Update from Saturday 4th February. By Jon Tooke, Ian Robins and Terry Deacon.
Saturday 4th Feb 2017 saw the usual team down Williton way engaged on themany projects and work that is ever ongoing for the DEPG as reported by Jon. Graham is still refurbishing the Hymek cabs and during the strip down it wasnoted that the old metal sheeting around the floor area by the drivers deskwas looking a bit thin so new panels were fabricated from sheet steel andGraham is seen trimming off any excess and grinding flat any imperfections.
Work continues on the class 14 engine rebuild by Simon and Terry ablyassisted by Warren and Mike. The state of the rebuilt engine can be clearlyseen by this overhead picture.(taken from a place of safety!)
Other Teddy Bear and Hymek repairs continue in the shed with the refurbishedroof panel of the class 35 being attended to ensure it sits down perfectlywhen placed onto the loco, and the side and front compartment doors open onthe class 14 give access to the engine and its associated parts.
Infrastructure work is always ongoing, and JT and Darren set to and replacedthe door handles and locks to the shed doors because the old ones were lifeexpired. On a lighter moment, As JT attends to the lock, Darren decides JTs woolyhat requires a small amount of adjustment too! Ian writes:- D6566 - Last Saturday at the end of January, Will and me removed the brake block holder and pin that was obviously flanging for further investigation.I think what is required is to get the pin skimmed to true it up and then get new bushes made to suit.All the brake parts removed were brought into the shed and last Sunday Andy P cleaned the thread and fitted a new boot to the slack adjuster.This Saturday, with some assistance to move the bits into position, I first removed the sanding pipe for access and installed the slack adjuster and pull rods refurbished last weekend and set them up.This was on the opposite side from where it was taken off thus replacing a slack adjuster with damaged bellows which has also been taken into the shed for attention in the warm.We have two more new bellows in stock but may have to order some more as there are a few dubious looking ones on both Cromptons.
Terry has sent some photos (bottom three) showing the engine mounts being prepared ready for fitting. Also the Engine mounts fitted and the engine supported on blocks to allow clearance within engine support frame to allow flywheel fitting. The Flywheel was also fitted and torqued tight. Top few photos from Jon, followed by couple of shots from Ian of the work on D6566 and last but definitely not least photos of the engine for D9526 from Terry.