|"Locomotives running today"|
Curiously, this appears to be the reverse of that perennial Flying Scotsman Train/Locomotive confusion in the mainstream media. Regardless, the permanent way team were hard at work replacing the track between the platforms, so running trains or even just locomotives at Winchcombe would have been more than a little tricky.
|Removing the track from platform 2|
|When it says STOP, it means STOP.|
Anyway, that wasn't what we were there for.
|Stuffed and mounted gauge frame (borrowed from 3850)|
The gauge frame confused Ed, who thought he might just be able to squeeze a drink out out of it.
|The pub with no beer!|
Clive made the mistake of turning up fairly early on and had his arm twisted by the inspectors, Jeff & Chris, into talking people through it in groups of three.
|Clive(l) demonstrating how to change a gauge glass to Paul, Andy & John|
|Ade is so adept at it, that he can reassemble the gauge whilst simultaneously holding a conversation with Clive|
|The ash pit was more like an outdoor swimming pool|
|As if there wasn't enough water about.|
|One of 2807's piston valves being extracted for inspection|
|Piston valve extracted|
|Bruce at work|
On Dinmore Manor, the big end bearings were being taken out for replacement
|Manoeuvring a con rod on a hydraulic platform|
|Steve, preparing to press out the big end bearing|
|Mike(l) and John watching as the bearing is pressed out|
The tender that Dinmore Manor is currently paired with is the one that arrived with 3850. Ten years of salt air down at Minehead has taken its toll, and there is a fair amount of rust in the coal space. It needs to be needle gunned back to clean metal and painted with rust inhibiting primer before bitumastic paint can be applied.
|Somewhere under all that PPE, Eleanor needle guns the rust away|
|Well there was, George has sniffed out the biscuits|
And finally, more excellent news from the Foremarke Hall camp, the first warming fire was put in the boiler last Thursday, a full steam test will follow shortly. All photos from here on, courtesy of John Pedley.
|John starting the fire|
|Evidence of combustion|