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Up to now the work has been going on 7 days a week using a mix of PW Staff and PW volunteers.

Track was removed as planned with the old BH rails being placed on the East side ready for collection. All sleepers were loaded as soon as they were lifted with the train retreating slowly back up the hill.

All lifts being carried by the 360 Excavator with Dave at the controls, he enjoyed it so much last year he has returned for another bout of freezing conditions in an in accessible spot.

Once the track was removed then the old ash ballast was bladed off with a slight crossfall to the West. The first lengths in were in concrete sleepers uplifted from the North end of the straight into which we placed 1 length of new FB113 rail and then a new feature for the NYMR the installation of an Adjustment Switch. The chalked on comment about Direction of traffic caused some further comment but we only have a single line.

Once the concretes were installed then 4 – 5 timber sleepers were placed and then we started relaying steel sleepers by hand. Or rather Martyn, Neal and Nick relaid just over 300 by hand. I was busy painting or so it looked. I was placing the guide line that the sleepers are placed to. The sunday gang continued in slightly worse weather completing the steel sleeper section.

Brand new CEN 60 rail or FB121 has been acquired for this site, we believe this to be a first in the Heritage Railway world as other railways have CWR and also use steel sleepers but no one has yet used this type of rail. THe main difference being that it is about 17mm deeper in section and 10mm wider in the foot so it will only fit in new types of sleeper.

In the existing rail at the North end of the site through Br 34 all rails are having their bolt holes chopped off, this will mean, as the rails are shuffled down to butt up to each other, closure rails will be needed as well as the installation of the second Adjustment Switch set.

During this last week a start has been made on welding up of all joints on site as we progress the creation of the CWR length.

A number of photos are available on the listed Web site links below from Nigel Trotters articles, they also detail other works going on around the railway this winter.

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Saturday 30th rather than being a work day, Martyn is happy for all concerned to take a day off.

Work for this Sunday will be on the relay at Beck Hole, departing at 0830. As work has progressed well this week, and the expected disruption by weather did not materialise, things are more or less up to date, therefore I now have no work planned for Saturday 31st Jan.

Meanwhile, back at Newbridge.

The tamper gang have been preparing 73250 for its planned work load in the next few weeks, including work at Beckhole on the relay. But there are a number of other sites that need attention as well. An initial shift working out in Northdale had to be cut short when the weather closed in and a blizzard set in.

Lowmac EO – Having had the gridwork flooring removed a while ago, Duncan has since been working gradually and carefully around the wagon burning out the old rivets prior to getting the contractor in to construct the new gridwork. Timber flooring has been cut and loose fitted until all gridwork and brake gear work has been completed.

Seacow 667 – Richard has been working on the brake system and this appears to be progressing well with movement in the right places but a lot easier than it used to be.

Rod has had some success with refixing some of the platework in the hopper by removing the pulled through rivets and fitting new Countersunk bolts.

Nick has continued with the repaint when and were possible.

That leaves me as the failure, as those bolts still defy all efforts to come free. I finally managed to release the 4 sidehopper doors and these are awaiting reskinning, the only delay now is releasing the centre hopper doors.

Fri 6th – More work on Seacow 667, however this time we refitted some bits of the Air Brake system notably the Actuating cylinder and main tank.

Sat 7th Feb – Relay work completed at the end of January. Welders in process of welding up all rail joints. 2 Ballast trains arrived on Tues / Wed and deposited 960t of new ballast. Tamping and regulating planned to take place next week from Monday 9th.

Sun 8th – Work for this Sunday may be at Beck Hole depending on progress ( or lack of it ) by the welders. If not it may consist of sorting materials on wagons returned from the Beck Hole relay and/or fishplate oiling at Moorgates.

Tuesday 10th – Wagon work, start reblocking of BR Brake Van (Double Blocked) to continue next week.

Midweek  – Tip Stone, Tamp and Regulate work at Beck Hole, Northdale and Sadler House.

Friday 13th – No wagon work this week as out tamping previously.

Sun 15th – WORK FOR THIS Sunday will be fishplate oiling at Moorgates.

Tues 17th – Brake Van reblocking completed. Awaiting inspection by C+W.

