Last weekend's working parties went quite well.
Further progress was made with honing the piston valve liners, the RH piston was de-carboned and cleaned, the steam heat valve refitted, the union link pin bushes were removed from the crossheads ahead of replacement, all of the crosshead clearances were measured and recorded and the tender was jacked, packed and all springs removed.
Those of us who did the full weekend had another excellent evening in Lancaster. It was almost worth the trip over just for that.
During the course of last week West Coast made a start on replacing the centre hopper of the ashpan and it is anticipated that this work will be completed this week. We will then be able to refit the grate.
There will be another working party on Saturday. The main job will be preparing the loco for the removal of the trailing wheel set (which is to be removed next week). We will need a minimum of 4 people to do this but unfortunately some of the Carnforth regulars are not available so if you are able to attend it would be very much appreciated.
The is also to be a working party on Thursday 18th Jan, principally to progress the valve liner honing but there is plenty of other work to if you would like to attend. As I said in last week's e-mail we are now behind programme with this years winter maintenance so I would be very grateful for any help you can give, even if it is just one or two trips to Carnforth.
In addition to the above we need to get the OTMR recorder down to Arrowvale in Redditch, Worcestershire. We can send it by courier but it costs quite a lot owing to its relatively high replacement value. If anyone is heading that way in the next week or two and would not mind dropping it off then please let me know. It is not heavy or bulky.