15 volunteers signed the book at Hopetown today. We were also joined by Les Coughtrey with his NDT kit, and later by Dave Wright who has damaged his leg playing badminton. Dave delivered firewood and made everybody tea before his early departure. (That’s 17 in total at a mid-week working party, we are getting close to numbers in the good old days at No 5 Depot.)
After allocation of the work from the job list, Richard Starrs from Darlington Borough Council (Project Manager, Stockton and Darlington Railway Heritage Action Zone) and a prospective historic building surveyor arrived for a quick visit. After that I had a trip to the shop for milk and biscuits, Smith and Allen for supplies and to M-Machine to collect a box of steel blanks which Neal Woods had ordered (currently on machinists bench).
Steve Gibson dismantled the big end straps for NDT, then got on with the ash pan. John Jones and Paul Mason extracted the slide bar bolts for NDT. Colin Smith and Allan Wilson continued cleaning the front section of the frames, but with John and Paul above, things were a little crowded. Tim Williamson finished cleaning the eccentric rods for NDT, then set about the couplings. He also slackened the eccentric straps 1 & 4 in readiness for NDT. Harry Sams fitted the new studs into the saddle but I don’t think managed to trial fit the blast pipe.
Maurice Bell was busy on the Harrison lathe and Arthur now has the Colchester lathe back together. Roy Marshall arrived after lunch and discussed some guarding issues with the machinists.
Andy Bell discovered that a steam heat valve shaft was badly bent and would need replacing. He’s found a suitable piece of brass for Maurice or Arthur to turn. We may need to source a tiny spring for this valve.
Colin Bowman did a fine job of tidying the workshop for the weekend. A good day’s work all round, bit things don’t look very different.