|No levers installed yet, but the frame for the interlocking mechanism down below is in place|
|One of the windows has been fitted|
|The roof is done, one level of scaffolding has been removed|
Leaping forward to Saturday, I was rostered to fire 2807 as train 1 on the red timetable. Eleanor was rostered as cleaner and I had arranged beforehand for her to do the light up. The draw back to that is that the poor old fireman ends up doing half of the loco cleaning as well. Apparently I've been passed out as a fireman too long and forgotten how to clean locos properly if the comments from some of the others who were around are to be believed.
|The "not shiny enough" safety valve bonnet|
|Ian oiling up 2807.|
|Eleanor sorting out the smoke box after getting the fire lit.|
|Driver Steve oils up.....|
|.... Firing instrutcor Clive cleaned 5542.....|
|.... and trainee fireman Ed scoffed mini apple pies|
|Ed drinking tea.|
|Ed shifting 2 bins of smoke box ash.|
|2807 & 5542 getting ready for the day's duties.|
|34092, Wells at Toddington on Saturday.|
|Andy at work in culvert 33A at Dixton on Saturday|
|Ian in the office|
|Crossing 5542 at Winchcombe|
Not unusually, there was a slight water overflow issue when we stopped to fill up the tender for the first time. Curiously this always seems to happen when I have my camera handy, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there was some kind of conspiracy going on.
|Eleanor tries to keep her feet dry.|
|Eleanor doing battle with the pugnacious pachyderm proboscises|
|Eleanor feeding the fire.|
|"Quick lads, run away, he's got his camera out"|
As I write this, no news of their activities has appeared on their blog, but I'm sure it will in the fullness of time.
It seems like we're struggling to find enough crews for the DMU, not for the first time I received a message from Jeff during the week asking if I was free to help out as second man. Already being rostered to fire during the day, I couldn't assist, but Tina stepped in to cover at least some of the trips. Clearly she's not a second man and as there were no other women crewing the DMU, I suppose that made her the first woman.
|Jeff & Tina relax on a bench at Toddington before setting off to Winchcombe on the DMU.|
|Fire on the tracks|
Whilst we had experienced no difficulty at all in setting fire to a sleeper, the gauge frame lamp on the other hand kept going out and needed relighting several times.
|Ian relighting the gauge frame lamp.|
|Crossing 47376 at Winchcombe|
|3850 at work on the West Somerset Railway|
The second piece of news that I can bring you is that another milestone in the return of 35006 to steam has taken place, one of her con rods has been trial fitted for the first time.
|Fireman's side con rod in place.|
|35006 sat in the David Page shed, one down, two to go|
The first warming fire was on 19th April and light steam on the 20th, these photos all courtesy of Steve Parker:
|Ian putting in the first fire since BR|
|Evidence of combustion at the chimney|
|The cylinder drain cocks appear to be working ok|
|A bit of oresssure on the gauge|
|Getting pressure up|
|Ok, perhaps a lot of pressure now|
|Getting the fire going|
|Off the mark|
|Evidence of steam|
|At the red line|
|Hitting the red line|
|Being inspected by the boiler inspector|
|Smiles all round, she's passed|