|All tubes removed|
|Not cut up.|
|5526, newly arrived|
Also of note, was that the missing section of the apron outside the shed has been temporarily filled in with gravel (which looked suspiciously like ballast to me... I didn't enquire as to where it came from). The plan is still to concrete this chunk, but there is some work that needs doing to the drainage that runs through there first.
|Chris adjusting his time piece|
|A trap for the unwary|
|Heading off towards the stock|
|James (l) and Jeremy pulling forward|
|Jeremy cooking the first batch|
|James, resorting to plan B|
Normally, the race train days see many people thronging the platforms each taking it in turns for a "selfie" by the loco. On this occasion, the steady rain put off all bar the hardiest, most preferring to head straight into the nicely warmed carriages to find their seats.
|The brollies say it all|
|It still leaves a lot to be desired, but better than nothing|
|Burning, in spite of the rain|
|Ready to return to Toddington, the lamp code is for empty coaching stock|
|The light was clearly seen, even if hard to spot in this photo.|
|The Cheltenham Fryer|
|The frames are black on the outside now, as well as underneath|
|Difficult to reach bits done...|
|...along with various other fixtures & fittings|
Dinmore Manor Locomotive LTD have just splashed out on a new selection of useful size spanners. I say useful size, as the tool store contains many spanners of un-useful sizes, all the ones that might be useful have long since disappeared, presumably to the island of Sodor. These were all rather impressively plasma cut from thick sheet steel, and turned out to be surprisingly cheap.
|A batch of useful spanners|
|Martin (l) and Len, removing rough edges|
As mentioned already, the next in the queue to make use of the lifting jacks is 35006. To that end, many of the more fragile items near the front buffer beam were being removed.
|Paul removing the cylinder drain cock pipes|
|John removing the coupling back plate|
During the operating season, 35006 had experienced difficulties with a cylinder pressure relief valve blowing by. It had been temporarily cured by welding it into place, but now a replacement part has been made and is now being fitted.
|The old one, mid way through un-welding|
|The new part, soon to be fitted.|
|A thumbs up on the run around suggested that the mission had been accomplished|
|Lunch... and jolly nice it was too|