Saturday 23rd March 2019

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:37 Paul Hutchinson K1 Blog

Since my last report we have worked 7 days and 3 evenings on the K1 at Carnforth with volunteer numbers ranging from 1 to 5.

In short the roof stay nut replacement and header prep are complete, the boiler is now upright and is more or less ready for steam test (I intend to light it up on Tuesday evening).

The "J" pipe is still away for repair so the steam test will be carried out with the steam pipe blanked off - West Coast have made us a blank for this purpose.

The ashpan is now ready for refitting although we will put some of the spray pipe work back in before it is reunited with the boiler as this will be easier to do before.

The RH coupling rods are back up and the tender front repaint has progressed. The draw bar, now returned from the forge after straightening, has been temporarily refitted as the tender will be moved this week.

This week, as well as the steam test, we are hoping to complete the refitting of the side rods and motion, refit both leading sands filler pipes (they were removed to facilitate the riveting work carried out by West Coast earlier in the year) and possibly complete the painting work on the front of the tender.