I arrived just before 10:00 to find Steve Gibson and Peter Shields camped on the doorstep raring to go.
So, before Allan Wilson could make our first pot of tea, the caps were off, clearances measured with feeler gauges, and rods off. Les Harper greased all the crank pins but these really ought to be protected on further on Monday. Then, whilst just finishing tea the phone rang. Fred required fitters at Leeming Bar to change the loco spring. Steve and Peter left for a day under the J27.
Peter Geroux and Derek Shorton removed the cladding from the firebox crown, bagged the lagging and made a start removing the loose scale from the outside of the boiler. We are still some way from the stage where needle guns are required.
Les Harper did a fair bit of cleaning between frames. He was suspicious that at least one weigh shaft lubricators was blocked and that there was a lot of debris around the reverser handle pivot. He cleaned out the pivot – the handle now moves freely again.
I visited M Machine and took the blast pipe and spark arrestor there to enable Tom to understand what he is making. He seemed happy, and was expecting a visit from Andy Lowes in the afternoon.
Another call from Fred after lunch. Colin Bowman took some burs, stones, drills and reamers down to Leeming Bar in order to enlarge a hole in the new spring. He returned the tool kit a couple of hours later to report that the crew had managed to enlarge the hole before he arrived.
The bunker is now rubbed down and cleaned ready for the second coat of black primer.
We looked at the balance pipe and decided to leave it in place. It does not obstruct access to the wheels and motion and, unless it needs servicing, might be better left in place.