenkins will make these at Hopetown.
Ian has spoken to Nick Simpson and Paul Wickham regarding an induction course for new volunteer David Potter. After discussing with Paul, he will take David on an induction course next Wednesday 17 November. David is aware.