So much for plan A, we'll have to go with plan B which is to cover the few things that I managed to catch up with after suffering the harrowing ordeal of the biennial fireman's exam.
Something that I held back from a few weeks ago was that Len and I briefly reunited 2874 with her smoke box number plate and one of her cabside number plates.
There was no doubting where the smoke box plate should live, but the cabside could have come from either the driver's or fireman's side. I tried it in both positions and the holes lined up perfectly with the ones on the driver's side and didn't match so well with the ones on the fireman's side, leading me to suspect that it came from the driver's side.
|2874 cabside plate tried on the driver's side...|
|...and on the fireman's side.|
|No doubt about where that one goes.|
|2874 wearing both plates|
That last photo was used in the current (issue 438) of Steam Railway Magazine to accompany an article on the new charitable trust recently set up to oversee the restoration of 2874. More information will eventually appear on 2874's own website which is under construction as I write this.
Some work was still progressing on getting 2807 ready for action, a number of people were busy waxing and polishing her tender:
|(l-r), Stuart, Paul, Mike & Mike|
|Eleanor smartens up the smoke box|
After the Pirates headline from last week, I thought that we'd tracked down Captain Hook on top of the boiler of 2807, but it turns out that Ian had just left the tool for preventing mudhole doors dropping into the boiler lying around.
|Could have sworn that I heard a clock ticking somewhere|
Dinmore Manor has returned after a successful visit to the Great Central Railway. 4270 has gone to the Llangollen Railway for their gala, probably on the same low loader on which Dinmore Manor arrived. The task now, was to get as much of Dinmore Manor's winter maintenance programme as possible completed before the start of the season:
Sorting out the axle weights was first on the list. The process involved Rob jackied up one wheel at a time:
|Rob jacks up the wheel|
|Mike pulls the feeler gauge free|
|Mike & Matt giving the adjusting nut n one of the springs a turn with a big spanner|
Reconnecting the tender was on the list of things to be done as well, along with removing the coal that came back in the tender so that the coal space could be painted.
|Paul fetched up the FLT, several people in the cab shovel coal and miss the firehole door by a wide margin|
|Chris (l) and Jeff inspecting their lunch|
|Chris gets on with the grey undercoat...|
|...whilst Jeff makes a start on the top coat|
|Ralph at work|
|buffers stood on the floor.|
|Phil looking pleased with his work.|
|That little lot should keep them warm and dry.|