Since the last update we have started needle gunning the inside of the barrel. Its a slow job but strangely rewarding. A start has also been made on removing the stays (grinding heads off at this stage) where the lower firebox sides are to be replaced and we have continued with descaling and painting the outer barrel and the areas of the firebox wrapper to be retained.
On the mechanical side we have all but finished cleaning the piston valve heads and the crossheads and slidebars have been removed, cleaned and the crossheads die pen tested (no defects detected). New slidebars are required and it is hoped that an order for these will be placed very soon. The crossheads are now at M.Machine in Darlington where they will be refurbished including a new LH top slipper (the RH was replaced in 2019). New little end pins are also required. As they have to be manufactured to match the crossheads M.Machine will also carry out this work under contract.
Many thanks to Angie Buxton, Lizzy Fielding, JP Venus, Robbie Ellis, Steve Gibson, Rolly Bingham and Mike Bloomfield who have all worked on the K1 at Carnforth since the last update and to Neal Woods for his tireless and priceless work to date in progressing the various instructions, specifications, procedures and quotations in respect of the numerous repairs/replacements required as part of the overhaul.