The week was just 3 days work for a change .Tuesday the injector pipe brackets for 4253 were rubbed down and painted .The work on the sand boxes that was started at the weekend for 541 tender continued, rubbing down and priming . The middle coal floor sheet for 541 tender had the edges cleaned getting it ready to be taken inside to be welded in place.The refitted bunker had the paint work touch up along the bottom rivet line.The step had to be adjusted to allow the bolts to fit correctly this was after the running plate had some welding done while the bunker was off.The injector pipe flanges had plywood covers fitted to keep any crap out, the vertical handrail was removed (sorry steam heat pipe)and put away along with the cab vacuum pipe till its needed .Friday all the trimmings in the cab oil boxes were checked and the boxes filled with oil .All the injector pipe brackets were fitted .The superheater header had all the studs removed to allow the countersinking of the holes to take place to accommodate the new ends of the new superheater elements .A new trolley was fitted to the overhead gantry to allow ease of movement for the chain block side to side .The most interesting job of the day was moving the tender coal floor inside the bunko booth as the sheet is the same size as the door opening but we got it in .The boiler has all the tubes and flues beaded over at HBSS just need to add H2O and pressurise now .Sunday the first job was to fit lifting eyes to the coal floor sheet then lower into position and trim and weld into place . Sounds simple but it took most of the day to get it welded into position .We made brackets and cut up spacers for fitting the sheet ,other jobs done on the tender drilling the drain holes, trial fitting the coal shovelling plate, marking out the lifting eyes for drilling .4253 vacuum pipe was stripped and painted along with 541 sand boxes a very productive day indeed .Thanks to all who helped keep things moving this week . ... See MoreSee Less
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This week it was 4 working days and 2 1/2 days on 4253 1 1/2 days on 541 .Tuesday the continuing marking out and measuring for setting out on the tender and drilling for inside water space cross supports .Some more bits for the tender that needed weld preps were done and put aside till they are required .The elbow from the top of the most travelled brake cylinder arrived so it was all hands to get everything put back together and one final test before we got ready to refit the bunker.We then moved 4253 outside in the sunshine to await (Clive )with his road railer to pick up the bunker and put it back on the loco .The bunker was picked up and placed on blocks to allow the removal of the 8 ton lifting strops then 4253 was pushed back in the shed and we went home.Thursday , 2 of us were going to sort out bits but in the end we refitted the bunker (with a little help from George on the digger ),we bolted it down and reconnected the hand brake to give us a flying start on Friday .Friday we started to re- fit the water valve we had removed and connected the water pipes to the injectors and the delivery pipes from the injectors. None of these jobs is easy as the restricted space under the loco and you require the arms the length of a baboon along with double jointed wrists .By the end of the day, we had refitted the drain cock operating handle, the sanding rods and the floor plate and one oil box, along with the coal door just a few more bits to bolt on .Sunday the team continued with the welding of the tender side sheet inside and out and the cross supports .The second section of the coal floor was moved inside and had a lifting lug fitted and trimmed and fitted then welded .The operating rods for the water valves were cut and trial fitted. The sand boxes for 541 arrived and first one was cleaned and primed .The other half of the team carried on fitting the bits back on 4253 bunker ,including the back vacuum pipe ,oil boxes ,water valve operating handles ,and the injector pipework that goes to the clacks . A very good week indeed thanks to all who came and helped both projects . ... See MoreSee Less
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