On Sunday 12th October the K1 and K4 travelled on the Road to the Isles. The K1, left Fort William (Banavie) around 07.15, with various stops for run-pasts, en route to Mallaig. After a break in Mallaig for lunch, the K4 worked the return.
The Q6 was used on service trains today (Wednesday 13th August) and is reported as performing satisfactorily so has now returned to regular traffic. It will be in traffic tomorrow so the working part has been cancelled. Thanks to all those who volunteered and to those who have helped to get it from Crewe to New bridge to Grosmont and eventually back in to service.
Work continues at Crewe on the J27 boiler. It has now been moved into the boilershop and laid on its side. By the time of the Q6 working party visit on 17 June, the roof stays had all been removed, and Helen, the machinist, was working on removing the copper side stays (and complaining about how hard they are). Richard Watkins confirmed that they would be sending some off for analysis to check their composition.
These take place at 19:30, usually on the second Friday of the month between September and May. Meetings now take place in Darlington Club and Institute in Northgate; see the What's on menu item for details.
The J72 continues to work through the summer on the Wensleydale railway. It is scheduled to be in service from Wednesday - Saturday every week during August, plus Sunday and Monday the 24th and 25th when the rural craft exhibition will be taking place at Aysgarth station.
Evening working parties will continue at Hopetown between 19:00 and 22:00 on Mondays and on some Thursdays. Contact Terry Newman (Monday evening) or Fred Ramshaw (Thursday evening) if you wish to attend a working party. Daytime working parties take place between 11:00 and 17:00 on Thursdays.
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