|Chris, the Christmas Elf.|
On to this week. The gentlemen's convenience in the yard at Toddington is not normally a suitable topic for inclusion here, however I couldn't fail to notice that a new sign had appeared on the door:
|Time and motion study|
My spy in the 35006 camp had let me know that a few more cosmetic touches had taken place during the week:
|Driver's side trailing driving wheel is now in final gloss black..|
|... and one of the smoke deflectors has acquired a black topcoat as well|
It's farewell to 2807 for a while too. She's off to Tyseley for some remedial work on her horn guides. Access underneath has been improved by the removal of some of the vacuum brake and steam heat piping. Separated from her tender, she was moved out onto the unloading road in the car park for collection during the week. All being well, the remedial work on her horn guides won't take too long and she'll be returned to us in time for the start of the new season in March.
|2807 being shunted into the car park|
|Waiting in the car park|
|The brick arch... now you see it...|
|... now you don't|
Elsewhere around Foremarke Hall, a multitude of people were busying themselves removing bits. Most of the bits being removed were in the smoke box, or connected to bits in the smoke box.
|John disconnected the steam pipes|
|Dan in the smoke box disconnecting the blower|
|Paul removes some of the asbestos substitute|
|Just about proving that you can operate the pressure washer with one hand|
Chris interrupted me briefly and borrowed the pressure washer to clean the JCB. You'll note that he is rather better dressed for the task than I was. Waterproof trousers were definitely a good idea, the bottoms of my overalls were remarkably damp by the time I had finished.
|Chris cleans the JCB|
|Somewhere in the foam is a panel from Foremarke Hall|
I had made a pile of nicely cleaned bits in anticipation of an "I cleaned this lot" photo at the end of the day. Before I'd finished though, Clive, John & Dan started shifting them away for storage, so I grabbed this shot of the ones that they had left behind before they were shifted too.
|A small selection of nicely cleaned bits|
Meanwhile, Steve and Matt had a go at removing the petticoat which had so far proved to be rather problematical.
|Steve and Will puzzle out how to extract the petticoat|
|Steve after emerging from the smoke box|
|Hopefully it's not one of the poisonous varieties.|