Ian reports that on Tuesday he called in at Grosmont to find the MPD crew in the process of removing the J27 cab. While this was going on, he and Nik Proctor cleared the pit of ash. Ian then put the pump on inside Deviation shed as the pit in there was quite deep. During the afternoon Ian put a warming fire in the Q6 ready for a steam test on the next day and ended up staying until 4pm.
On Wednesday, Ian was on his own until Jon arrived just before lunchtime. A mega shunt was going on at Deviation Shed, as a result of which Vera Lynn has now been moved outside and the well wagon with the generator on is now on No 6 Road in Deviation shed. The J27 is at the back of the Shed on No 7 Road with the Class 24 Helen Turner in front. The Q6 was in steam and work was being carried out on the lefthand side piston packing by Chris Henwood. The righthand cylinder cosmetic cover had been removed to investigate a leak from the main cover that we already knew about, so the cosmetic cover was refitted by Ian and Jon. Later in the afternoon, after Chris had refitted the piston packing, the Q6 was given a run up the head shunt in readiness for its outing on today's diner.
Ian is planning to go to Grosmont tomorrow (Friday) with Robson Hewitson to remove some items from the J27 to allow us to cut out a section of cladding in the area where the broken stays are situated.
A supplementary report from Ian Pearson. On Friday the Q6, a union, which is labelled L1, was leaking oil. It was found to be very loose and was tightened up and tested by turning the ratchet wheel - the leak had been cured. Robson and Ian then had to go and give the 9F a test run up the head shunt.