|Invoice of "Forwarded Goods Traffic"|
|Appendix to Goods General Account|
Both the above photos are courtesy of Donna Ludlow.
Foremarke Hall set off for Tyseley to be reunited with her boiler on Wednesday. I have photos from two different sources:
Peter had been helping out with the new barrow crossing at Toddington when he noticed Foremarke Hall go past on a low loader:
|Steam cleaning the new barrow crossing|
|First Foremarke Hall set off one way round on the low loader...|
|...then after a while she is turned around and off she goes again|
Apparently the first time round, the driver of the low-loader measured how high Foremarke Hall was once loaded and discovered that she would be too tall for some of the bridges that she had to pass under and so he turned her round the other way so that the cab would be at the lowest point of the trailer and consequently have just enough clearance. I dread to think what would have happened if he hadn't done that and he had clouted Station Road Bridge at Broadway with Foremarke Hall. I think it fair to say that words would have been said.
The above three photos courtesy of Peter Gutteridge.
John provide several photos too:
|Foremarke Hall in the car park|
|On the low-loader the first time...|
|...and once again the other way around.|
|Much of the backhead firebox outer wrapper removed|
|New one having been shaped|
|Ready to be fitted|
"New ashpan under construction
It is the traditional flat bottom pan but with improvements by John Hancock
1. The ashpan is narrower at the top just like the hopper pan. This makes fitting and detaching easier as the nuts are outside the ashpan
2. Made of heavier material, 8mm sides 12mm bottom.
3. It has four damper doors in get air into the pan. However they will still be operated by two levers front & back. So the two fronts will open together and likewise the back. (At least that is the plan).
4. There will be hopper doors in the bottom so as the ash can be dumped out. The plan is to use the current rocker arm already fitted to the engine.
5. Once construction is finished it will come to Toddy for us to fit a ashpan sprinkler for which the team is busy procuring some bits.
6. When Tysley are ready it will go there for fitment"
Leaping forward to Saturday, that was our first operating day of the season and 5542, the Planet's Favourite Prairie had the honour of hauling the trains.
|So good to see one of our locos in steam on our line again|
|10:00 and off she went, bang on time|
|Never seen it so empty|
|Exposing the sleepers|
|Ade knocking out the keys|
|First time outdoors for some time for the 4F|
|Gilbert wheeling the bricks towards 2807.|
|2807 & 7820 bask in the sun, warming fire in 7820|
|Tim makes 7820 gleam|
|"Quick, look busy, Ray's here with his camera"|
|Half way through one side|
|Ready for painting|
|The other side being primed|
Later, 5542 returned with her crew after a successful day's work.
|Arrived at Cheltenham Race Course|
|The view from the footplate at Toddington|
Dan made a bit of a faux pas during the course of the day. He managed to knock his box of matches into the bucket of water on the footplate. I say "his box of matches", in fact, they were his mum's. Dan removed the matches from the bucket and placed them on the warming tray to dry out, but the combustible stuff on the heads of the matches just fell off, the water having unstuck them. Hopefully Dan's mum doesn't read this blog and won't find out what became of her matches. I wonder if Sunday lunch was delayed or even cancelled because she couldn't light the oven.
|The soggy matches|
The above three photos courtesy of Dan Wigg.
|Ian (l) and Dan with 5542 on the ash pit|
|Paul (l) and Mike emptying the pit.|