Several members of the Steam Loco Dept (sorry, I forget who, doubtless someone will remind me and I can update you next week) have paid some attention to the railway's fading Santa Special headboards and they are now looking much tidier than before.
|Who needs a red nosed reindeer when you've got a headboard like this!|
The first weekend of the Santa Specials saw just one loco in steam, Dinmore Manor, finally returned back to us after an extended tour of the Dartmouth Steam Railway, the Battlefield Line and the Severn Valley Railway. It's good to have her back, though given the wintry weather over the weekend, perhaps her crews might just have preferred to be on one of our resident tank engines.
|7820, Dinmore Manor, about to head off ECS for the first Santa Special|
|Paul (l) and Jonathan about to set off on Dinmore Manor|
|Dinmore Manor does her best Santa impression.|
|Drain cocks shut, she looked more like her old self|
|"Lamplers", photo courtesy of Jamie Christie|
Work has been quietly taking place on 35006, the centre big end bearing has arrived and has been machined:
|One half of the centre big end bearing...|
|...and trial fittings of the bearing on the crankshaft journal have taken place.|
I notice that the tool store has been tidied up, spanners and sockets allocated a home and put in them. I hope that this state of affairs will persist and tools will be returned whence they came after use. I don't know for sure, but I suspect that this is Clive's handiwork:
|All as it should be in the tool store|
|There's nothing like a good healthy breakfast|
The work on dismantling 3850 has slowed to cataloguing and taking off site some of the components that had already been removed. Brake hangers and brake beams here being loaded into a trailer for removal
|Eleanor (l) and Chris loading a trailer|
|Off to be refurbished at DMLL's private site.|
The water tank in the yard was receiving some attention, previously inaccessible bits when it was lying on a well wagon, were now being painted. The centre car of the 117 DMU has recently been out shopped from the Carriage and Wagon Department and looked so good, that I thought I'd include it in the shot too.
|Water tower and DMU centre car|
|Trevor finishing off painting the water tank|
|Mark uses some gentle persuasion on the milk tanker|
|2807 heading towards the new indoor pit on road 7|
|Mark at work|
The reason 2807 was moved onto the pit inside the shed is that its owning group needed to prepare it for swapping out the pony truck underkeeps. The one on the fireman's side has been losing oil at a greater rate than it should, and new underkeeps have been cast and will be installed over the coming weeks.
|Gil (l) and Roger working on the pony truck of 2807|
|Ready to be installed back in 5542's firebox|
|3850, partially stuffed and mounted!|