Volunteer’s View – January 12th 2019

Graham Clarke’s second report of 2019…

An update from the Deltic Preservation Society Depot at Barrow Hill.

It was a very productive day. I was very grateful to see such a good turn out. A lot was achieved as a result on many fronts and not just engineering.

The cab of 55008 continues to receive a cosmetic restoration and is in the Depot finally after 34 years, including a long period on it’s trailer and 15 years since we opened the Depot.

55019 was having its no.1 cab prepared for painting, further work done on the C Exam and a replacement for the broken governor regulator air pipe made and fitted. This was tested later and everything appears to be working correctly. In addition, tail lights were being cleaned of years of overpainting and some rust, ready for a fresh coat of new paint. And lastly the engine room door frames and catches have been repaired. One was missing.

Power Unit 451 has had the stripped temperature probe pocket thread repaired by fitting an oversize sleeve to return the thread to standard size. In turn this allowed the exhaust manifold removed for access to go back on.

A number of other painting and tidying jobs were done by the younger volunteers especially.

As I said, it’s not just about engineering at the Depot. Sales stock was dealt with and various financial transactions were processed.

Finally, over on 55015, work was continuing on the rebuild of the coolant expansion tank and pipe work. Including eventually finding the missing banjo connections for the water level sight glass and a blanking plate. I also straightened the cable I soldered last week that ended up crooked. I essentially melted the whole thing so I could straighten the cable and re-soldered the terminal back on. Even leather gauntlets will only keep over 200C at bay for so long, so you have to work quickly a bit at a time. The cables now straight, I’m satisfied with it and I have no burns!

It was a really good day and I would like to thank: Geoff, Neil, Nat, Beth, Nigel, Steve, Mick, Pete, Son Alex, Harry, His Mate, John, Tom, Dave, Darrell, Mike, Stuart, Wizz, Chris and I there too. And yes that’s 20 people.

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