Today was a day of cleaning the protective grease and vasalene off the bearing surfaces ready for rewheeling.
The above shows one of the crank pins covered in old grease to protect it from the elements.
After cleaning a protective coat of oil was applied to stop the rust.
The main journals are in good order and have been well protected. The thrust face had lost some of its protection and a light layer of rust covered the surface. A gentle tickle with a soft rotary wire brush soon removed the rust.
A cleaned and oiled jounal and thrust face ready for the refurbished axle boxes.
A rest from the work! Sit back in the winter sun and watch Rood Ashton Hall chuff by to the turntable.
Back to the hard work. The main springs were dug out from storage and moved up to the wheel sets for refitting under the axle boxes.
We are not sure why but sometime in the past some of the underkeeps were modified so that no oil was returned to the sump. Here you can see the original drain holes being reinstated to return things to original design. Only job left to do now on the underkeeps is to fit the early style inside fillers (this speeds filling and allows easier removal of any water) and the installation of some nice new felt pads.