|Good Friday was definitely NOT a 'Good' day for weather!|
|Our mysterious green shunter.|
Speaking of shunters, it was also mentioned, a few blogs back, that a new Class 04 shunter has been purchased to take some of the pressure off of our current 'Class 04'. 11230 whilst our other shunter DES is out of action. 11230 is not actually a BR shunter but was one of a pair built by the Drewry Car Co. for use at Willington Power Station to the same specification as a BR Class 04. The new arrival is a 'proper' BR Class 04, D2280 from the North Norfolk Railway. D2280 was built in 1960, withdrawn in 1971 then sold to Ford Motor Company. It had been at the NNR since 2001, having been painted in BR Black but without any numbers.
|The new arrival, BR Class 04, D2280. If you look closely, you can still see the 'FORD' logo on the front under the handrail!|
|20035's cannibalised nose end.|
|The exposed engine. Not long until it can be lifted.|
|One of the major jobs in preservation is spares removal and cleaning. Not the most glamourous of jobs but very necessary!|
|Simon cleans up another of the cannabilised items from 20035.|
|Removal of motor switches, complete with bushes and insulators.|
|With all parts separated, the switch can be cleaned up whilst the insulators need either repair or throwing away.|
|DOO, Neil, wanders past as we wait for 'Foremarke Hall' to clear the mainline for us to cross over to P2. Thanks to John Cruxon for the load of the headboard and fixing!|
The last down train to Cheltenham Racecourse is usually quite full with the more hardy customer making their way back to their cars! Today was even more so after the festivities at Broadway. 8 coaches, 275 tonnes trailing and, all quite full.
|After run round, a 25 minute wait to return to Toddington! A little oversight in the timetable! Time for another cuppa!|
After getting back to shed it was noticed that there was alot of 'fluid' that had collected in the bed pan of the engine and a lot of pooled oil at several places around the engine room. Baring in mind these locos are all over 55 years of age you can accept a certain number of leaks where seals don't sit right or are starting to perish. With the loco in use on the Saturday with a different crew the bed pan was drained to see if it was just general collection. I also noticed that the buffer beams of 47376 'Freightliner 1995' had been pretty much finished, with only a few of the pipe headers to be painted in top coat.
|No.1 end with just the yellow on the air pipes to go on.|
|A full set on No.2 end.|
|Under threatening skies Tim signals to Mark S in 11230 to position 1693 in the right place. DES loiters behind awaiting the outcome of the ongoing repair investogations by the owners.|
|D2280 ready for its assessment.|
|The Heat Exchanger feed pipe - most of the oil cleaned away, some still sits behind. This was covered in oil before cleaning.|
|The fluid is pooled on the bed plate at the bottom left of the picture. It has also pooled on the running plate in the centre, top of the picture. Nothing that would fail the loco but will need a look over.|
Some of the little jobs included some sticking relays that had been picked up when modifications were made to the Blower Motors in order to reduce wear and tear. There was also another sticking issue with the power application relays. A judiscial application of WD40 will hopefully alleviate the issues.
|WD40......the magic sponge of the mechanical world!|
|A quick visual inspection of the Blower Motor relays and a careful spray of WD40. All, of course, are isolated with the BIS (Battery Isolation Switch) in the 'OFF' position. You wouldn't want to have the cover off if they were live!!|
The bogie is starting to take shape as more and more bits are re-sited and top coat is applied. With a lot of the major parts of the brake system now refitted, the smaller bits, such as runners and joints, needed priming.
|Slack runners and brackets await the paint brush and a coat of primer.|
|Some of the slack adjusters removed. The worst of the bunch is in the centre of the picture!|
|One wonders how they worked effectively with such a substatial twist in the rod!|
|Class 04, 11230 pulls all 117 tonnes of Class 47, 47376, out of the shed.|
|End of the day. Peter positions D6948 back in the shed.|