|Cleaning rag collection bin, at the entrance to the yard at Toddington|
I was amused to discover from the first of those four links above that the steam gala committee is "small but perfectly-formed". This caused no small amount of mirth when I pointed this fact out to some friends.
Sunday morning was a busy one, with three locos required to be in steam as we had a lunch time dining train running too. I was down for cleaning 5542, which is always a great cleaning turn as there is much less of her to have to clean. One of the mainline train operating companies thought that they might try to get some free advertising and woo our passengers elsewhere:
|It caused Andy to burst into song|
|Neil oiling up 5542, Mr Branson's balloon looks like it's just emerged from the chimney|
Eventually, they were off shed and then at 10:00 departing with the first train of the day to Cheltenham Race Course.
|Dinmore Manor looks on as 5542 sets off|
|Philip thought that Andy was taking the 'Not to be Moved' board a little too literally|
|The 8F, being cleaned by Aaron and Pete prior to departure|
|Can't be too much longer before it's ready for the first pour of concrete|
|One of the repainted driving wheels and a couple of other unidentified newly painted items|
|Jon putting on the "Sexy coat".|
|First of several |
|Mirror mirror on the wall.....|
|Steve gives the undercoat (presumably non-sexy) a light rubbing down|
The driver's side piston valve cover had been removed to allow Ian to measure the valve timing. Pete took the cover away to remove any surface rust and then repaint it.
|Pete removing rust from the piston valve cover|
|Fetching it back for fitting|
Ian had taken measurements and determined that 25 thousandths of an inch needed to be machined off of the eccentric rods on the drivers side to get the valve timing set correctly. I found myself helping out with the removal and refitting of the eccentric rods:
|Removing one of the eccentric rods...|
|...and refitted again after milling|
|Non-sexy coat paint applied|
|25 thou being slowly shaved off|
|Finally, both were back in place and looking good.|
Well, as you'll have guessed, 4270 is the first of the 'pair of Churchward's Finest' referred to in the title of this post, the second is not 2807 which is sadly not yet back with us from her repairs at Tyseley, but 2874. We started work on dismantling her today:
|Steve separating the superheater header from the boiler|
|Fetching it out with a block and tackle|
|Pete & Ian dropping it down on the running plate|
|Not been disturbed in the last 50 years at least|
|Pete applied a little heat, I got them turning with a socket|
We only managed to get one smoke box stay completely off, the other is most of the way there. On a OO gauge model, the smoke box stays are very fragile bits of plastic. In real life, they are extremely substantial lumps of cast iron and weigh a not inconsiderable amount. I carried it a short distance towards the DMLL container before spotting this trolley on which I transported it the remainder of the way. Needless to say one of the tyres was flat.
|Smoke box stay on the trolley, back tyre flat as a pancake|