Another very busy couple of days Sunday/Monday but good progress was made.
The boiler repair had a successful insurance co hydraulic test on Thursday last week. There was no working party on Saturday but Sunday was spent finishing the reassembly (not quite achieved) and preparing the loco for a steam test on Monday. Three of us stayed over on Sunday evening – it was a long day with the engine being lit up at 23:30.
In view of this we had a lay in until 07:00 on Monday, with the fire being revived before breakfast. The loco was then brought round very slowly with no steam until around 11:00. As the pressure came round the doors etc and new joints were all regularly checked and the repair area caulked where necessary. Whilst all, of that was going on the reassembly continued. In the end the test was successful. The insurance co were satisfied with both the repair and the “hot” exam they undertook so we have boiler insurance in place for another year. Good news, and quite a relief!
We will be steaming the engine again next Wednesday (12th) to check on a few tidying up jobs but before then we will be casting the new concrete arch in the firebox this Saturday. A test run to Hellifield and back is also planned for Easter Monday.