Work Report from Sat 22nd November. By Ian Robins and Simon Purvis.
D1010 – John Cooke and Gordon disconnected the main cardan shaft from the engine to transmission at the flywheel end in preparation for the forthcoming change of ‘A’ engine. Leroy and Mike H steam cleaned the oil impregnated air filter modules and replenished them with fresh oil.
D7018 - Paul, Graham and Bob have continued fitting various items of pipework to the loco.
D1661 - More routine maintenance. Today the crankcase breather mesh screen and coarse fuel strainer were cleaned. Much sludge and debris was found in the latter. All of the turbo inlet air filter modules were removed from the loco and similarly treated along with those from D1010.
D6575 – The loco worked light engine from BL to MD and then returned with an engineers train to BL on Saturday. The loco is expected to involved with the engineers trains associated with the WN loop extension during the winter.
D6566 – Rapid progress has been made during the first two weeks at CTMS. Most of the loco has now been rubbed down to bare metal and some corroded areas cut out. Welding repairs to one side of the cooler group have already been completed. A visit to Cranmore by myself and the owner was undertaken on Sunday to inspect progress and discuss some of the issues raised so far.
D9518 – The “Small Loco Division” have made good progress lately. The Electrical Cubicle, Brake Frame and Fuel Tanks are now ready to be craned off the loco. This is expected to be performed during December in conjunction with the engine change on D1010.
Dave and I had a good day working on 9518, the control cubicle was finally disconnected and most of the cab lining has been removed. Dave had come prepared with mask and ear defenders. The cubicle was lifted and placed upon wooden blocks to check there was no wires left connected, or there were some fixings in place. The cubicle was moved backwards to the desk, uncovering the front cab wall - all was disconnected . Dave set about removing the lining and sound deadening glass fiber pads Most of the trim screws did not give up without a fight, and Dave used his air powered screw driver. As already reported, the brake frame is ready for lifting, but to make things easier, the DSD vacuum valve and some of the reversing system valves were removed in preparation for this lift. The valves all require a good clean and inspection as none have operated for over 20 years.