Fri 20th – No wagon work this friday. Measured up remaining Lifts and slews at Beck Hole.

Sun 22nd – Newbridge Yard work.

Gerry working on tamper today, Duncan was loading ballast for Martyn and the rest of the lads were sorting materials in the yard.

First job was to fit replacement tea boiler so machine now fit for work again. Then replaced two short feeler rods on the RH side that got bent some time ago when the wrong tine was fitted. used good ones off 214. In the afternoon  replaced some grease pipes for good ones off spare banks.

Tues 24th – Wagon work.

Great strides today on the SEACOW.
The new air distributor has been fitted. As was hoped for, it matched up with the existing pipework exactly.
All we need now is the air cart from Grosmont  to test the brakes out.
Steve, Rod and Richard then set about the continuing challenge of the stuck centre doors.
Apparently, calling each other ‘Stuart’ all day (don’t ask me why)  seemed to have the desired effect – both doors are now out of the wagon!
The method involved the south end door being jacked up parallel to the pin and then rotated to establish that the door cast bracket was seized on the pin. This was warmed up to melt the grease inside and with hammer power, out it came. No ridging was in the pin, just hard compacted grease.
Another bonus, is that once out in the daylight, we discovered that one of the centre doors has been re-skinned in more recent times. It does not need doing now.
Just four tight linkage pins to take out of the door castings left to do.
Other work – the centre section of the south end has now received a coat of olive drab gloss.
Thurs 26th – Tamping at Beck Hole.
Fri 27th – Wagon work.
Sun 1st Mar – Work for this Sunday will be either drainage work at Bridge 34 or fishplate oiling at Moorgates.

Tues 3rd March – RUDD

  • The air brake cylinder, air reservoir, east side brake handle and the w- iron stretcher, are all back on the wagon and pinned up.
  • We were missing a pin from the end of the arm of the brake cylinder. I raked through the stores at C & W and found one of the correct size eventually.
Coles Crane
  • I have set Rod on to sort out the engine throttle linkage/engine issues  and the repairing of the body panels and roof sheets. In consultation with Neil, he is making out a small list of minor parts required.
  • Once the mechanics are protected from the elements again, there is no reason why the crane can not go back outside until the jib issue is resolved.  It then gives us space on the pit for tamper and regulator servicing/repairs.
  • Wilf Ward Trust have rubbed down the bogies ready for the final gloss coat next week.

Fri  6th – Seacow

  • re-skinned centre door and the six cast door pin sockets have been needle gunned, grease nipples removed and cleaned out and non-bearing surfaces given a protective coat of metal primer.
  • all footsteps and handrails and wheels now in white undercoat.
  • south end bogie wheel disc inners and axles cleaned off and painted.
  • measured up for vacuum through pipe.
  • a further look around failed to find the missing T –piece  behind the brake cylinder, unfortunately.
Time out taken to measure up the six foot for the forthcoming New Bridge relay.
Sun 8th – Plate oiling at Moorgates.
Tues 10th –

Fri 13th – Due to a slight hiatus in the wagon refurbishment programme, because of the non delivery of our air brake test cart, Richard Kimber has been set the  challenging task of sorting out the brakes ( and worn-non standard brake blocks)  on the Coles 15T crane.

His preparation for the task today has involved a close study of the manuals in the grey cupboard upstairs, an interview with Neil Spencer ( as he stripped the components originally in 2010) and an even closer examination of the huge pile of bits beside the degreaser tank.
One of the (Rydale brakes) overhauled brake pistons has been offered up to the chassis to check how it was fastened.
The piston is fastened to a bracket with countersunk allen – keyed set screws,which is fastened to the inside of the bogie frame. All the old set screws were  chiselled out in 2010 and binned.
Fortunately we have imperial tap and die sets so Richard was able to gauge what size replacements are needed. Neil is to obtain some for next week.
Seacow – Wilf Ward Trust Team continued on with the bogie frame paintwork. NC gloss painting handrails and steps at the north end, continuing priming door gear parts and wire brushing,cleaning off  and priming the north end wheel discs and axles.
Sun 15th – Plate oiling Sadler House.
Mon 16th Tamping Newbridge
Tuesday 17th Regulate Newbridge, Wagon work.
Wed 18th
Thurs 19th Regulate Farworth, Tamp and Regulate Summit.
Sun 29th March – Plate oiling Sadler House.

