|Mark, about to empty 7820's smoke box|
|The missing headboard...|
|...finally, put where it was supposed to be.|
|Not quite all there.|
|Eleanor & Steve wrestle with one of the steam chest covers...|
|...John applies some foot power to get the cover's screw holes to line up, so that Steve can do up the screws|
There was a casualty of the morning,a piece of glass in one of the lamps had been cracked for a while, yesterday it finally gave up the ghost.
|It's now off to be repaired by Mike|
|Richard (L) and Steve emptying the pit|
|Ready to depart|
|I noticed that the recent gales had taken their toll...|
|...I'm sure that the lineside clearance team will shift it soon|
|Unfortunately he always stopped just as soon as I got my camera out|
Almost as soon as we had started, it seemed that it was time to hand over 2807 to the afternoon crew and head off for lunch.
|2807, off without us|
|Cutting the head off of a rivet...|
|...Mike, encouraging the remains of one of the rivets to budge.|
|Much brute force and ignorance later!|
Now that the brackets have been removed, the next task is to remove the frame extensions, which will be needed as a pattern for new ones.
Another project on the go is the addition of a light in the yard. This will provide illumination for many of the points further away from the lights of the David Page shed and will be of assistance to crews returning to shed after dark whilst trying to negotiate their way onto the correct road. Currently the light is being stripped back and about to be painted.
|Soon to appear in the yard|
|Kenneth painting under 3850's tender|
And finally, the day started badly for me yesterday, a conversation with an elderly lady just before we set off with the first train in the morning did nothing for my ego. She was obviously well enough versed with our line to know that all but a handful of people who work on the GWSR are volunteers, so she asked "Did you start volunteering here when you retired?". It will be a very long time yet before I can retire... and the goal posts seem to keep moving further away every year.