|Shiny con rods|
Having established that the weekend part of the winter maintenance programme was taking place on Saturdays rather than Sundays, I turned up last Saturday to see what needed doing. First off was cleaning out the firebox of Foremarke Hall which consisted of removing all bar a few of the firebars then brushing off the accumulated soot from the firebox walls & roof. I managed to get quite grubby in there, in fact if I didn't know better I'd have thought that I'd cleaned it using myself rather than a brush. When I emerged from the firebox, I was likened to a 'Black & White Minstrel', whatever one of those is..... long before my time :-) Needless to say I was hot foot across to the mess coach afterwards to wash the soot & grime off before anybody could get a camera out and demand that I include a photo on these pages.
|It was rather dusty in the firebox|
|You could have eaten your dinner off of it by the time I had finished|
|Doing something interesting to the valve gear of 2807|
|John Cruxon cracking the whip|
|Ian Carpenter at work|
|Oops, he's spotted me|
|The now dismantled gauge frame|
|The new path to the wood store|
Other things that happened during the day that I noticed in passing, was Andrew cleaning up the end of the cylinder casings of Foremarke Hall, the drain cocks having already been removed by Paul Gosney. Somebody had also applied a nice coat of paint to one of the cylinder end covers too.
|Foremarke Hall's newly painted cylinder end cover|
|Andrew cleaning up one of Foremarke Hall's cylinders|