Monday 28th January 2019

The Trustees met last Tuesday evening at Over Kellett to sign the shed lease and consider David’s cash flow statement – as many of you will be aware, there has been a significant outflow of money in recent weeks in order to progress the Trust’s projects! Attendance at the meeting was reduced due to the poor weather forecast but was just sufficient to be quorate and to transact the business. With the weather in mind, Alison’s sandwiches were duly eaten during the meeting to save time and all was done and dusted before 9.30 -this must be some sort of record! Opening the front door revealed an unwelcome layer of snow that had arrived while the meeting was underway, and those heading back towards Furness had to endure a blizzard.

Caliban after losing its front buffersThe cold weather put paid to any thoughts of undertaking a washout on FR 20’s boiler on Wednesday and so efforts were turned to removing Caliban‘s front buffers in readiness for the cylinders to be re-bored.

FR 20's new tubes arriveThe new tubes for FR 20’s boiler arrived late in the day and can be seen in this artistic photo taken by Ade of Alan inspecting the tubes viewed through the fork lift’s mechanism. (Suspect he just couldn’t be bothered to get off the fork lift! Ed.)

John Dixon replace a loose stud on Cumbria's domeCumbria‘s dome cover and dome lid were removed on Friday morning in readiness for the regulator and ‘J’ pipe to be removed for machining. John Dixon is seen here replacing one of the studs.

Fred cleans up one of FR 20's tender wheelsetsFred spent much of the day finishing the cleaning up of FR 20’s tender wheels…Happy in his work. John Dixon paints one of Fr 20's tender wheelsets … then John Dixon applied a coat of red oxide paint.

Roger cleans up some of FR 20's brass workRoger continued Phil’s efforts at cleaning FR 20’s brasswork and can be seen here busy at his work.

Keith fits one of Wootton Hall's new tender axle box keeps to an axle boxKeith has been working on the new keeps for Wootton Hall’s tender, and is seen here fitting one to one of the axleboxes.

And there was yet more work carried out by John Davis and Howard on Fluff.