Midweek – Tues – Wagon work

Coles 15T crane
Richard has assembled and fitted one full set  of brake rigging.  This then enabled him to test whether BR1 brake shoes and blocks would fit in the space available. They do –  but require a slight shoe modification. One shoe was thus bench modified and fitted, together with an R1 block.
As Rod was not working in the engine compartment today, Nick cleaned off the crane rope  anchor frame and bracing, that had been needle gunned some time ago, and given it a coat of primer.  Still deliberating whether to gloss paint it black or yellow. It’s had both previously.
 Thursday – Siding down the outside ofthe shed lifted and stripped today prior to Stabling point developments. Untampable areas of the Newbridge relay Kango packed and old screw holes filled with wood plugs.
No wagon work on friday.
Sunday 5th April – Work for this Sunday will be at New Bridge working on the shed light fittings, other yard duties as required, and if sufficient work force, fishplate oiling at 20 ¼ MP.

Midweek – Wagon works.

Steve spent the day energetically chiselling off the rock hard grease on the door bevel gear at the north end. As a result, the door wheels rotate much easier now. Gears left stewing in duck oil until next week for final clean off and application of new grease.
Coles 15T crane
Itching for a quick look before his next allotted task – Steve also took off an electrical panel cover and his opinion is that the contacts are not too bad – just a light clean required on some.
Nick continued with the undercoating of the framework for the jib cables –decided to go for yellow this time.
Also continued with the painting of the rear end – Thinks he now has the measure of the stripes, a task started but abandoned a couple of years ago as we had more pressing things to do. It’s uncompleted state has annoyed him ever since.
Plasser crane
Just awaiting the lifting and load test now, though Neil has today investigated an oil leak underneath,near the battery box. Not engine related, but a perished return hydraulic oil pipe from the filters to the pump. It is over 15 foot long.
 The replacement 17 1/2 mile post is now in first coat undercoat.
Sun – 12th – Plate Oiling at 20 1/4mp. Well and truly rained off.

Tues – 14th – Wagon work –

Seacow 667
Steve  has completed the cleaning out of the door mechanism bevel gears and given them a coat of the correct grease. He has been rewarded with a new set of high –viz overalls  and a ‘generous ‘sized high viz T-shirt.
Coles 15T crane
Rod ,assisted by Neil, has refitted the radiator on it’s new mountings and charged it with anti-freeze and coolant, the oil,air and fuel filters have been changed, the fuel pump has been de-gunked ( it was horrible inside) and a new fan belt fitted.
Steve has checked over the electrics – as far as can be done without starting it up.
Talking of starting up – all it needs is a stop solenoid fitting next week and the modified sump plug fitted ( once it is back from Pirtek), filled with oil and a new battery fitted and it can be engine tested.
Richard K modified another cast brake shoe and this was successfully mated with an  R1 brake block. Thus one pair of wheels now has a fully installed set of modified brake gear. The stage is now set for a successful modification of the other three sets.
Steve and Nick have  needle gunned, disc sanded and primer painted  all the off side roof panels and the intact front panels removed on Sunday last and more painting has been done on the cab sides and rear framework.
Sun – 19th – Plate Oiling at 20 1/4mp.
Tues – 21st –  Coles 15T craneRefurbished sump plug refitted and engine refilled with oil. Stop solenoid fitted and the new 12V battery wired in to the key starter. Not successful in starting the engine, today as hoped. Sounds like it is nearly there. I’m not sure of the technicalities, but Rod and Richard seem confident of a solution for next time. Something to do with the wiring and contacts.Richard  continued with re-fitting the brake system.Nick carried on with cleaning off and painting front and roof panels, i.e. those that do not need new sheeting welded in.Air Test Cart Steve spent the day removing all the constituent parts, in preparation for refurbishing the chassis. Some parts were easier to remove than others, judging by the steady steam of invective.  Richard is now going to prepare a design for it’s new purpose of testing wagon and track plant braking systems.SEACOW 667Signwriting -maintenance and operational detail applied to the east side.Freightliner CabooseTimber extracted and added to the shed stock.Note – 10 new Seacow door hinge pins have been delivered from the MPD. They certainly look impressive.Sunday 3rd – Yard work stripping sleepers. Plate oiling cancelled due to rain.
Friday May 8th – Work on Coles crane.
Sunday 10th – Work for this Sunday will be fishplate oiling at MP 20 ¾. Evening tamp and regulate at Br 10.
Tamping sessions Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.
Tuesday 12th – Steve working on Air Cart and Coles.
Friday 15th – No work as BB and NC off.
Sunday 17th – Plate oiling at 20 3/4mp
Tues 19th – Work on Coles, Rudd and Air Test Cart.
Friday 22nd – Site Survey wheelout carried out for Kingthorpe relay site.
Sun 24th – Plate Oiling South of Goathland.
Tues 26th –
Fri 29th –  First a walk through of the shed as a safety tour.

