That's not to say that no "real" work happened on Saturday, in spite of the cold.
|Yes, it was still cold enough for the DIY igloo kit to have survived in the car park|
Whilst the owner of 76077 has been assured that igloos are perfectly warm and cosy place to shelter from the elements, he remained sceptical and opted instead to erect a marquee over his loco in the car park.
|Still the same colour as an igloo though|
Inside, the various parts of 76077 which had become used to sitting outside in the cold and the rain up in the north siding were now rather overwhelmed by the TLC that they were receiving. For a start, the shot blaster contractors had been in and done a good job of removing the old paint.
|Jonathan (l) & Jamie,sweeping up.|
An item not mentioned (to the best of my recollection anyway) at the AGM, was that the signing on point has now got a shiny new floor:
|Well, OK, it had been shiny when installed|
Lurking in the shed was an unexpected device, a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP), better known as a "Cherry Picker". We're having upgraded lights installed in the sheds.
|Waiting to pick cherries.|
In the case of 2807, that also included the need to get the fireman's side front coupling rod off. As is so often the case with steam locomotives, nothing is ever easy as the coupling rods are all coupled together (well the clue is in the name) and much effort was expended in persuading them all to come off.
|2807 in the shed.|
|Leading journal (Photo courtesy of Roger Molesworth)|
Dinmore Manor is one of the locos undergoing her B exam, all her washout plugs and hand/mud hole doors had been removed.
|7820 in the shed|
|Nicely cleaned up mud/hand hold doors in the DMLL container, waiting to be refitted|
|Three of the four new spring hangers, awaiting machining, photo courtesy of Martin Ginger|
|35006 on the jacks|