"Whilst the work is taking longer than I had hoped progress to completion at Tyseley is well on the way.
The overhaul of the bogie was completed on Friday by a small gang of us from the Steam Dept. The bogie has had a full axle box overhaul as well as tyres turned. The bogie pressure pads have been repaired and generally given some TLC. We also witnessed the final bit of tube plate caulking as the boiler is now full of water.
Saturday saw us at Toddington sorting out the grate and its various bits ready for movement to Tyseley for the Steam test.
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|The bogie, ready for installing (Clun Castle in the background), photo courtesy of John Cruxon.|
|Rolling the bogie under the front end, photo courtesy of Steve Jones.|
|The bogie in place, photo courtesy of John Cruxon.|
|Firebox tube plate, photo courtesy of John Cruxon.|
|Tube plate caulking in progress, photo courtesy of John Cruxon.|
|Collecting the tender tank, photo courtesy of Roger Tipton.|
|Delivered to Toddington, photo courtesy of Roger Tipton.|
|Being lowered into place, photo courtesy of Roger Tipton.|
|Looking much more like a Collett, 3500 gallon tender now, photo courtesy of Roger Tipton.|
|Frances seems to think that Chris has been a naughty boy.|
|Festive jumper competition entrants|
It was whilst at the Christmas dinner, that I was informed that my steed for the following day's Santa specials, 5542, had a few issues. That the ash pan hopper door couldn't be closed properly wasn't a surprise, it can be difficult when hot, but is fine when it has had a chance to cool down. That was sorted in a few moments when arrived in the morning. The other issue was that one of the steam heating bags had
|That won't be much use|
|The remainder of the steam heat bag|
|After the reusable items had been salvaged.|
I suspect that for the return journeys to Cheltenham Race Course were a little bit chilly for the passengers.
In best SLD tradition, the steam heat bag was replaced by pilfering another one to use in its place. On this occasion, the unwitting donor was 2807's tender.
|Dinmore Manor and 5542 being prepared for service|
|One Christmas stocking that won't see any more presents|
Before long, Dinmore Manor was off as train 1 to shuttle children from CRC to the North Pole, we would follow soon after.
|Dinmore Manor sets off, 5542 waits her turn.|
|Blue skies and steam|
|A relaxing day in the office|
|The hat even doubled up as a pillow for a while.|
The long breaks whilst the children were seeing Santa (funny how they all claimed to have been 'nice') weren't all spent snoozing, these breaks were ideal for lunch on the shovel.
|Pork and apple sausages... nothing but the best|
|Steve and Roger tucking into the first of several lunches|
|Roger cooking second lunch, bacon butties!|
Roger is relatively new to the joys of operating steam locos and had a little contretemps whilst filling the tanks with water
|Roger filling the water tanks...|
|...never mind, his trousers were soon dry again.|
|Roger also had a stab at firing for one round trip and made a good go of it.|
|I think we were onto a third lunch by this point... I lost track to tell the truth|
|Most of the way down the bunker by lunch time.|
One of the bonuses of firing at this time of year is that you get to do some of it at least in the dark. As the timetable had slipped a bit, we ended up doing rather more than expected in the dark.
|Sunset at CRC|
|Crossing Dinmore Manor at Gotherington, Neil prepares to exchange tokens.|
|Cliff, trying out the driving seat for size, photo courtesy of Dan Wigg|
|In the parlour road,photo courtesy of Chris Crump|
|Dan, lighting up 35006, photo courtesy of Steve Parker|
|On siding one, photo courtesy of Steve Parker|
|By the ash pit, photo courtesy of Steve Parker|
|The generator, photo courtesy of Steve Parker|
|The crew, Jeff (L) and Dan, photo courtesy of Steve Parker|
|A few of the restoration team, (l-r) Dave, Andy, Steve & Ian, photo courtesy of Steve Parker|
"As you can see from the smiles on their faces everything went very well, we only did a few adjustments i.e. freeing off the valve rod and gland to one of the injectors and adjusting one of the cylinder relief valves which was blowing off a bit early.
Checks on all the running gear bearings/bushes etc. with an infrared meter showed all axle boxes and motion joints were fine."
|Simmering in the shed at the end of the day, photo courtesy of Dan Wigg|