This week, the lifting jacks that have been stood outside the David Page shed for some considerable time, have been sent off to be overhauled. The space for them on road 7 in the David Page shed is now ready for them to be installed.
|Lifting jacks being lifted|
|The above two photos courtesy of John Cruxon|
3850 has seen a fair bit of dismantling work take place over the last week or so, which has caught me slightly by surprise as there is nowhere obvious to stash the large volume of bits that have so far come off of it. Here is a bit of a catch up on what has happened so far:
|As she was at the start of Sunday, most of the boiler cladding removed|
|Eleanor removing 3850's gauge frame|
|Liam removing a section of backhead cladding|
|Liam cleaning the sight feed lubricator|
|Ash and Tom got on with dismantling the brakes|
|... or perhaps it's some sort of war paint?|
Oblivious to the fact that he needed to clean himself up, Ash conscientiously cleaned all the tools that he had been using first. I'm not entirely convinced that the wash room was the best place for that, but nevertheless, full marks for trying.
|Cleanliness is next to impossible and all that.|
A team of people spent Saturday rubbing down Foremarke Hall's tender in anticipation of some top coats of paint being applied. I have no photos from Saturday I'm afraid, however Sean returned on Sunday to finish carry on with the job:
|Sean continueing rubbing down Foremarke Hall's tender|
The boiler rebuild has progressed well, and is now just in need of having its flue tubes installed.
|Boiler being lifted from a well wagon.|
|Beware, low flying boiler.|
|Removing the bogie...|
|...axle boxes stripped and cleaned, ready for overhaul.|
The above four photos all courstesy of John Cruxon.
As mentioned last time, Dinmore Manor was only back with us briefly, before heading off with 3850's erstwhile tender, (the one hired from the Bluebell Railway, has now been returned to its owners) to the Battlefield line for their gala over the weekend. Apparently it was an excellent event, and one of our newest firemen, Mike was on hand to capture a few photos for posterity.
|7820, waiting whilst Cumbria & Sir Gomer make a spirited departure|
|Dinmore Manor at the head of a maroon set|
Dinmore Manor will be returning to us in the latter half of November, after a few events on the Severn Valley Railway.
And finally, on Sunday, 5542 was the sole steam loco out running, her driver, Ian, was due for his biennial reassessment, Neil on the other hand, who was driving the DMU wasn't. I've mentioned in the past that appearance is one of the things that the inspectors are looking for. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to work out which boots belong to which person.
|Spot the difference|
|Apparently it was clean them like this or watch Eastenders on the tv... enough said!|