Monday 7th October 2019

Work has continued on Furness Railway No. 20 this week. Andy Booth has completed his work on the tubes and we need to think about fitting blanks ready for a hydraulic test. There are a couple of corner firebox screws to attend to as well.

John Dixon with the magnetic drillJohn Dixon has been creating a bar to be fitted on to the floor of the front tender drag box to support the buffing spring. He is seen here at work with the magnetic drill.

John Davis and Phil Bell under FR 20's tenderPhil Bell, seen with John Davis, has continued his work below the tender frames which includes the dismantling of some of the brake rigging to allow access to the frames and for cleaning.

Tim sands down FR 20's tenderTim has continued the task of sanding down the tender paintwork.

Alan and Adrian with a new felt pad in one of Caliban's axleboxesAdrian and Alan have been engaged on the task of fitting new felt lubrication pads into Caliban‘s axleboxes.

Howard filingWe haven’t seen many photographs of Howard lately so here is one of him filing down a metal insert into Fluff‘s new running board.

John Davis cleaning up one of Fluff's springsJohn Davis has been cleaning up Fluff‘s springs.

One of Wootton Hall's tender axlebox bearings in the process of being machinedWork has also continued this week on Wootton Hall‘s new splashers and the machining the newly white-metalled tender bearings, one of which is shown here.

The 'new' CNC machine arrivesA second-hand CNC machine, the purchase cost being subscribed to by the FRT, arrived at Preston on Wednesday and has been positioned in the RSR workshop.

The Ribble Steam Railway Diesel Gala took place last weekend and Class 14 D9539 hauled one of the evening trains for the Folk Evening.

Geoff Middleton ready to pipe in the last Folk TrainGeoff Middleton was on hand to pipe in the last train.

Can you believe it???Meanwhile brother Alan entertained as a one man band.

Cumbria back in actionOver at Embsay, Cumbria made a successful return to traffic with the Sunday dining train (thanks to the Embsay loco group’s Facebook for the picture) while 5643 is lined up for a few repairs this week.

Finally, don’t forget the annual Barrow Model Railway exhibition which takes place at Barrow’s 6th Form College this weekend.