Ian reports a bitterly cold but fine day, 'minus two degrees', at Grosmont (and it wasn't any warmer at St James Park last night), with Joan and Andy Lowes, Peter Ellis, Alan Hardie and Ian himself. It was so cold they used the A4 cabin for the usual cuppa, lunch and afternoon tea: it was much more comfortable and warm!
First of all, Ian brought 15 of the small tubes into Deviation Shed for Peter cut down to 9' 6" for Gordon Wells. These were then put back outside the Shed and the off cuts put with the scrap pile. Andy has measured up the valve ports to allow him to set the valve heads which are at Hopetown. Joan had a good clear up on the workshop bench with some item being removed and put upstairs, and bits of small scrap in a bin marked scrap. After starting the compressor, Alan cleaned all the remaining holes in the tube plate and completed the bottom holes by going into the boiler to gain a better access. Andy and Peter were working on the oil pipes to the driving axle boxes: the left hand side is now fitted and completed, but more pipe work and fitting is to be done by Peter next Saturday on the right hand side. The shed cleaners came in to see if we had any jobs for them so Ian got them to remove the scrap tubes from the front side of No 6 Road to the scrap pile outside.
Later on Alan got a start needle gunning the front tube plate above the concrete. Then it was time to get cleared up as they wanted to be away home about 3pm so the Shed was locked up, a cup of tea in the A4 cabin, and then depart.
Another working party on Wednesday, again, weather permitting, when Bill Putman is planning to be calling at about 11am to collect the 50 small tubes put aside for the Ryedale Society of Model Engineers, and for which they have made a donation to the Q6 fund.
On the Q6 generally, Bill's update for the Social meeting last Friday was that the new small tubes had been ordered and were due for delivery before Christmas - possibly by the end of next week. The boiler inspector is due to visit in the first week of the New Year to carry out his internal inspection of the boiler, subject to which, Bill has pencilled in the hydraulic for the last week in January. Fingers crossed, but just still on schedule for 19 March target date for completion.