A good turn out meant once again key tasks that needed technical skills could be commenced. The first was installing the support brackets for the coal bunker at the cab end. These brackets mount to the frame on the front of the hind engine and then to the front of the bunker. They required welding and grinding to be accurately put in place. Thanks Mark for your skills in this area. Next work day will mean this can be completed and that task can be put in the “done” list.
Andy and Toby continued to work on the coal trough and associated running gear – they have worked tirelessly on the auger trough and bunker now for many weeks. There are many bolts and mounts to align for the coal trough and auger to ensure it mounts properly to the frame. The talents of a contortionist and the hydraulic ram to make things align have come in handy. The space is quite difficult to access and is quite literally in the bowels of the bunker. Their work progressed well during the day – see the associated pictures for details and how tight some of the places they are working in really are!
Polishing of the connecting rods and valve linkages continues as these require constant work to maintain. Our newest recruit, Ewoult,