Ian reports that yesterday was not the best morning for travelling to Grosmont, with sleet and snow hammering down and slippery road surfaces but everyone got there safely. Within half an hour of arrival though, the sun started to shine and Andy Lowes, Arthur Jenkins, Bryan Orange and the Junior Volunteers, Peter Whitaker, Trevor Wilford, and Ian were blessed with a fine day.
Andy lit the stove and got the kettle on with cups of tea all round: he knows his priorities. Then, with Andy and Arthur Jenkins, it was down to the Machine Shop with some of the JVs for training. While others were completing their clamp exercise in Deviation workshop, JV Adam Dangerfield, set up a light in the Q6 firebox with Ian. With Adam in the firebox, he removed all of the rear grate, and while he was in the firebox wearing dust mask and safety glasses, he removed the remains of the last fire which had been pushed to the front of the box. This ash is now in the ash pan and will need to be removed sometime, but, with Peter painting, we do not want a lot of dust around. The fire bars were removed from the cab and are stacked on the side of No 6 Road: note one of the side bars has a short end piece broken off.
Trevor, being a burning expert, inspected the old propane hose and thought it was still in good condition, so he changed it over and refitted it with the new flashback arrestor obtained last week. He then checked it out for leaks and found it to be OK, so it looks as if it was the old Flashback arrestor which was causing the leak last Wednesday.
The new propane hose was therefore returned to the MPD stores and recorded by Ian on the stores withdrawal report sheet accordingly. Peter Whitaker marked out the front buffer beam and made a start on painting numbers and letters on the buffer beam and the left hand side of the tender. Ian brought a metal base from the boiler shop and put in front of the Q6 for Peter to sit on and making it more accessible for marking and painting the buffer beam. Lunch was had around the stove, being rather cramped with some of the JV's - the others had their lunches outside Deviation shed on the picnic tables as it was fine and the sun was shining.
After lunch, some of the JV's were set on cleaning the Q6 and J27 loco wheels, frames and running plates. Ian and Trevor removed the J27 right hand water valve so as to remove the operating spindle but, as ever there is always a something in the way - on this occasion the shed floor and the rail. The operating spindle was therefore drilled in
situ: an 8mm hole drilled on one side of the spindle hood, then tapped with a 3/8"Whitworth tap, and also a slight recess drilled into the square of the valve. The valve was refitted and bolted back in position but needs the right hand flange to be tightened more securely on Wednesday. The spindle was fitted with a 3/8" locking stud and secured in position. One of our standing lamps was repaired by a JV with Bryan's supervision. A good day was had with the JV's in attendance.
The next working party will be on Wednesday 13 March, when the Q6 jobs will include removal of the tender hand brake rods for cleaning and NDT testing, and cleaning and painting the brake rods that have already been NDT tested, along with checking that the split pins have all been properly opened up. There will also be the ash from the Q6 ash pan to remove, but it will need a good wetting first to keep the dust down. The J27 water valve right hand flange will also need tightening.