Anyway, it is a while since we had any news of 2807 and her progress this winter. When pressed on the matter, Geof Adlington obliged by swiftly producing a written report within minutes of being asked. If only all of my journalistic endeavours met with such a prompt response.
|2807 basking in a rare bit of sunshine on Saturday|
|The new safety valve springs|
The valve gear was inspected, but found to be perfectly ok and simply put back together again.
|Inspecting the valve gear|
Steam heating is regarded by passengers as more of a necessity than a luxury at this time of year and prospective customers will doubtless be relieved to learn that the Mason's valve which failed late last season has now been stripped down and fixed.
A broken tapered pin that secured the reversing arm to the wayshaft was allowing to much side play in the reversing arm. It should have been a simple job but turned out to be quite problematic. Part of the job involved replacing a bush which had to be heated cherry red before being inserted and then being allowed to cool and contract into place. Unfortunately nobody thought to take a picture at the time, so you'll just have to make do with this view of the finished article.
|Finished reversing arm and wayshaft|
As an experiment, 2807 is being kitted out with chrome alloy firebars, which if they are as good as the manufacturers claim will not only last the life of the boiler, but in all probability clean the grate as they go. I was rather disappointed to discover that chrome firebars don't shine like the chrome plate on bath taps and showed absolutely no sign at all of being self-cleaning.
|Non self-cleaning chrome alloy firebars|
|And you thought that shoulder pads were over-done in the eighties!|
Elsewhere about the department, the coal dock and ash disposal dock are taking shape. Several more posts were required to be concreted into place. Mark Young commenced the proceedings by trimming an unwanted flange off of a girder that was going to be pressed into service as a post.
|Flange removal in progress|
|Dropping a concrete sleeper into place|
|Ade Showell seems to be happy that the new post is vertical|
Being too heavy to cart about in one piece, John had fetched it along as a kit of parts that just needed some minor reassembly. I'd always been curious as to how a buffer was constructed and how they come apart, well now I know.
Getting the old buffer off wasn't too difficult, the bolts that held it in place however required some gentle persuasion.
|John Cruxon being persuasive. Note the broken lead hammer which had turned out not to be quite persuasive enough.|
|It was a bit too cold for painting really, but needs must etc|
|This involved some cutting...|
|.... and some welding|
And finally, Sean Nielsen, the GWSR's senior firing instructor informed me that he would have no difficulty at all in eluding my camera all day. Well how could I resist a challenge like that! After a few half-hearted attempts with my point and shoot camera to lull him into a false sense of security, I sneaked off to the boot of my car where I had rather more serious weaponry stashed away. The result:
|Oops, he spotted me|
|Doing his best to spoil the shot|
|Eventually, what passes for normal|