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Q6 Blog

A record of events, activities and our work with the Q6.

As the Covid-19 pandemic had reduced the requirement for locomotives on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, in June 2020 a small group of volunteers, working within the Covid-19 protocol, made an early start on the plan to lift the boiler out of the frames. This was to allow an external examination of the boiler by the insurance company, and to allow the boiler ticket to be extended to 2028 - 10 years from the date of the internal examination. The opportunity was taken at this time to service the axle boxes, horns and related "bottom end" components.

The locomotive has had an "internal" steam test which has revealed a small number of snags to be rectified. Afer the formal steam test, witnessed by our insurance company boiler inspector, the locomotive should be ready for service again.

Monday 7th September 2020

Just had a report from Ian Pearson about the successful Q6 boiler lift at Grosmont on a damp and grey Monday, with Bill Dobson, Richard De Sadeleer, Chris Wakefield, Nigel Bill and Ian himself. Assistance was also received from MPD staff Paul Whickham, Chris Kelley and Shaun Bowler for which many thanks.

63395 ready for successful boiler lift at Grosmont on 7 September - Ian pearson.

The road crane arrived at 0830 but had to wait until 1030 for the morning train from Pickering to pass, after which a protection was put on the line and lifting could start. This gave Ian and Richard De Sadeleer time to prep the 08 shunter and move the 2 DMU power cars and 1 trailer car from No 7 Road onto No 9 Road. They had to be moved individually as there is a gearbox drive shaft fault on one of the power cars. Once these were removed from No 7 Road, Deviation Shed could be accessed, and the Q6 moved down to the MPD exit road. By this time the road crane was set up and in position on No 2 Road.

First lift was removing the cab, but, unfortunately, there were 3 bolts still securing it. These were soon cut off with an angle grinder however, and the cab removed. Then the strops were put around the boiler and various adjustments made to get the lift fairly straight (see photo). But the boiler would not move at the cab end, and when the cab was checked underneath, it was found that the diaphragm/expansion plate was still bolted through the ash pan and into the frames with 8 rusted in bolts. After several unsuccessful attempts to remove the bolts with a pneumatic wrench, it was abandoned and the burning gear was brought into action. With Richard De Sadeleer in the firebox, he burnt off all the heads of the bolts and then tried to knock out the remains of the bolt - but only managed one. Paul Wickham then went in with a pneumatic hammer and knocked out the rest of the bolts. By this time though, the possession had been lost and trains were passing. So from about 1245 until 1435 no lifting could take place.

Eventually, the boiler was successfully lifted out of the frames, and with Nigel Bill and Chris Wakefield guiding it with ropes, it was placed on packing set up by the MPD staff. With the the boiler on the packing but secured with the strops, the ash pan had to be removed. This turned into another long job, as the securing cotters had to be hammered out so far, then cut with an angle grinder, and some remaining pieces needing to be chiseled out. Eventually it dropped off and was dragged from underneath the boiler to the side using the JCB front loader. By 1715, clearing up was under way, the loco frames were shunted off, the crane crew got their vehicle ready for moving off site, and all the tools were returned to our workshop. By 1800 everyone left for home, after a very long, but eventually successful, day.

Next comes the sand blasting of the boiler, NDT testing and then the external exam by the boiler inspector.

On the Railway, the NYMR has now announced that, in addition to the two daily Pickering - Whitby trains, a steam hauled Rail Trail shuttle service will run between Grosmont and Goathland from next Monday, 14 September, until 1 November. It will leave Grosmont at 1100 and 1330, returning at 1215 and 1455 respectively. It will give some time to explore Goathland village, or walk the Rail Trail. Although subject to confirmation and availability, the main motive power is expected to be the J27 and No 29.


Tuesday and Wednesday 1st and 2nd September 2020

Ian reports a lovely fine sunny day at Grosmont on Tuesday, with Richard De Sadeleer, Chris Wakefield, Trevor Wilford and Ian himself.

