Ian reports another cold but fine day at Grosmont with Peter Ellis, Trevor Wilford, Nigel Bill, one of our JV's, Finn Allen, and Ian hinself.
No mice again today, but Hutchy, the Robin came into the workshop for a warm. After the usual cuppa, Trevor and Peter got into action at the smoke box end to complete chiselling with the pneumatic gun and splitting with the burning gear. Then with Ian and Finn in the firebox knocking the ends over, a start was made removing the tubes but it was slow progress. After Trevor had finished with the airline, Nigel and Finn set it up in the firebox, and, with Ian and Finn back in the firebox, we started with the air gun. It was found to be too aggressive though and causing some slight damage to the hole in the copper plate.
We therefore abandoned this method of removal for now. Some sort of drift tool needs making for the pneumatic gun which would make removal much easier. So it was back to the hammer method and drift tool to extract the tubes and, at the end of the day, we managed to extract a grand total of 13. We noted that at the fire box end that all the tubes have a copper ferrule fitted. Nigel has started stacking the tubes in the space on No 6 road.
Ian acquired eight corks from MPD stores and fitted these to the top plates of the axle boxes. Peter annealed two copper pipes that feed oil to the driving axle box from the brass box: these will be new replacements as the old ones have seen better days. We also gave the duty fitter a helping hand to fit the valve and piston cover on Standard Tank 80136.
Lunch again was had in Deviation Shed where some of Friday night's Bun Fight buffet was consumed.