Although there have been no formal Q6 working parties at Grosmont for some weeks now, because of other commitments and work being done by others off site, Nigel Hall has been working quietly away on painting the frames underneath the running plate. That work is now virtually finished, the wheelsets are due back from South Devon at the end of the month, the tapping for the flue tubes in the firebox tubeplate is now just required for the top row, Mark O'Brien was going to order the bottle ends for the 16 tubes that have already been tapped to minimise further delays, and he is pursuing arrangements for welding new ends on the elements. Mark has also identified some preparatory work that needs to be done before the flues are fitted, and a working party, with Ian Pearson as RO, will be held next Wednesday (23rd) at Grosmont to make a start on these tasks.
So if you are looking for a break from the summer holiday, wanting to get away for the day and see the purple heather on the moors, or getting back into the swing of working on the near centenarian Q6, why not come along on Wednesday and give us a hand from 9.30. Tea and biscuits will be available on tap in Deviation Shed, there will be visitors to chat to, and hopefully donations to extract for the collection box, if nothing else. Look forward to seeing you!
Hopefully, working parties will continue on a regular basis from now on, as there will be a lot of work to be done during the next few weeks to get the Q6 back together and hopefully operating before the end of the season. Bill Dobson has now taken on the Q6 caretakership, to ease the workload on Paul Hutchinson, and will be sorting out the future work programme in conjunction with Paul Middleton and the NYMR MPD, so watch this space.