At the moment it is a struggle to find jobs as the boiler lift is awaited, so Chris set about cleaning in the cab where lots of grease and dirt has accumulated: paraffin scrapers and brushes were the order of the day. Richard was given a couple of small jobs, altering the blank fitted last week to the safety valve boss by chamfering the corners which was touching the remaining cladding. He also removed some partly drilled out studs from a section of spark arrestor framework. Ian spent some time marking and labelling all the steel fittings of the spark arrestor frame. These are now stored in a green plastic box behind the bench in front of the picture display. Trevor continued to fabricate the back plate cladding. New metal has been cut and made ready for welding next week (see photo). Later on during the morning, Ian was asked to conduct Piglet while he drove his engine, Lucie, for the boiler inspector. The little locomotive passed with flying colours (see photo). Lunch was had alfresco on the picnic tables. After lunch, Ian was required to conduct Piglet again, as he gave Lucie a run up and down the shed siding a few times while Richard De Sadeleer took a video of the event.

63395 backplate with replacement steel on 1 September 2020 ready for welding - Ian Pearson.

It was another fine day at Grosmont on Wednesday with Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam and Ian. Some staging was brought up from the MPD and set up in front of the tender due to the tender being several yards away from the locomotive. This was so Steve could reach safely to connect a chain to the inside of the righthand tender locker door. A hole had to be drilled into the door and the side of the locker and then the chain attached. Ian did some checks in the smokebox on the blast pipe spark arrestor studs. The front stud shows a lot of wasting around the threads and may need replacing. Ed set to cleaning out the pit, and removed lots of slurry and ash. Lunch was again held alfresco on the picnic tables.

Lucie under the Grosmont coaling plant on 1 September after its successful steam test with Piglet, his brother, Ian Pearson and the boiler inspector.

After lunch, when Steve had finished fitting the chain to the locker door, all the staging was removed and returned to the MPD. Bill came in and introduced everyone to Mike Walsh from M & W crane hire who are going to lift the boiler next Monday, 7 September. Finally, some tidying up was done in the workshop, mainly underneath the bench at the south end.

65894 being wax polished at Grosmont MPD on 28 August 2020 - Terry Newman.

For next week, there will be an extra working party on Monday for the boiler lift, for which Ian Pearson, Bill Dobson, Richard De Sadeleer and Chris Wakefield have been rostered. Tuesday's regular working party will involve Ian, Bill Dobson, Richard De Sadeleer and Trevor Wilford, while Wednesday has Ian, Bill Dobson, Steve Hyman and Ed Bolam rostered.


Tuesday and Wednesday 25th 26th August 2020

Ian reports heavy rain storms most of the day at Grosmont on Tuesday, but Richard De Sadeleer, Trevor Wilford, Nigel Hall and Ian himself were in attendance. The planned Q6 boiler lift did not take place in the end. Apart from the weather, there was a problem with the crane hire company. Bill is going to contact another crane hire company, as everything is now ready for the lift, in the hope it can be done next week.

63395 grit blasting sand at Deviation Shed on 25 August 2020 - Ian Pearson

A ton of shot blast material was delivered on Monday and was brought up into Deviation Shed on two pallets with the JCB front loader. Space had to be made at the entrance to the Shed to accommodate the pallets (see photo), by removing various items which are now stored at the side of No 6 Road. All the boiler plugs fitted last week were changed for old ones by Richard, so the originals do not get damaged when the boiler is shot blasted. Trevor annealed the smokebox blower pipe and then continued with the damaged lower back head sheet. The damaged section was cut out (see photo), and will be replaced with new material next week. Nigel fitted a BR transfer onto the left hand side of the tender, so it is now a Q6 rather than a T2 (sorry Chris). Only one transfer was in the packet however, so Nigel is ordering another for the right hand side. Some tidying up was done in the workshop. Gordon Wells came in later in the morning and completed fitting a couple of electrical sockets in the washing area.

63395 damaged section cut out of lower back head sheet on 25 August 2020 -Ian Pearson

Wednesday was a better day weather wise, with brighter spells later in the morning and no rain. Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Bill Dobson and Ian were present.

