|Setting sun at Gotherington|
|Foremarke Hall simmering in the shed at the end of the season|
That brought the curtain down on the 2017 season, and aside from a few lost days due to snow in December, a very good year. I understand that we still came in with over 100,000 passengers over the course of the year, setting another record.
Leaning back on laurels however is a luxury that the steam loco dept can't afford, we now have to deal with all the winter maintenance of our running fleet of locos for the 2018 season, which kicks off on the 10th of March, a shade over 2 months away from now.
Judging by the scaffolding on Toddington signal box, the S&T dept have a bit of work on their hands too.
|Toddington signal box coming in for some TLC|
Saturday was fairly cold, the pile of snow that had been shifted from the parking spaces in the car park over a week ago still hadn't warmed up enough to melt away.
|Ammunition for a snow ball fight or a kit of parts for an igloo?|
Most people sensibly elected to locate things to do inside the David Page shed, as it was marginally warmer in there than outside.
|All the lamps neatly set out.|
Speaking of damage, one of the main jobs on Dinmore Manor was to effect a temporary repair on the spring hanger that failed during the Christmas Cracker event. The hanger had sheared through, leaving one of the bogie springs supported at one end only.
|The remains of the hanger, plus the spring|
|Close up of the broken spring hanger|
|The nut that came off, with the sheared off hanger still inside|
It will take a few weeks to get the spring hangers machined and ready to be fitted, so the object of the exercise now, was merely to repair it well enough to allow Dinmore Manor to be shunted around if need be. It is currently over the indoor pit on road 7, and it's blocking 35006 on the lifting jacks.
The temporary "fix" was to weld the nut back in place on the spring hanger and reassemble it.
|Welded back in place|
As mentioned above, 35006 was still on the lifting jacks. The good news is that the axle boxes have all been examined and found to be in good order
|35006 on the jacks|
|Of course, not being on a pit made it a bit cramped under there|
|The lubrication pads from some of the axle boxes|
|John M applies oil before re-fitting them|
|John C removing injectors|
|Roger puts the tin in a bucket and pours in boiling water|
|Roger (l) and Chris at work|
|Mike re-cutting the ejector valve seat|
|Sam removing the grate|
|Safety valve bonnet|
|Bonnet removed, safety valves in the middle, clack valves to the sides|
|Safely removed and stored in the DMLL container|
|2874 on the left, 3845 on the right|
|Bruce works on yet another boot scraper|
|In fact there was something of a production line going on in their container|
Another task on the go in the department at the moment, is to make a stand inside the shed for the various bottle jacks that we have. A stand has been welded up, and Gwendolyne & Ade were busy cleaning up any rough edges, before painting could commence
|Gwendolyne (l) & Ade|
|Some time later, nicely coated in primer|
|Sam at work.|