Then parts collected for potential use in the test cart. An assembly station for it has been set up on the bench.

More work on the Coles crane, cleaning out fittings and further yellow gloss painting.
We also made a start on de-cluttering the shed floor .
Potential items for scrap will be at the front of the shed on Tuesday next, ready for  final review.
Sun 31st – Plate Oiling South of Goathland.

Tues 2nd June – Site meeting with Ian Wallis regarding work on the sleeper hut by Junior Volunteers on 13th June. Discussed likely work to be undertaken and supply of necessary materials etc.

 Good team effort all round today:-
Rickard K has air tested all the gauges picked as being suitable for the test cart. They all move in unison with the compressor gauge so it augers well for testing against a master gauge and subsequent use. He raided various boxes of air fittings and as a result has significantly reduced the list of outstanding items needed for completion of the cart. We found plenty of small bore hose , but we could do with a couple of meters of 19 mm air hose, similar to the new rain strip down comers on  tamper 73250.
Rod Smith has completed the installation of the replacement floor plate in the cab of the Coles crane and  started cutting material ready for repairing the engine compartment framework. He has also sourced material  and  made and fitted two skids for the test cart as well as bolting the new handles into place. Amazing what you can do with redundant 45T crane lighting conduit and redundant tramway control gear parts from the RUDD!
NC cleaned down the external wheel discs of one Seacow bogie. This proved that the paint was sound and thus not needing any additional work. Minor cab front parts for the Coles Crane needle  gunned and primed and further gloss paint applied to the rear buffer beam.
All relevant bolts on the vacuum cylinder of PLATE wagon B 934281 given a dose of penetrating oil.
Test cart new metal work now in red metal primer.
The whole team looked at the RUDD door skins again , after cleaning it to bare metal and confirming it is 3.8mm ( 4 mm). The collective opinion is that, taking materials time and labour into the cost equation, and the increased weight of thicker plate,it is deemed preferable to have the panels delivered pre-cut.
Amy and Paul from the Wilf Ward Trust  continued with refurbishing site pegs. Now well onto the second tranche recovered from Levisham straight recently.
Fri 5th –
Sun 7th – Fishplate oiling and Pandrol clip replacement at Goathland under the charge of Neal Purseglove.

Tues 9th – Another very busy and productive day.