A blank was brought from Hopetown and fitted by Steve to the back safety valve boss. A concentrated effort moved quite a few heavy items from around the buffer stops on No 8 Road to the side of No 6 Road. Ed gave the rocking grate mechanism a coat of red oxide, and also cleaned some nuts and bolts from the injector pipework. Steve and Ian took all the blast pipe spark arrester steel fittings down to the shot blaster at the MPD and cleaned the rust off them all. There are some odd pieces of bolts still to drill out and this will be done next week. Bill has been busy investigating the fitting of atomisers on the Q6 and these will be ordered shortly.

Meanwhile, the J27 has had a water change and is now available for traffic as spare engine. Repton, the 9F and the Class 25 are working the twice daily Pickering - Whitby trains, with the 9F double heading with Repton on the evening return to Pickering to avoid slippage and delays because of the heavy trains and wet and greasy rails on the 1 in 49. As a result, Grosmont to Goathland is being done very promptly! This service runs until 27 September. Whether any operating changes will be made to include services to intermediate stations remains to be seen, but when the J27 does return to service, it has 7 days operation before needing to be stopped for a 28 day washout and steam test. Although officially a job for the NYMR MPD, given their reduced staffing, Chris Henwood is hoping to get an NELPG team together to do the work, assisting a foreman or boilersmith. So if you want to be involved, look out for emails inviting volunteers once the timing is clearer.

Lucy has also been observed in steam outside No 5 Road with Piglet in charge.


Tuesday and Wednesday 11th and 12th August 2020

A misty muggy morning but getting very hot and humid later at Grosmont on Tuesday, with Bill Dobson, Richard De Sadeleer, Trevor Wilford, Nigel Hall and Ian Pearson in attendance

To start with, Ian set up the air line from our compressor, Bill borrowed a grinding tool from the MPD and ground small amount out of the newly machined little end bush to make it a better fit, while Richard set about cleaning more copper pipes and Trevor completed annealing the rest of the pipe work. Nigel Hall completed rubbing down the tender and has primed the tender handrails .

It was so hot at lunchtime only Richard and Ian braved lunch outside, the others lunched in Deviation shed. Gordon Wells came and connected a new switch for the water heater.

After lunch, Bill and Ian investigated drilling and tapping the sheared off studs which hold the right hand side of the tea tray. The smaller mag drill was borrowed from the MPD but it was then realised that the mag drill would not sit square on the backplate. To do this, a piece of steel plate would have to be tacked onto the backplate and, as no-one had any experience of doing this, Bill decided to contract the job out to the MPD staff. Trevor made a start on rectifying a section of backplate which fits around the centre lower area and round the fire hole door (see photo). Later, Bill repacked the steam brake valve and refitted it, before removing the steam valve from the manifold to the ejector, repacking it and then refitting that. Separately, Ian removed the steam supply valve from the manifold to the pressure gauge, repacked it and refitted that as well.

63395 backplate being rectified by Trevor Wilford on 11 August 2020 - Ian Pearson

On Tuesday, the J27 was topping and tailing with the 9F between Grosmont and MP18 (see photo), while No 5 was finally shunted outside of Deviation Shed by Chris Cubitt and Charlie Wood with help from Richard (see photo). Subsequent shunting saw the Standard Tank 80135 put back at the rear of Deviation Shed with the B1 tender on top.

65894 passes Deviation Shed with the 1530 ex Grosmont shuttle to MP18 on 11 August 2020 - Richard De Sadeleer

No 5's water feed pipe being removed by Chris Cubitt and Sean Bowler after it had been moved out of Deviation Shed on 11 August 2020 - Nigel Hall

Wednesday was another warm muggy day with some mist at times. Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam and Ian Pearson made it but no Nigel Bill as he was incapacitated. Now that No 5 has been shunted outside, the three musketeers moved all the cladding sheets back onto the spare space on No 6 Road, leaving No 7 Road clear for moving the Q6 out for its boiler lift. Steve worked in the cab most of the day repacking the steam heat valve, top manifold valve to blower, and the blower valve itself. Steve had also done quite a bit of work at home, updating the inventory system of parts taken off the locomotive. Ed spent all day cleaning copper pipe work, with some help from Ian. Ian though spent a lot of time upstairs in the workshop, making more space on the shelves in No 8 Bay, re-organising removed items onto the middle shelf, and stacking cleaned copper pipework onto the top shelf.

