Lovely fine sunny Spring days this week for a change, with the hedgerows starting to green up and daffodils in abundance at the road sides. On Tuesday, Bill Dobson, Terry Newman, Gordon Wells, Chris Lawson (who did not arrive until lunchtime) and Ian Pearson benefited from the good weather.
Terry and Gordon continued to work on the Q6 atomiser pipes with advice and assistance from Bill, Gordon working at the atomiser end with Terry in the cab working from the manifold valve downwards to the left side of the boiler avoiding other fittings. Not an easy task as this work required pipes annealing, cutting, bending and the brazing of various fittings. At the end of the day, two sections of pipe still remained to be bent into shape and fitted. Ian had a look at the tender water carrot valves which drip water constantly. These will need taking off some time in the future for overhaul and possible renewal. The operating linkage was given a good oiling.
Wednesday was more of the same weather wise, with Bill Dobson, Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Trevor Wilford, Jon Bradley and Ian Pearson.
Bill continued the Q6 copper pipe work with Ian and Jon assisting where required. Ian borrowed a set of pipe bending equipment from diesel fitter Bob Fussey. Unfortunately, while Bill was bending the copper pipe, the bender's main cast body broke into two pieces, rendering it useless. Ian took it back to Bob with our apologies. Eventually, Bill managed to get the pipe bent using some gentle heat and with Trevor's assistance. However, the bending and brazing of the fittings took all day. So Bill and Ian decided to come in on Thursday for a couple of hours to complete fitting these two last pieces of pipe.
Jon removed the spring from the new access gate due to it being too strong.
On Thursday, Ian and Bill were back at Grosmont thinking a couple of hours work would complete the copper pipe work. Such optimism! It wasn't to be. The last job was to join the middle cab section to the piece under the cab. But it would not braze satisfactorily to the sleeve that holds the two together and it looks like a new sleeve will have to be made next week.