 PLATE wagon B 934281 now has a new south end vacuum hose. The vacuum piston guard, removed last week, is now up to undercoat stage.
 Coles 15T crane – Rod Smith has continued with welding in new support structures for the bodywork panelling. The previously deck paint covered off side ( to cab) roof panels have been drilled and bolted into place, principally to gauge the correct locations for the new cross supports. The repairs to the front panels and light fittings are to be tackled next week.
Ballast Regulator – Steve O’Connell has assessed and categorised  the B-MAC light clusters . The worst front headlight on the regulator has been dismantled along with the separate red light fitting, and the wiring looked at. He has devised a fitting plan and will trial fit one for starters,once a new mounting bracket has been made.
Richard K continued with sorting out the parts for the air brake test cart. Ian Foot and Clive Goult were in attendance next door looking at the K4 2-6-0 today, so I have made the necessary introductions to Richard . This produced some answers to the outstanding technical questions on test gauges for example. We now have an approved scheme. As a result, Clive has taken away the big master gauge for calibration and return to us, so that we can assess our own gauges in future.
Capitalising on the good work in shed clearing out earlier in the week, I have sorted through some residual stuff and relocated the fitters bench to its new permanent home alongside the compressor. Miscellaneous tools also tidied up into trays. This paid dividends as we found more parts suitable for the air cart.  Various crane parts and the air cart chassis received further coats of paint.
WWF Trust continued with site pegs. Many now completed and bundled up into units of sixteen on top of the east wall racking.
Fri 12th – Wagon work.
Sun 14th – Fishplate oiling at Goathland.
Fri 19th – The Freightliner caboose has now been completely emptied by BB and NC , ready for the forthcoming lift . The material was carefully sorted for retention or scrap and everything of use suitably stowed away in either the main shed or the green hut.
The Coles/Grove spares (such as they are) that came with the 15T crane are now in the grey tool box in the shed, along with a copy of JH’s spares update list (2011) for this machine.
Ken Brown and colleague turned up today to accurately measure up the LOWMAC for the steel work estimate calculation. Dealt with by BB.
Richard K progressing with the air cart fitting out. All the gauges were air tested and proved to be OK. Martyn handed over a band-it machine of the right calibre along with the necessary fittings, only for it to disintegrate on test unfortunately.
The tamper test rig backing board has been machine cut to size for the air cart and is now a homework project for NC involving tidying up and re-varnishing.  Mounting brackets were prepared for the new brake controller for the cart and suitable odd sized long bolts found eventually for fixing it to the frame.
BB also fitted the west side new rear roof corner panel to the crane and NC painted more parts.
Sun 21st – Plate oiling at Goathland.
Duncan and  Gerry working at Newbridge today. Duncan got on with repairs to roof in tower cab of 250 removing radio telephone box, taking down ceiling insulation, welding up the holes and needlegunning the paint off.

Gerry set about removing the tamping tools from 214 in preparation to remove the banks. Some of them took a bit of getting out and by the end of the day he had removed six from the RH bank, the last two will need heat. Also removed the rest of the lifting frame and placed by the side of the machine.

Tues 23rd –

PLATE wagon B934281 . Brake cylinder linkage safety guard refitted. This completes the outstanding work on this wagon.
Air Brake Test Cart  – more  work on the fitting out today, which has including mountings for the brake controller and the train air pipe connection. The backing board for the three gauges is now back after re-varnishing and cleaning, following its slight trimming to fit.
Coles 15T crane – fibre glass and filler applications made to the holes in the cab. Fuel tank steam cleaned again and more sediment extracted until the run off ran clear. Tank then part filled with clean diesel to flush, which was then filtered and put back in again. Fuel pump cleaned again. System tested to check that fuel was getting through – it is. The battery, after being on charge, gave up after two attempts to fire up. The team is not despondent and will try again next week.
Seacow – North end wheel sets (outer discs ) cleaned off to check that the paint layer is sound. It is, so no further action required.
Trolley loaded the other Sunday with donated nuts and bolts. More of this has been catalogued ready to put on the inventory and has been added to the  racking . The rest (mixed fastenings largely) has been put on the floor to await such action in the near future. . There were a few bags of Plasser spares which have been put on the racking at the back.
 Amy and Paul (Wilf Ward Trust) have completed the refurbishing of the site pegs ( 192 in total) . Moving on to the screened cable, they are now just about half way through measuring, coiling and labelling up the pile of screened cable on the mezzanine floor.
FRi 26th – Wagon work.
Sun 28th – Plate oiling Goathland.

