I noted before I started that the buffer beams at each end had been painted on Wednesday too:
|Neatly repainted buffer beam|
Paint drips are rather unlikely in the
|I hope 2807 filled in an accident report form|
|Suffocating a brick arch|
Martin and I kicked off by washing down the tender sides. I made the schoolboy error of washing the tender from ground level, whilst Martin worked round the top. This meant that I ended up catching the drips.
|Martin washing 2807's tender|
|Eleanor cleaning 2807's tender|
|Clive cracked on with waxing the top of the boiler.|
|Ade waxing the side of the boiler|
|Two coats of wax and she was gleaming like a new pin|
Brian of the 2807 group had the nerve to send social media messages saying how much he was enjoying sunning himself on a beach in Melbourne, Australia whilst we were all working hard on his loco. Given the results of the England v Australia cricket match that he attended a little later in the day, I think we had the last laugh.
Meanwhile, inside the smoke box whilst the loco was washed, polished and waxed all around him, Bruce was busy grinding in the regulator valve.
|Bruce at work in the smoke box.|
Much of the work that can be done on Foremarke Hall before she goes to Tyseley to be reunited with her boiler has already taken place. Cleaning the inside of the superheater header was one of the tasks left and Steve was to be found in the machine shop creating a tool to help do exactly that.
|Steve at work on a lathe.|
I mentioned a few weeks ago that the shed code on 4270 was being changed from NPT to EBBW as it was believed that is what was correct for Newport Ebbw shed. Well it turns out that NPT was correct all along. Andy has revisited his artwork and reverted it back to NPT.
|Clearly doesn't stand for "Never Painted Twice"|
|GWR... "God's Wonderful Railway"|
Ian also mentioned that during the week he had been working on the fittings for the pep pipe on 4270. It's not all plumbed in yet, but the target is to have it ready for the start of the season.
The 35006 gang were busy hydraulically testing the cylinder drain cocks
|Cylinder drain cocks awaiting testing|
|Applying some high pressure water|
|A disappointing trickle|
Whilst I was busy chatting to the 35006 gang, my attention was directed towards the nice shiny new actuating arm for the tender brakes and the neat bit of welding at the end.
|Tender brake actuating arm|
More work continued on Dinmore Manor's own tender, the railway's footplate inspectors Jeff & Chris were busy needle gunning off what there was of the old paint and applying new.
|Jeff (l) and Chris.|
|How many people does it take to operate a pressure washer?|
|Eleanor and Ade pressure washing the |
Shortly after that, it was time to give the "Planet's Favourite Praire" a bit of love and attention, well it was St Valentine's day after all. Cleaning the boiler and water tanks is simple enough, cleaning the roof is quite a different matter. It's one of those spots that never gets cleaned during normal service and it's quite difficult to access safely. Ade improvised by using a wet rag attached to the end of a broom.
|Ade extends his reach with a broom|
Whilst we were up on top of 5542, we noticed the 35006 gang sneak up and wheel off the centre con rod on a trolley. I have no idea when they plan to fit it, but hopefully it won't be too far off now.
|Lifting the con rod onto a trolley|
Towards the end of the day, I took a peek up in the station area to see how the Permanent Way gang are getting on with reinstating the track in the platform area. It seems that somebody has gone to great lengths to get hold of one of our signals. I presume that it was the Signal and Telegraph dept looking to provide it with some TLC.
|Spot the missing signal.|
|Permanent Way hard at work.|
|Pathway to the new barrow crossing in the background|
|A recent photo of 2807 diligently steam cleaning the ballast at Toddington|