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You can see where this is going can't you. Last Wednesday, there was a plea from one of the Dinmore Manor LTD directors looking for volunteers to help change a spring on Dinmore Manor, as one had broken on its tender that day. On Thursday and Friday, the standby loco, 2807 was put into traffic, to cover for Dinmore Manor.
I arrived on Thursday morning to assist with the spring change. Unfortunately, Dinmore Manor's spare tender spring had been sent off for refurbishment, so the plan was to remove one from the nearly ready to enter traffic new tender and put that on the currently in use tender. After doing the important things, signing on and getting a cup of tea, I was about to wander into the yard when I noticed that I wasn't alone in the mess coach:
|A red-breasted feathered friend!|
|No wildlife was harmed in the production of this blog!|
|They have the antlers, but forgot the red nose!|
|The offending gasket, blown out on the right of the picture|
|The steam feed pipe removed.|
|Half the gasket left on the injector body|
|Cleaned up flange.|
|It would be embarrassing to have forgotten about the hole in the middle|
The major task, swapping springs between tenders had already been started by Ian and Dan, a space existing where previously a spring had been on the new tender.
|Dan, removing the rather fiddly split pins|
|No doubt that it was broken|
|Ian cuts through the spring|
|The broken & now gas-axed spring removed.|
|Job's a good 'un!|
And finally... and it really is finally, your humble blogger has decided that it is time to hand over the blog to new management. I have long been aware that the day job has meant that I have been unable to cover the activities of the Wednesday gang anywhere near as much as I would have liked, or since I became an active member of one of the home fleet owning groups, pass on as much information as I would have liked on some of the other home fleet locos. The hardest part though is that my day job often leaves me with far less time than I need to do the job properly. Henceforth, this blog will be edited by Donna, who will hopefully be receiving frequent contributions from many members of the Steam Loco Dept, which she will collate into a regular post. I have no doubt that she will stamp the blog in her own inimitable style and that you will find it to be a vast improvement. I will continue to provide help/advice from the sidelines when requested and will become one of the contributers for the Dinmore Manor LTD collection of locomotives (7820, 3850 & 2874). I will also make occasional contributions pertaining to the gala when there is news to be announced on that front.
|Your new editor, Donna, cooking breakfast on Dinmore Manor last week|