Lunch was had alfresco on the bench outside Deviation Shed, watching No 5 having its sand boxes and side tanks removed. The J27 was topping and tailing with the 9F once more.

Next week’s working parties will be on Tuesday 18 August with Bill Dobson, Trevor Wilford and Nigel Hall (Ian will not be available as he will driving that day), and on Wednesday 19 August with Ian Pearson, Steve Hyman and Ed Bolam.

The NYMR timetable changes next week. Tomorrow sees the last of the two shuttle services, with no services on Saturday or Sunday to give time to prepare for a daily, two train, through service from Pickering to Whitby, starting on Monday until 13 September. The services will leave Pickering at 0920 (and leaving Whitby at 1400), and 1200 (leaving Whitby at 1630). They will not stop at any intermediate stations. Subject to availability they will be steam hauled throughout.


Tuesday and Wednesday 4th and 5th August 2020

Another busy week at Grosmont.

On Monday, Bryan Orange and Luke Perry tiled the splashback for the new sink unit in Deviation Shed (see photo). That took most of the day to complete as the mirror had to be moved up about 3 inches higher so that the tiles didn't have to be nibbled round to make them fit. The final job was to connect the already provided cable to a power supply so that the upstairs emergency escape light fitting worked. That job was done and there is now full compliance with escape fittings in Deviation Shed.

Deviation Shed new washing facilities after tiling on 3 August 2020 - Luke Perry.

A windy, rainy Tuesday saw Trevor Wilford, Nigel Bill, Bill Dobson and Richard De Sadeleer joined by Ian Pearson just in time for lunch after having a medical with Dr Dallara at Loftus. Bill spent most of the day making valve joints for safety valves, whistle valve and reversing valve, while Trevor concentrated on annealing copper pipe work. Some defects were found on some of the pipes, mainly cracks in the copper, and these may need replacing. Nigel and Richard, after assisting Trevor setting up the copper pipes for annealing, drilled out the two broken studs on the back plate which hold the right hand side of the tea tray to the back plate. This was the job that Paul Jameson started last week and took all day to finish. Ian removed the annealed copper pipe back upstairs in the workshop for storage, with some relabelling where necessary and marking up some items for rectification.

The J27 was also on shed that day, having been taken out of traffic, reportedly with leaking valve covers, although I also heard that there was an issue with the lubricator mechanism. Either way, the problems were regarded as minor, quickly rectified, and it apparently returned to duty on the Grosmont/MP18 shuttles that day and Wednesday. Today it was back at Pickering, although it is being stabled at Grosmont overnight, running down to Pickering in the morning, working the shuttles during the day and then being dropped off the last one at Levisham and running back to Grosmont. The train is then taken back to Pickering with the 08 diesel shunter which is topping and tailing.

In contrast, Wednesday was a warm cloudy day with Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Trevor Wilford, Nigel Hall, and Ian Pearson, with Jon Bradley present until lunchtime, sealing round the new worktop. On the Q6, Steve chipped out the filler where the top end of the cab meets the bottom end and it is now ready for removal. Trevor continued annealing the copper pipes (there are now only a few left to do), while Ed and Ian spent most of the day cleaning the annealed pipes. These are about 50% done. Ian, Steve and Ed then removed all the cladding which was stored on No 6 Road onto No 7 Road on timber supports, to allow access for the removal of Lambton Tank No 5 next week.

Meanwhile, Nigel Hall concentrated on sanding down all the right hand side of the tender and most of the left side, in preparation for the return of the Q6 to BR livery. He plans to complete it next week, much to the irritation of that true NER officianado, Chris Cubitt, who on seeing the North Eastern livery disappearing from the tender, castigated the operation and person responsible and apparently had the following exchange with Barney :-

Chris Cubitt to Barney: “He’s not following the MPD method statement for the painting of BR liveries.”
Barney: “Why, what’s it say?”
Chris Cubitt: “Don’t!”

