We are definitely getting back into the swing of things at Preston after the enforced lay off.
Ade fetched around the new engine springs for FR 20 from the RSR’s plant room where they had been in store since delivery during lockdown. Ade caught Tim ‘springing’ into action with a sack truck.
After which Ade lifted one of the new springs into position for a test fit.
As ever with new things, a small tweak was required to the new springs to obtain a snug fit within the spring hangers. Some ‘machining’ with an angle grinder subsequently took place. It is hoped to be able to progress the fitting of the new springs further this next week.
Elsewhere on FR 20, John has been upgrading some of the tender brake pipework.
Work has also continued with the cleaning of 5643 and Phil is seen here working in the pit.
Keith is also seen here surveying 5643 for future work from the pit.
Fred appeared on Friday and decided to try out the safety wire system that was installed last year. He is seen here awaiting final adjustment to his harness….
… and then atop 5643 cleaning its chimney.
Over in the running shed some of the FRT’s team have been installing refurbished seating on the RSR’s TSO no. 5036 and doing a very good job by the looks of it.
Finally, if members are wondering where the copy of the promised latest edition of The Iron Horse magazine is, there was a delay at the printers due to a reduced pandemic staffing level. The magazines have now been received and should be on their way!