We had a pretty good day on Saturday.
There were 5 of us in attendance and we managed to change a few roof stay nuts, remove all of the rocking sections and side bearers of the grate in readiness for the ashpan repairs to be carried out by West Coast under contract, remove both expansion links and die blocks so that the condition of the die blocks could be properly assessed and remove the union links and combination levers.
In addition good progress was made in cleaning the piston valves. One side has been completed and the other 75% done.
We even managed to have our lunch, complete with mine pies sitting in the sun, the Grosmont crew can only dream of such luxury!
There will be another working party this Saturday when the main push will be getting the back valve covers off, the crossheads split and the pistons out.