Volunteer’s View – January 5th 2019

Graham Clarke writes…

Happy New Year from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill.

The previous Saturday, just before New Year, saw Whiz, Stuart, Darrell and I. Darrell was busy with sales, Whiz was preparing a scabby tail light on 55019 for repainting, Stuart and I were looking at the ongoing fault that 19 occasionally has where it takes power, but the engine does not rev up, meaning you don’t get enough power to move a train. We found a broken air pipe in the pneumatic control system that increases the engine speed and power output when you move the power controller handle away from the off position. You would not hear air escaping with the loco running. It was on an external air supply, so we could hear the air escaping.

Last Saturday was quite busy, with Nat, Beth, Nigel, Geoff, Steve, Chris, Howard, Mia and I present. John was also there in the morning dealing with financial matters and I countersigned some cheques for him.

Apart from Geoff, Chris, Steve and I, everyone was working on either C Exam jobs or preparing the no.2 cab of 55019 for painting.

Geoff was busy with other painting jobs, Chris was making a new air pipe to replace the broken one, Steve was working on 55015’s no.2 buffer beam paintwork and I was generally sorting stuff out and getting ready to solder the last two traction motor cable terminations in 15’s no. 2 control cubicle. Steve helped me with this later on. I’m generally happy with the results, but I need to warm up and straighten the end of one of the cables, because it’s not straight. It’s very difficult to do the cables, due to working close to the control cubicle with cables pulled out to the side using a naked flame. Hopefully, I’ll get everything connected next week.

Thanks to everyone I’ve mentioned for their hard work and for the tin of chocolates someone brought along. There were only a few left by the end of the day.

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