We had a frustrating day on Saturday. Much less achieved that I had hoped.
There were 4 of us in attendance. The engine and tender had been split during a shunt mid-week so we were able to clean the front of the tender and remove the draw bar and safety links. The draw bar has come back to Teesside for straightening, shortening and NDT. We will NDT the pins at Carnforth.
The drain cocks were removed for servicing and cylinder cladding sheets have been removed to facilitate a thorough exam of steam pipes (parts of which are behind the cladding) and an exam of the cylinder castings. Other than that we had a short MIC on changing gauge frame packings and that was about it. Still I suppose we are further on than we would have been if we hadn’t gone!