Can't really follow that, other than to say that next week's working parties will be on Tuesday 11 August with Bill Dobson, Ian Pearson, Trevor Wilford, Richard de Sadeleer and Nigel Hall, and on Wednesday 12 August with Ian Pearson, Steve Hyman, Nigel Bill and Ed Bolam.

Remember, the virus is still around, so take care and keep safe.


Wednesday 29th July 2020

Ian Pearson reports two fine days at Grosmont on Tuesday and Wednesday, although Tuesday was a bit windy. Bill Dobson, Richard de Sadeleer and Paul Jameson joined Ian on Tuesday, with Steve Hyman and Ed Bolam attending on Wednesday with Ian and Paul Hutchinson.

Between them all, quite a lot of items were removed on Tuesday - steam brake, cylinder cock rod, reversing indicator rod, steam reverser direction rod, steam pipe from manifold to ejector, and cab manifold cover. Paul Jameson spent all day drilling out a sheared cab cladding bolt and re tapped it. Then two studs on the right hand side tea tray which sheared while dismantling the cab cladding last week were drilled out. The top one has been tapped. Richard de Sadeleer drilled out lots of sheared small bolts from a long section of crinoline that was removed from the boiler top. Bill Dobson measured up the cylinder covers and is ordering new copper rings.

Jon Bradley also came in and worked in the new washing area, fitting a cupboard and mirror and cupboard doors (see photo). All that remains now is tiling of the splash back, which Bryan Orange has said he will do, and the job will be complete. A big improvement to the faciliities in Deviation Shed, so many thanks to everyone involved in getting the job done. Come October of course, we will need to remember to fit an additional water valve in the manhole outside the cleaners store to ensure we don't have the water supply cut off when the NYMR isolate the coaling plant water supply over winter to stop its water pipes from freezing up!

New washing facilities on 28 July 2020. - Ian pearson

On Wednesday, Ian Pearson and Paul Jameson removed the rear section of the fire grate, and then the vacuum train pipe section from the cab to allow access to another sheared cladding bolt which Paul Jameson drilled out and re tapped. Steve Hyman continued where Richard de Sadeleer left off on Tuesday, redrilling and tapping with a 5/16 Whitworth tap on the section of crinoline, with still quite a few holes left to deal with. Ed spent all day cleaning, rubbing down, and painting with red oxide, the vacuum pipe that had been removed earlier and the back plate tea tray. Most items removed over the last two days have been logged and labelled and put into store. Lunch was had alfresco on the picnic table overlooking the shed with No29 on steam test.

All the fire extinguishers have been checked and examined. Both Propane and Oxygen bottles have been changed from BOC to NeeGas. All departments on the Railway are now using NeeGas.

The next Q6 working party will be on Tuesday 4 August with Trevor Wilford, Bill Dobson, and Richard de Sadeleer, with possibly Nigel Bill and Ian Pearson joining after lunch following their medical at Loftus. On Wednesday 5 August, the working party will be Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam and Ian Pearson.

There were quite a few visitors around this Wednesday. Services are due to restart on Saturday (Yorkshire Day), with shuttles running from Pickering/Levisham and Grosmont/MP18, but remember, trains will not be stopping at intermediate stations and there will be no access to platforms at any stations other than for booked passengers and rostered staff/volunteers.


Q6 - 22/23 June 2021

While I was struggling over the South Devon banks in the heat this week, Ian reports that Tuesday was also a fine sunny day at Grosmont with two teams at work. Firstly, Chris Henwood, Paul Hutchinson, Angie Buxton, Colin Smith, Richard Worrall and Finn Allen working on the J27's internal steam test, while Bill Dobson, Nigel Bill, Ian McCall, Nigel Hall, Gordon Wells, Trevor Wilford and Ian were working on the Q6. Colin Foxton called in during the afternoon for cuppa and a chat to see how thing were progressing.

