Crowds of people today, we parked in the national parks car park as requested due to a large green engine running with Terry Newman at the controls. I am not used to all these people crowding the platforms after three months with just NELPEG workers around Grosmont! It was nice to see a good appreciative public around our shed, it makes all the hard work we do on Q6 worthwhile.
So today we were four Ian Pearson (shed shunter driver commandeered) Alan Hardie, Peter (the plumber) Ellis & Andy Lowes.
The work today was to assemble the base of the spark arrestor onto the blast pipe & prepare the new bolts to hold the mesh in place. This was achieved apart from tapping the holes in the framework this will be done next Saturday if I remember to bring a tap along.
The centre right side rod was transported to the press in the running shed & both bushes were pressed out ready to be re-metalled & machined.
We had a very pleasant lunch break in hot sunshine at the picnic tables & Paul Middleton joined us to discuss where we are with the Q6. I told him we are ready to get the wheels out & it has been agreed to start with the drivers first, then return the loco to Deviation shed so freeing up the wheel drops for spring changes etc. This will not be this next week due to pre running season last minute jobs still to do, also Paul needs to agree costing for this work with NELPG before work starts on the second stage. First stage was removal of flue tubes with Mark O’Brian, now complete.
The anti vacuum valve has been cleaned & a crack was discovered in one of the four spokes of the casting. Neal Woods called in so I discussed with him the various methods of repairing it. Neal got in contact with our CME John Graham & will have a look at it on Monday evening at Hopetown, all very productive with quick results, I am well impressed thanks.
The side covers on the smoke box were also removed to expose the end plugs on the supper heater header. A dirty job but the dark hair took our plumber back to his youthful looks he said!
Lots of little fiddly preparation jobs today but good progress was made all the same.
Jobs for Wednesday 29th March:
- Dig out more concrete around bolts for blast pipe & remove bolts
- Loco brake gear to strip, clean & inspect
- Continue stripping/cleaning valve assemblies
- Clean loco ready to remove wheels