Mark Young is now officially our new chairman, though in reality he has already been doing the job for a few months as Ian had stepped down early. The highlight of the meeting for me is the section on the status of all the locomotives on site, I made some notes:
7903, Foremarke Hall: The strip down for overhaul continues. The blower ring never did separate from the chimney and eventually the chimney was removed with the blower ring still attached. Dismantling is progressing well. Later on in the afternoon, Dan and I spent a while extricating the studs to which the safety valves had been attached. They'd been there for ten years and had no intention of giving in without a fight.
|Where the safety valves should be|
|Dan coercing one of the studs to come out|
Neil and Tim (in the smokebox) were working on pressing out the smoke box retaining bolts. They weren't keen to move either.
|Neil on the outside, Tim just visible on the inside|
During the afternoon, Bruce, Gilbert and Paul were to be found working on the brakes on 2807's tender (which remains at Toddington):
|L-R, Bruce, Gilbert and Paul|
44027: A very long written report was presented by Paul, which can be summarised as she is progressing well, the bottom end largely done and she is hoped to be in steam next year. A recent update as to their progress can be found on their blog.
4270: Passed in frame steam test, "She'll be done when she's done".
I took a few photos in the cab, she now has a floor, most of a backhead and some of her controls installed since last I looked:
|4270's cab floor|
|Most of the backhead and some controls|
35006, Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co: No report received however it transpired that several members of her team were jacking up the tender water tank a bit to allow the underside to be painted:
|"Not to be moved"... well not not be moved horizontally anyway.|
7820, Dinmore Manor: Things are progressing very well. She'll appear at Toddington in unlined BR black with a borrowed black tender sometime in March if all goes to plan. She'll go into lined BR green later in the year.
2874: (Not to be confused with 2807 or 8274). She has arrived and restoration will commence once Dinmore Manor is finished. The weather had been pretty foul all day, but as there was a nice break in the clouds just before sunset, I couldn't resist grabbing a couple of photos of our newest arrival:
|I won't let the sun go down on me|
|Reflecting on days gone by.|
Aside from the working locos etc, Andy gave a few notes on the upcoming gala in May (24th - 26th). The theme will be 'Back to Black' and it is intended that the majority of the locos running will be in black livery. The first guest loco has now been confirmed as being Black Five, 45379 from our friends at the Mid-Hants Railway:
|45379 leads 34007, Wadebridge on the Mid Hants Railway|
|Steve presents John with his certificate|