Track work (notes from Baz Shell):
Dress code for this Saturday was waterproofs and wellies as it was a very dull and wet day, with real rain between the showers.
But the weather didn’t deter our volunteers who were keen to battle on and complete the first section of the “running” line with concrete sleepers.
Jim quickly got our trusty digger cranked up and run up to the work site, but we had a “failure” with the Permaquip which was suffering from flat batteries, the altenator drive belt has been suspect for a while, so we decided to leave it and other small faults until we could have a full day working on it.
Work cracked on at a good pace, because it was pee-ing down, all the sleepers were in position and by the end of play one section of rail was seated and clipped in place.
Well done the track boys!
Not to be deterred by the weather the Fowler boys where again onsite sorting a few faults and the loco ran up for a good long period, there are still a few niggles to address.
Traction (Notes from Duncan Thomas):
1. Main jobs of the day was to check over the engine after last weekend’s running and start work on the air system.
2. The engine appeared fine, although it had lost a large amount of water from the cooling system, about 10lts.
3. The cooling system was topped up and a good check made for any obvious leaks, none were detected so the engine was started.
4. The engine ran fine and again had a couple of periods of running through the day.
5. The engine throttle control was connected up to the cab controls and now operate fine from the cab.
6. A small quantity of oil was drained from the sump for inspection. The good news is the oil appeared fine with no evidence of water contamination.
7. A fuel leak on the feed into the fuel filters from the lift pump was repaired and the leak fixed.
8. George and Davie managed to get a number of the air pipes refitted, although progress was a little slow as we appear to be missing some lengths of pipework, so a fair amount of time was spent hunting the missing pipework.
9. A number of the regular volunteers were on site and were really pleased to see the engine running as they missed it last weekend.
10. Jim reported he is making progress with sourcing parts for the electrical system, so hopefully work can start in this area soon.
Overall steady progress made. Next week, work will continue to find why the water level had dropped, with the continuous rain today it was impossible to see if things were leaking, or if it was just water dripping off the loco. Work on the air system will continue.