North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group

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Q6 - 12 January 2022

Ian reports a cloudy start yesterday with a dramatic sunrise turning the clouds purple and pink on the trip to Grosmont, then a day blessed with sunshine. Present on this glorious day were Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Nigel Hall, David Potter, Ian himself and, a little later, Jon Bradley. Steve brought in some consumables - 2 boxes of nitrile disposable gloves and 2 boxes of dust masks. These are to share with Hopetown. Inside Deviation Shed on No 7 Road now are the J27 at the rear with the Q6 in front. No 29 is on No 6 Road.

Various jobs were completed on the Q6 to get it ready for its annual inspection. Firstly, Ed cleaned inside the smokebox, removing soot from the tube plate and elements, also the main steam pipes. Checks were made in the fire box for cleanliness, which proved to be OK after its washout at the MPD. An item that Paul Wickham pointed out was that when the boiler was washed out water was leaking from the rear of the smokebox saddle. During the last week of running in December, the Q6 front sands were reported as not working very well so Steve and Ed started to service the various moving parts and found that some were all but seized. They did get them eased a bit, but more work will be carried out next week. Last week Ed found a loose taper pin on the righthand trailing brake hanger where it fits onto the brake table. Ian removed the old one and replaced it with a new taper pin.

Steve and Ian spent some time on the drop grate, opening and closing the grate. They found that when opening it, the side member lifts up. This can cause problems when disposing of a fire. Next week the rear grate sections will be removed to allow access to the grate mechanism. Ian removed the fire hole protector plate to allow easier access through the fire hole door. David cleaned the bases of the Q6 safety valves and boiler mounts, and also made two new gaskets. He also centralised the horn guide oil feed pipes on the driving axle boxes. Later in the afternoon a start was made on cleaning between the frames which are quite dirty. That work will continue next week.

Outside Deviation Shed, Jon got on with the new access route to the shed, cementing the new paving stones in position. It is now basically finished bar a couple of pavings at the rear that need a bit of sand to get them level.