In Deviation Shed the protective dust sheets were removed from the Q6 boiler to allow tidying up of the underside of the boiler cladding. More black gloss paint was then applied by Nigel Hall.

The front of the cylinder casting and cover were cleaned in readiness for fitting the new copper gaskets which arrived on Monday. These were annealed, then fitted, with the covers following using the hydraulic lifting table. Ian Selkirk and his assistant from Hogg Engineering came down and inspected the main steam pipe flanges which need machining so the Lenz rings will fit correctly. Having checked the position, and after discussion with Bill, the steam pipes were loaded up on to their truck and taken back to their works for machining.

Some welding jobs were also done. The back damper damaged bracket was removed and two lugs were welded on ready for drilling to allow the damper handle to be re-connected. A drive arm for the mechanical drive also had an extension welded on. Two copper gaskets for the J27 were annealed, ready to be fitted after the steam tests - these are now in store upstairs in Deviation workshop. Work carried on with the Q6 lubricator which was disconnected to allow oil to be pumped through the new pipe work to the new oil feed boxes on the rear axle boxes using the hurdy gurdy pump. The vacuum exhaust pipe and various operating rods were given a coat of black gloss paint.

Wednesday was another warm day with Bill Dobson, Nigel Bill, Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Nigel Hall and Ian Pearson present.

The rather heavy Q6 ejector exhaust pipe was fitted back onto the boiler and secured, with all hands assisting. In the smokebox, the four bolt holes in each steam pipe from the cylinder block were reamed out, making the new bolts a better fit. They had accumulated rust over time. In the cab, the ejector brake valve drain pipe was fitted, along with the wooden seating, although some securing bolts have to be fitted to complete this job. The rear damper bracket that was repaired on Tuesday was drilled and fitted to the damper door and then the operating handle from the cab fitted. The big end bearings were dismantled to allow a bump test. The test was successfully completed on the lefthand side: righthand to do next week. Filling and rubbing down of the outside of the cab was started.

The white board that was situated above the lathe has been moved and fitted to the outside wall at the south end of the workshop. Nigel Bill is going to acquire some marker pens .


Thursday 23rd July 2020

Ian reports that Tuesday at Grosmont was fine and sunny with Bill Dobson, Richard De Sadeleer, Nigel Bill, and Ian himself in attendance. Nigel brought a sack barrow donated by  Nigel Hall to whom many thanks.

Richard and Nigel removed the remaining old insulation from No 6 Road to the skip, then moved all the boiler bands from the walkway into the 4 foot on No 6 Road, followed by sweeping the walkway. Richard and Ian then removed nearly all of the outstanding copper pipe fittings in the cab, along with the back damper handle and front sands operating rod. All these items have been labelled and logged. Bill worked all day fitting into the con rods the little end brass bushes which were recently made by Ian Storey. Nigel removed the left and right trailing brass oil boxes which he cleaned and stored upstairs.

NESS came in to repair No 7 roller shutter door which Ian had reported as faulty to Bryan last week. The door was snagging on the way down making it difficult to close. It is working fine now but the door engineer said it may need a new side channel runner. The door closed without a problem when work had finished for the day. Later in the afternoon, Jon Bradley and Gordon Wells came in later to work on the the washing facilities, as a result of which there is now a cupboard on the wall and running hot and cold water (see photo). Jon also painted the unit doors to be fitted next week.

Deviation Shed new washing facility on 21 July 2020 - Ian Pearson.

Elsewhere on the Railway, there was shadow running of trains on Tuesday to Whitby and Pickering with Repton No. 926 and diesel Class 25 D7628 for crew refresher training.

On Wednesday it was slightly overcast day with Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam and Ian present.

Steve and Ian spent most of the day removing the back head cladding, blower steam pipe, boiler gauge pressure pipe, tea tray, and the steam brake to manifold pipe - along with some very stubborn bolts. The attached photo shows the current stripped down state of the backhead. Ed spent all day cleaning all the muck off various pipes and cladding. All the cladding items are now stored on No 6 Road. The wooden gauge mounts are stored upstairs above the workshop. Insulation from the back head was removed to the skip.

