The heavily worn damper crank spindle, which had been welded to the mainframe, required replacement
The replacement spindle with the re-bushed crank levers for operating the linkage to the damper doors is ready to fit to the locomotive
Rubbing down of the cylinder cladding, handrails and cab pipework continues so that as much as possible is ready for the return of the boiler
The cylinder cover cladding is rubbed down in readiness for a further coat of paint
Is there anybody down there - Mark, not in the most comfortable of positions, sorts out the copper pipe runs for the vacuum brake system
Bob commences the all important task of fitting split pins to those parts of the motion that are now fully assembled. The return spring on the weigh-bar shaft has also been adjusted and a split pin fitted
Kenneth, doing a good impression of a Russian cosmonaut, wire brushes the rust off the new smoke box barrel.
Mike, deep in thought, pauses from his labour of applying a coat of heat resistant paint to the smoke box barrel.
Mike puts his early training as a gynaecologist to good use.
The finished article
The brake gear is laid out to assess what further work is required to complete it.
Life would be so much simpler if steam engines had disc brakes (preferably with ABS)