Monday 14th September 2020

First of all we can report that the Annual General Meeting successfully took place last Tuesday evening with the participants able to attend from the comfort of their homes using Zoom technology. The essential business was conducted without fuss in a record time of 20 minutes and the draft minutes produced before bedtime! Thanks go to all of you who attended.

Ade and Alan preparing a new dome cover jointAlan and Ade removed the dome cover from FR 20’s boiler with the assistance of Ribble Rail staff and the hi-ab.¬†They then prepared a new joint before the dome cover was replaced and fastened down.

John Dixon drilling out steam pipe studsJohn Dixon continued and completed his work drilling out wasted or broken studs which secure the blastpipe and main steam pipe.

Caliban's valve spindlesAlan had picked up Caliban‘s valve spindles from IRS Surfacing Technologies at Burscough. They had been metal sprayed to counter corrosion and then ground back to size. From the finished job they looked brand new.

Paul Balshaw cleaning 5643's rodsThere has been more attention given to 5643 with Paul Balshaw cleaning up the rods.

Phil Bell cleaning below 5643's cab floorPhil Bell focussed his attention beneath the cab floor, which has been removed to allow access.

Fred cleaning up 5643's cab floor steelworkFred came in on Friday to clean up some of the cab floor steelwork

John Dixon with yet another job to completeKeith has given John Dixon the job of refurbishing a second-hand GWR cab seat and then creating another for Wootton Hall.

Spaced out at lunch Lunchtimes these days are a little strange with members spacing themselves out either in the mess room or the shed. Here we see John Davis, Paul Newton and Phil Bell suitably socially distanced (no, we didn’t say spaced out!).

Monday 7th September 2020

Another couple of weeks of steady progress at Preston to report.

Alan attending to FR 20's front endThe steam chest cover and tail rod bushes for the valve spindles have been re-fitted to FR 20, with Alan seen here at work on the matter.

All the spring hangers have now been machined and painted prior to fitting along with the new springs. The tender spectacle plate has also received a new coat of paint.

John Dixon applying heat to one of FR 20's blast pipe studsA number of steam pipe and blast pipe studs need to be replaced either through wastage or breakage. John Dixon tried to remove one of the blast pipe studs using some heat.

John Dixon resorting to drilling out a blast pipe stud on FR 20Unfortunately, the heat treatment failed to make any difference so John is seen here (successfully) drilling out one of the broken studs.

Ade drilling out one of Caliban's smokebox rivetsThe magnetic drill was much in demand last Wednesday when Ade also took the opportunity to start drilling out smokebox rivets on Caliban‘s boiler.

Keith cleaning 5643's framesThere has been further cleaning of 5643’s motion and frames.

5643's main brake shaft5643’s main brake shaft was removed by team Bell and Davis with a little help from Keith and the lifting table. It is a sizeable chunk of metal that has to be respected!

Keith shaping one of Wootton Hall's injector delivery pipesContinuing Great Western news, Keith has been spending more time shaping the new injector delivery pipework for Wootton Hall.

A final reminder to members that the virtual AGM is scheduled for tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 8th September) with signing in commencing at 19.15 for a 19.30 start. We still hope to see or hear from as many members as possible.