The lads had a good day on Saturday.
The blast pipe spark arrestor, safety valves and whistle were removed for servicing and in preparation for further work and the cleaning work inside the firebox ahead of the annual exam has almost been completed. The smokebox door seal has also been removed as have the cosmetic front cylinder covers, the side rod split pins an cotters and the draw bar pin split pins. The engine and tender are now ready to split.
There will be another working party on Saturday when we plan to remove the side rods (after checking all clearances in order to determine which bushes need to be remetalled or replaced) and continue clearing the smokebox in preparation for removal of the elements. We might even replace a few roof stay nuts if time permits.
Whilst I doubt we can compete with the Q6 on the tea drinking and cake eating front we will manage the odd cuppa and might even get a lunch break. You would also be very welcome to come and join in the fun.