|Newly painted section of road 8....|
|... and of road 7, photos courtesy of Donna Ludlow.|
Dinmore Manor Locomotive LTD was having a particularly productive time, with work taking place on all three of their locos on site. To start with, last Sunday saw the first work for a while on 2874, in which the cab was lifted from the frames. There is nothing now (apart from gravity and 50 or so years worth of rust) holding the boiler in the frames. There is no plan in place to lift the boiler just yet, but all the necessary preparations have been performed.
|Ian uses the FLT to lift the cab off the frames (photo courtesy of Roger Tipton)|
|The now cab-less 2874 back in the yard|
|The removed cab.|
|7820, back at home on the GWSR|
|Phil, mid-way through the FTR exam (photo courtesy of Steve Jones)|
|Mike stokes the fire in readiness for the steam test|
|Nigel cleans Dinmore Manor, Mike and Mark try to hide from the camera|
|Kenneth cleaning Dinmore Manor's newly fitted tender|
I'd not used the pressure washer for a while and had to work out how to use it again, I soon remembered that it's best to stand upwind of the direction of spray.
|A tender-less 3850 prior to cleaning|
|Giving the frames some pressure washing therapy|
|Some of the weathering proved to be remarkably stubborn.|
|Kenneth at work on the driver's side injector|
|One injector, removed and ready for cleaning|
|Nigel detaches the fireman's side injector|
|Kenneth starting to clean the injectors.|
|3850 under the canopy at Toddington|
|Waiting to set off from Cheltenham Race Course Station|
|In platform 1 at Winchcombe|
|Mark, Mike & 3850|
Last but not least of the DMLL activities, was getting on with the real tender for Dinmore Manor.
|Nigel (new starter) paints axle box covers|
|Raising one of the brake shafts. (photo courtesy of Mark Harding)|
|Tony using the hoist to lift one of the brake shafts into place (photo courtesy of Mark Harding)|
|Brake shaft and brake blocks in place|
Foremarke Hall may be largely out of sight at Tyseley, but not out of mind:
|Steve (l) and John work on Foremarke Hall's plumbing|
|Clive at work on the steam heating|
|Aaron crafts a new floor board, John supervises (photo courtesy of Mark Harding)|
|Very nicely turned out.|
|Safe and sound|
|Sean (photo courtesy of Steve Jones)|
Readers of this blog with memories that stretch back to last year year will recall that the two Santa Express head boards are different, one aluminium, the other one wood. The wooden one being highly favoured by crews as it was subtstantially lighter than the other, and less grief to move from one end of the loco to the other. The bad news is that the wooden one has been retired, to be replaced by another aluminium one. There's nothing for it, we'll all have to start having three shredded wheat for breakfast.
And finally, during the "Speed to the West" steam gala back at the end of May, on the final day, you may have seen a film crew loitering with intent on the railway. Filming was taking place for a More4 series entitled Disappearing Britain. Some of the preview trailers have caused a bit of a stir in the steam loco dept as both George and Neil have been glimpsed on the screen. Yours truly knew about the cameras in advance and steered well clear of anybody who looked like they might possibly shove a microphone under his nose and start asking questions, so you'll have no excuse to avoid watching it. To relive the delights of the gala, settle down in your favourite chair, put your phone on mute and tune your tv to the More4 channel on Thursday evening at 21:00.