63395 backhead after stripping down on 22 July 2020 - Ian Pearson

Lunch was had in Deviation shed due to a shower of rain, and Kevin Gould called after lunch with a gauge frame protector from Class J25 No 65645 which he has given to NELPG. This will be a spare for the Q6 or J27. The story behind its saving will be in issue 3 of the e-newsletter in September.

The S15 No 825 was in steam banking the 10.30 Grosmont to Pickering and back on a test run with Repton as train engine, and TV was at Pickering to interview Chris Price about the re-opening of the Railway, with the train standing in the background.

Next week's Q6 working parties are on Tuesday 28 July with Ian Pearson, Bill Dobson, Richard de Sadeleer and Paul Jameson, and on Wednesday 29 July with Ian Pearson, Ed Bolam, Steve Hyman and Paul Jameson.

Up in Scotland, it is reported that, apart from the rain, the K1 is running fine with no problems, and you will have seen yesterday's photo from James Pearcy of it at Fort William carrying a wreath in memory of friends and colleagues lost this year. Passenger numbers are apparently increasing as the week progresses, with 206 on Tuesday and 150 on the first day of K1 running. Paul will provide a full report on the week once he gets back at the weekend.


Wednesday 8th July 2020

Tuesday was a fine but slightly overcast day at Deviation Shed with Bill Dobson, Nigel Bill, Richard De Sadeleer and Ian Pearson present.

Steady progress was made, with Richard undoing bolts on the cladding and getting it ready for removal while Nigel removed the last of the concrete in the smokebox. All the studs that hold the smokebox to the saddle will be burnt off sometime shortly. Bill was busy removing the left hand timber seating and framework to allow access to the bolts holding the two halves of the cab together. About half the countersunk bolts were removed on this side. Ian meanwhile was logging and labelling parts to start with, and then assisting Richard with the cladding and Nigel in the smokebox. The B1 tender was moved a short distance south to allow the cladding to be stored on No 6 Road. The first sheet Richard removed is marked 'top firebox' and sits on top of the boiler between sheets '5 left' and '5 right'. These are now stored on No 6 Road.

63395 cladding sheet No 4 left being moved to store on No 6 Road at Deviation Shed on 7 July 2020 by Ian Pearson, Bill, Dobson and Nigel Bill - Richard de Sadeleer.

After lunch (held on the picnic benches outside), Nigel did the monthly defibrillator check in my continuing absence. He had also brought the little end brasses from Ian Storey’s workshop. Jon Bradley called in to deliver the new kitchen unit and sink, and Gordon Wells brought the new water heater. These are to be fitted later with a worktop which Carolyn Green is supplying next Tuesday (see photo of now empty space into which they will be fitted). Back on the engine, Richard had removed the top cladding bolts on No 4 cladding sheet. This sheet was quite difficult to remove as it had been pop riveted, but it proved possible to drag the sheet out far enough to chop off the pop rivets and remove the sheet in 2 halves. These are marked '4 left' and '4 right' and are stacked on No6 Road with the others (see photo of '4 left' being moved). A start was made on cladding sheet No 3 but removal was left for the following day.

A fine sunny morning greeted Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Nigel Bill and Ian Pearson at Deviation Shed on Wednesday.

Steve and Nigel spent all day in the cab following on from Bill’s work the previous day, and removed the remaining countersunk bolts which hold the two sections of the cab together, and the timber structure on the right hand side that holds the driver's seat in place. This timber surround, when dismantled, allows access to the countersunk nuts and bolts. Both left and right cab side had all the bolts removed by the end of the day. Nigel had to remove the filler that covers the countersunk head to allow an allan key to loosen the nut from the bolt. Ed and Ian set about removing the front 3 sections of cladding: not an easy task as none of the top cup head screws would move so they had to chisel off the 24 screw heads. Then, underneath, they found the self tapping screws which hold the two sections of cladding sheet together, wouldn't move either so they also had to be chiselled off. By the end of the day, alln3 cladding sheets were split, making 6 pieces, and removed and stored on No 6 Road. Gordon, Jon and Bill called in for a short while to attend to a few small jobs on the new washing facilities.

