Monday 11th November 2019

Wootton Hall's tender wheels in the shedThe wheels for Wootton Hall‘s tender have arrived in the shed ready for the new bearings to be scraped in. We are now in the process of procuring some lubricating pads although it seems that there is quite a lead time for these items.

Keith drilling one of Wootton Hall's tender footplate floor supportsMore items have appeared from the forge at Kirkham this week. Keith has been drilling holes in the newly-arrived steel supports for the tender footplate floor.

Footplate floor supports in positionThey have now been fitted into position although some adjustment to their shape is necessary before final fitting.

Howard attending to one of Fluff's axleboxesWork continues on painting the inside of Fluff‘s frames and Howard has been attending to the axleboxes.

Alan sizes up the replacement manifold for CalibanA second-hand replacement manifold for Caliban was the centre of Alan’s attention last Wednesday. It seems that it has been some considerable time since the various components have been dismantled… Give me a long enough leverThe old adage says “give me a long enough lever and I will move the earth”…. I'll get it moved!!…¬†and so Alan attempted to put this into practice with a series of pipes added to the handle of his stilsons! Adrian, famed for his dismantling abilities, joined to finish off the job.

Roger cleaning one of FR 20's tender spectacle plate glassesFred finished cleaning out the top well at the back of FR 20’s tender and Roger completed the rather extended task of removing the protective gaffer tape from FR 20’s spectacle glasses – we won’t be doing that again in a hurry!

John Dixon painting the inside of FR 20's tender framesThe tender tank is almost ready for painting and Phil Bell is also nearly ready to re-fit the first half of the brake rigging after cleaning and painting. John Dixon has again been underneath the tender and is seen giving the inside of the frames some paint.

Finally, as forecast last week, Keith and Fred have been across to Embsay to give 5643 a wash-out prior to the operation of the Santa Specials there.