|5542 back from her holidays.|
|People get sun tans, steam locos just rust!|
We have several tools for cleaning out boiler tubes, the most popular of which is the vacuum cleaner attachment that the 2807 group have concocted. It is not only effective, but also does a fairly good job of keeping the operator clean at the same time.
|Eleanor about to put the 2807 group's vacuum powered tube cleaner to use|
Plan B was to try the chimney sweep rods and brush that we used recently on Dinmore Manor, but of course the brush on that was too big too. Clive is aware and will be ordering some of the right size.
|Still too big.|
|To add to the joy, the rain kicked in at this point.|
|Cleanliness is next to impossible in a smoke box.|
|Paul gave it a go too.|
|Brian in the bunker.|
|Andy cleans the underneath of 5542....|
|....at least until we needed to drain the boiler anyway|
|Phil (l) and Ben|
|Stuffing boxes being refitted|
|Smoke deflector being carried to the loco|
Work continues on Dinmore Manor's own tender which is making excellent progress.
|Ian drilling holes for riveting the steps to the tender frame|
|Steve (nearest camera) and Rob needle gunning the frames|
|Mark cutting out something, forgot to ask him what exactly.|
Work is still carrying on with the concreting of the shed floor, Neil was working on his own on road 8 on Saturday.
|Neil at work.|
|The DMU at Toddington|
|Jeff in the driver's seat.|
|Lineside drainage team at work.|
|4270 heading off for disposal|
|37215 backing onto its train.|
|Pleasant views across Stanway viaduct|
|No need to alight at Laverton|
|Jeff watches the 37 leave from the cab of the DMU|
|2807 prepares to back onto the "Cheltenham Fryer"|
Steve had volunteered to join us as the cleaner. As he is just about to start official fireman training, I thought it would be a good idea to let him fire us down to Cheltenham Race Course. He made a pretty good go of it.
|Steve waiting for departure time on 2807|
Amongst those who had booked early enough was a large family group, two of whom were celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. A footplate pass had been arranged for the husband, so he joined us for the trip down to Cheltenham. I'm not convinced that separating the husband and wife on their anniversary was a good idea, but he seemed happy about it.
|Steve and one half of the happy couple|
|Our passenger seemed to be enjoying himself, even if his wife of 25 years was back on the cushions.|
|Andy looked quite happy over on his side of the cab too.|
|Approaching Winchcombe on the outward journey|
|CRC platform wall now complete|
|Steve coupling us back up to the stock|
|Sun going down at CRC|
|Steve and Andy, happily scoffing their fish and chips.|