Deviation Shed - empty space cleared for installation of washing facilities on 7 July 2020. - Ian Pearson



Thursday 2nd July 2020

Three days of working parties at Grosmont on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so a very full report for this week at Grosmont on both locomotives.

Tuesday was a slightly overcast, fine and cooler day for working in Deviation shed compared to last week, with Bill Dobson, Nigel Bill, Jon Bradley and Ian Pearson. First job was to remove the two large boxes of equipment used to bore the Q6 cylinders from the entrance of Deviation Shed down to the MPD, and which Barney moved with the front loader. Then items in the area just inside the workshop were all removed to make space for the water supply and sink unit, due to be installed later in the week. Gordon Wells called in and moved an electrical unit that was stored in that area to the electricity substation. Then Bill and Jon set about sorting out and moving items from the buffer stops. Lots have now been stored near the side roller door, including old buffers, various castings and coach brake blocks, and the J21 chimney, with the intention of sending them to Hopetown. They also spent a lot of time refitting the bench back to the other side of the buffer stop. The buffers are to be moved forward about 5 feet shortly so that work can be done safely on an outside bench.

63395 No 5 cladding sheet safely removed in Deviation Shed on 1 July 2020 - Ian Pearson.

Nigel and Ian carried on working on the Q6 boiler removing the boiler bands. All 6 bands have now been removed - not an easy job as some of the threaded bolts were covered in paint or rust and double nuts. Nor were they easy to get at, and two bolts had to be cut through with the angle grinder - but that's steam engines for you!

63395 boiler in Deviation Shed with No 5 left side cladding sheet removed on 1 July 2020 - Ian Pearson.

After lunch at the picnic bench, Nigel and Ian started to remove the left side hand rail. This proved to be very stubborn. It is joined in two sections, but they would not part and, after many attempts to split the two sections, defeat was accepted. The cab hand rail securing the barrel was then removed and eventually the full length of the hand rail was moved about 6 feet forwards. Then the J27 tender was found to be in the way, stopping the hand rail from being fully withdrawn, so was left for the next day. Jon started to remove the wooden driver's seat as the nuts are underneath that fasten the top of the cab to the bottom, but a lot more timber in this area is going to have to be removed to get at all the nuts. Andy Wiffin called in just after 4 pm to check with Bill where to fit the new pipe in the workshop on Thursday. Gordon is going to fit trace heating to the pipe so it won't freeze in winter.

63395 steam ejector exhaust pipe alongside No 6 Road in Deviation Shed after removal on 1 July 2020 - Ian Pearson.

On Wednesday, the working party was Steve Hyman, Ed Bolam, Richard De Sadeleer and Ian Pearson. They hadn’t been there long when North East Security Doors came to service the Shed's roller shutter doors. While they got on with that, the team got on with removing the left side hand rail. It was finally removed in one piece, and without the need to move the J27 - bonus! The small bolts holding No.5 cladding sheet, which is on the left side, were then removed and, with a rope attached, it was gently removed and lowered to the floor (see photos). Next, the right hand front section of hand rail was removed.

63395 brake ejector on bench in Deviation Shed after removal on 1 July 2020 - Ian Pearson.

After lunch, again at the picnic bench, Steve and Richard concentrated on removing the steam reversing operating handle, brake ejector, and, eventually, the ejector exhaust pipe (see photos), while Ed and Ian were removing the small cladding bolts. Some come out quite easily but others won’t move, so more work to be done.

On Thursday, after helping with a few odd jobs on the J27, Ian then made a start dismantling the Q6 steam reversing housing, which was uncoupled from its holding brackets and put in store in No 8 bay upstairs in the workshop. Then the rear section of the right side hand rail, which covers the steam reverser operating shaft, was removed and stored at the side of 6 Road. The operating shaft itself was then removed with help from Robson, and stored again at the side of 6 Road. All items taken off have been logged and labelled.


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