Last weekend, your humble scribe was out and about on the footplate of 2807 all day, which isn't particularly conducive to finding out what has been going on in the steam loco dept. I am therefore very thankful to Martin who provided me with the following photos, but alas no description of what was going on
|Dinmore Manor covered in scaffolding, hopefully no Notre Dame repeat to come (photo courtesy of Martin Ginger)|
|3850's sandbox has moved from being primed to grey undercoat (photo courtesy of Martin Ginger)|
|Tony(R) instructing Jeremy on the use of a lathe (photo courtesy of Martin Ginger)|
|3850's tender being prepared for painting by David (photo courtesy of Martin Ginger)|
|Newly cast brass window frames and fittings for 2874 (photo courtesy of Martin Ginger)|
|Mike lifts out one of 3850's extension frames (photo courtesy of Martin Ginger)|
|Not a playground!|
|Wood store to be installed here.|
|Foremarke Hall arrives at Toddington|
|It was a driver training day for Chris...|
|...his instructor, Ian was pleased to see adequate pressure on the gauge...|
|...and it was a delightful day to be out on 2807.|
|OK, not a real Spitfire, but jolly impressive nonetheless|
|Mike, modern first aid in 1940's clothing|
|I don't think he was checking up on the football results from 1944 somehow|
|The trains ran to time, in spite of the best efforts of the Luftwaffe|
|Eleanor resorts to reading the instruction manual, Peter grapples with the strap binding machine|
|We have some firemen who struggle to make this much steam|
|Clearly a fan of brass safety valve bonnets and copper capped chimneys|
|You can never have too much cake!|
|A trench being dug...|
|...John applying paint to one of the ladders to go with the lamps|
|Hard to tell against the cloudy background, but a safety valve has lifted|
I spent much of the day cleaning many years accumulation of grime from the extension frame liberated from 3850. This is now loaded onto a trailer and will shortly be heading off for use as a pattern for new ones... hopefully they won't faithfully replicate the slight bend put into it by a certain less than careful previous owner.
|Frame extension, loaded onto a trailer.|
|"Oh no, I've been blogged"|
A recent arrival in the yard, is a GWR boiler wagon, used to move boilers between the various shops of Swindon works. It will become the temporary mobile home for 2874's boiler whilst work takes place on its rolling chassis. Before that, the plan is to refurbish the trolley.
|The first of its wheels has been painted|
|The boiler trolley in the yard|
|What should go here?|
|Mark, sticking the frame together.|
|Bill on 0-4-2ST, "Sir Haydn" at Quarry Sidings (photo courtesy of Phil Mason)|
And finally, the 2874 Trust is keen to obtain more money to assist with the restoration of 2874 from the Ecclesiastical insurance Company. The following is a quote from David Foster, a trustee of the 2874 Trust.
"In December 2017, the 2874 Trust was fortunate to receive a grant of £1000 from the Ecclesiastical Insurance Company in their “12 days of giving” – this company donates significant sums to charities every year by distributing all their profits. This year they are undertaking a “Movement for Good” programme to give £1000 to each of 500 charities and a further £50,000 to each of 10 charities.
We want to try again! The process is through people nominating their chosen charity. The more nominations we get, the better the chance of success – the initial round started on 23rd April – the details of how to nominate the 2874 Trust are below – the information you need to complete the nomination is the Charity Number - 1166258 (we have confirmed we are eligible under their rules). The second round starts later in year and we will try for that one as well.
Obviously we will be in competition with many other worthy causes but we would be delighted if you could help
Log on to www.ecclesiastical.com/movementforgood
Right hand side of page “Nominate Now”
Details needed – Charity Number 1166258 our name The 2874 Trust should show up on screen
Charity Type – select Education Skills
Who you are – “Other”
Why you are nominating – suggest something along the lines of “ the organisation is helping the preservation of heritage engineering skills by training and developing volunteers through restoration of a historic steam locomotive”"
Hopefully your help here will see more funds donated to this extremely worthy project.