Ian Pearson reports a cold fine day on Tuesday at Grosmont for Bill Dobson, Nigel Hall, Trevor Wilford, Gordon Wells and Ian himself.
Nigel gave the small section of J27 roof that lifts up a coat of black gloss. The J27 had a hydraulic test on the previous day in readiness for next week's insurance hydraulic exam. This showed a bad leak from the regulator, whistle, and top lefthand gauge frame Klinger packing. Ian and Nigel then worked on the J27 down at the boiler shop at the request of Tom Leach the boilersmith. Nigel assisted Tom removing the dome and then the regulator valve, while Ian removed the old Klinger packing and replaced it with a new one. Tom has now fitted blanks to the main steam pipe where the regulator fits, and the whistle.
Wednesday was a cloudy cold morning but warming up later on during the morning. Present were Bill Dobson, Nigel Hall, Ed Bolam, Terry Newman, Ian and a welcome return by David Potter.
The J27 regulator had its old gasket cleaned off by Nigel, then David and Nigel blued and ground in the regulator valve ready for refitting after the hydraulic exam.
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