It seems that there had been a wedding charter booked during the day on the Saturday and there was plenty of food left over. You'd be hard pressed to find any member of the steam loco dept who doesn't come running at the merest hint of free food.
|Even Rod was enticed out of the machine shop by the prospect of free food|
|How does he remain so skinny on a diet of cream teas, chocolate biscuits & beer?|
|Has my mascara run?|
Pretty much the last thing to happen on the Saturday evening was that the 8F was failed with a broken spring. As she was meant to be out on the Sunday, that meant that the first thing that I needed to do on Sunday morning was assist Mike, Kev & Chris with getting the broken spring swapped out.
|Bust spring on the right, dropped down, new spring on the left ready for installation|
|TTI defector Nick becoming assimilated into the steam loco dept|
|A nicely buffed up 5542 setting off for Cheltenham|
|Dan with his bucket of goop|
|We'll have to work on the packaging a bit though|
After lunch, Ed, Dan and myself decided that Ian Carpenter's Peckett would benefit from our attentions. Ian must have thought that it was Christmas when he found that he had three willing volunteers to help out.
|Dan needle gunned the frames|
|Ed started sanding the con rods to a mirror smooth finish|
|This thing was the counterweight for the reverser... I removed the red paint from it|
|The radius rod is now attached on the fireman's side|
|The driver's side return crank rod is in the process of being installed|
|And the smoke deflectors have arrived, though as can be seen, not yet unwrapped, painted or fitted|