D9526 - Preparatory work continues ahead of the forthcoming engine change. Two refurbished Class 14 110V DC generators are ready to be collected from Bowers Electricals. One will be fitted into D9526 and the other into D9518.
D7018 - The engine was started a number of times on Saturday so as Bob could perform some adjustments and set up the governor. Nothing beats the sound of a Maybach MD870 running inside the shed so hopefully it impressed a number of visiting steam crews that were passing through! Graham is currently painting the roof section that fits over the engine.
D6566 - The sloppy brake block holder with its associated pins and bushes has been refurbished by WS Restoration. After some initial problems the previous weekend further work was performed during last week and on Saturday Will assisted me to refit the holder and the brake rigging complete with slack adjuster. The result, a well aligned and steady block holder so we'll call that a job! There is one other block holder that is borderline for attention and awaits a decision but other than that the remaining brake gear looks to be acceptable. Will and Ross have made good progress inside the engine room, painting of the generator group in Rail Grey is now almost complete. Will also removed the compressor covers and following cleaning has applied a coat of high temperature aluminium paint. The previous weekend Ross and I had used the steam cleaner to perform some test cleaning of the accumulated debris inside and above No.1 bogie. This is the most heavily contaminated area of the loco and some preparatory work had already been performed. The results proved to be most effective and although some points will need to be revisited it is now intended to use this method to clean the remaining underframe areas and No.2 bogie. With this in mind and having demonstrated a practical means of attending to worn brake work components, it is now hoped that the need to lift the loco off its bogies can be avoided. On Sunday Andy P attempted to fit the new flexible hoses to the oil priming pump. The top (outlet) one went in ok with a bit of persuasion but the lower (suction) one proved to be about one inch too short and will have to be modified. Curiously they were both made the same length based on the old pipes removed from D6575 so just proves no two locos are built the same! Whilst Andy was doing that job I attempted to free the last retaining nuts of the three leaking radiator elements. Of the twelve off concerned nine of either the nuts or studs were extracted intact but unfortunately three of the studs sheared and so the remains will have to be extracted and replaced once the elements are out.
D6575 - Seems to have disappeared somewhere! But in fact it is being used by the WSR on per way duties particularly with the ballasting of re-laid track at Minehead.