A grey damp but mild morning with a one heavy shower early on at Grosmont on Wednesday. With Bill Dobson, Jon Bradley, Steve Hyman, Nigel Hall, Derek Shorten, and Ian Pearson. I only managed the morning as I was on a to be strictly enforced half day pass out. Today was the last Santas and dining trains for the Christmas period. Next week will see the start of the winter timetable with trains running from Boxing Day until New Years Day when 44806 is likely to see its final trips before withdrawal for its 10 year overhaul.
Another mouse to remove from the trap first job, then the usual cuppa and some idle chit chat. Bill drew up the job list for the day which saw Jon and Nigel cleaning out the foundation ring before getting the hose connected up and giving the whole inner firebox and foundation ring a good washout. Derek cleaned the right hand con rod ready for NDT dye penetration which I completed - it was OK - before having to leave immediately after lunch . Hopefully we will get the left one done next week. I also carried out the monthly, and, as it was December, annual, check on the defibrillator. The completed forms will be sent to Martin Lloyd.
Steve was given the job of blanking off the safety valves and whistle mounts, but looking for blanks in our workshop was a bit of a challenge. He could only find one that was any good for one of the safety valve mounts but managed to borrow another one from the MPD: both safety valve mounts are now blanked off. Steve is going to see if he can find a whistle blanking plate at Hopetown. Bill and Ian spent all day working on the left hand crosshead and slide bar clearance. This is still ongoing, with quite a bit of time spent remaking shims.
Lunch today was in Deviation shed with Derek kindly brewing tea and washing the pots. Nigel has mounted a new coat hanger and key holder on one of the roof beams just inside the workshop from the top entrance on the right hand side. The last of the mince pies were consumed with the 3 o'clock tea break. Just before locking up, Piglet and Mark came in with another regulator handle which was tried on the shaft but it was slacker than our own! So will need to try another one.
No working party on tomorrow (Saturday). The next one will be on Thursday 28th December when the boiler inspector is due to carry out his internal inspection of the boiler. So everyone have a good Christmas and we will hopefully see you on the 28th.