|Fairburn tank, 42073 departing Haverthwaite|
|Rail mounted steam shovel... it's huge, there is a three man crew in there.|
|Max, one for four visitors from the Statfold Railway|
|Five locos in steam, Blencathra provides the scenic backdrop|
Churchward heavy freight loco 2818 was probably the most interesting exhibit on display as far as I was concerned, but I was rather amused at the Bagnall fireless loco, just in case the hefty buffers behind it weren't enough to make sure that it didn't roll backwards, somebody had placed a chock behind one of its wheels to make absolutely sure.
|Belt & braces|
As already mentioned, 2818 held the most attraction for me, note the inside steam pipes, the lamp bracket in the early position atop the smoke box, rather than on the smoke box door, no steam heat and the squared off rather than curved drop at the front of the running plate. Hard to see from this shot, but it also still has its exhaust steam injector fitted. If I had to find fault with it, the coupling had not been stowed in the appropriate GWR fashion.
|One day, our own 2874 may look something like this.|
I was particularly impressed with the rolling stock at the Tanfield Railway, and paused for a while when I spotted this in their carriage shed.
|Definitely not a MKI|
|The plot thickens|
The last, extremely rainy day was spent on the Stainmore Railway at Kirkby Stephen East. I have called in here on dozens of occasions before and never caught them on a running day... until now. The bad news was that their normal Peckett, F.C. Tingey wasn't in steam (another GWSR coincidence, its owner also owns shares in 35006).
|Lytham St Anne's|
|John, in the David Page shed|
|Alex, working her magic on Foremarke Hall|
|35006, ready for action again|
|New fence being coated with creosote substitute|
As you may well have noticed, aside from the week that I was on holiday, there has been something of a heatwave going on and the risk of lineside fires is high. The mainline has banned steam, unless it is mostly being pushed along by a diesel, and several heritage railways have banned steam altogether. This is an issue that we cannot be complacent about and in order to mitigate against the risk of lineside fires, all of our locos have spark arresters fitted in their smoke boxes and many have spark guards in their ash pans. Where no ash pan spark guards are yet fitted, there are instructions to keep all dampers closed, except the one highest up, which will therefore keep ash in the longest. In the case of 4270, it is the very front damper that is to be kept open. When I arrived on the footplate, I instantly noticed that some red tape had been put round the dampers as a reminder.
|Do not adjust your dampers, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible|
|Ade, over on the driver's side of the cab|
|Puts the steam loco dept's shunters to shame|
Being a tank engine with relatively limited water capacity, water was taken at every opportunity. The balance pipe between the two side tanks is not all it could be, so refilling is a slow process. It is possible to have it overflowing on one side, yet still very low on the other.
|Unfortunately I missed the overflow photo|
|Jeremy (cleaner) grappling with the coupling|
|Ade provided welcome refreshments, here being consumed by Jeremy|
|The car park at Broadway is now taking shape|
|4270 running round at Broadway|
|Jeremy feeds the fire|
|I wonder what the crop was.|
|We stopped to take water as we went...|
|...and once again I missed the water overflow shot.|
|Ade duly obliged... he struggled to see over it as we went round to the shed afterwards|
|The maroon rake, left on the running line for Saturday|
|21 chairs, a considerable counter weight.|
|More work required under here|
|Keith at work with a wire brush|
|Sam, putting his back into it|
|Richard was giving one of the tender wheels another top coat|
|David E painted the tender's axle boxes|
|David F wire brushed the suspension mounting points|
|Martin took photos for the DMLL working volunteers weekly newsletter...|
|...before hoovering up the dust created by the wire brushing.|
|Splasher in primer|
|Tender hand brake|
|Bob, greasing up one of 35006's tender axle boxes|
|Sam (l) & Will making dampers for 35006's suspension|
|Roger with a trolley load of boot scrapers that had been prepared earlier.|