Tues 30th –

The SHARK now sports a set of correct period OHL warning flashes.
 SEACOW DB 982667 north end bogie wheels now completed in black gloss.
 The Air Brake Test Cart Test cart brake control unit is now permanently fixed in place.
 Rod Smith dealt with a broken bleed screw on the Coles 15T Crane.Looks like it was fractured a long time ago.   Unable to source a replacement locally in Pickering, so he set to and made one. Crane fuel starvation problems still apparent and thus still being investigated.
 RUDD – the one door that is being retained has been needle gunned in preparation for repainting.
 Amy & Paul from the Wilf Ward Trust have completed sorting and labelling the screened cable on the mezzanine floor.
Fri 3rd July – Wagon work.
Sun 5th – Plate oiling Goathland.
Tues 7th –  Air Brake Test cart –  is now starting to sport some of it’s new permanent fittings, including the external train pipe and an inset air pressure gauge . Richard has made sure that the brake pipe is correctly ‘handed ‘ to connect to the air pipe on a wagon, without twisting. The ‘miscellaneous metal work ‘ stockpile behind the brown cupboard has been re-sorted and generally tidied up, creating a bit more space. It is now easier to select requirements.Coles 15 T crane – Steve has sanded down all the recent filler and fibreglass applications in the cab area and these have now received a first application of undercoat. The front buffer beam has now received a first coat of gloss. The underside of the angled hood for the rope  is now in grey gloss .Not such good progress on the engine unfortunately,despite best efforts. Perversely, the battery endured many attempts to start the engine, without any apparent diminution of energy.Rod’s many investigations have proved that fuel was getting to the pump and that all lines were clear. It did not make any difference in whatever position the throttle or solenoid were in. The collective conclusion of all present today, is that  something has failed or got blocked in the pump itself.Amy & Paul have completed the measuring and bundling all the non –screened coloured wire upstairs and just about finished sorting all our boxes of assorted washers into trays of similar sizes.Esso tank wagon chassis grit blasted and spray painted this morning in New Bridge Yard.
Fri – 10th – Work on the Coles Crane continued.

Sun 12th – Plate Oiling Darnholm.

Work on the Tamper, Duncan, Graham, Peter and John in attendance.
 Graham also attended last Sunday and installed some PCB’s and wiring.
Duncan and Peter modified and fitted the 2 acquired brand new lift transducers, old ones removed for modification to retain on the machine as working spares.

Tues 14th – Steve was working on an improved fixing method for the Coles crane headlights. One recalcitrant stud has still not finally given up its hold. More next week.

Richard has attached  the new air reservoir to the test cart.
NC started  bolting down the sloping end planks on the Lowmac and also started cutting the centre planks to fit along with the packing pieces now required to fit with the new deeper section steel work.Slow going work as every piece is individual, or so it appears.
Fortunately a lot of this packing timber was almost to size, being offcuts from producing the end timbers previously.
Note that none of the centre section will be painted or fastened down until Jerry Hawley has carried out his assessment of the new steel fabrication work.
Amy and Paul applied protective bitumen type paint to the sides of the side  chutes on Seacow 667.
Nice to hear the higher engine revs from the Plasser crane, now that new fitter Harry has tweaked it. Apparently this was one of Martyn’s ‘test pieces’ for him. After showing Harry around our side of the depot, I told him our ‘test piece’ was fixing the lift action of the hydraulic lift trolley we use for vacuum cylinder changes.

Fri 17th

Richard pushed on with assembling the controls for the air cart. it now sports the 5 bar regulator and associated fittings. He also assisted new fitter Harry in eliminating potential faults from the fuel pump on the Coles crane.
Amazingly Harry could get inside the engine bay (just)  to get at the pump without removing the radiator and or draining the system. The suppleness of youth I guess.
Bryan and I spent the day on the LOWMAC EO :-
  • All the packing pieces for the new centre decking have now been made. Amazingly all of this came from off cuts which was correct in width and depth without further use of the plane. We have to strike lucky some times.
  • Both steel end plates are now permanently bolted down – some costs saved by using some of the new countersunk bolts received as a surprise gift by John L the other week ex Jarvis.
  • Some more of the end timber boards also permanently fixed. Four long timbers for the centre section were trimmed and shaped to fit though not bolted down . Another 19 still to do. It’s a slow job and generates a lot of sawdust in the process.
  • All the remaining side lashing rings disc- cut for scrap as they were badly wasted and cracked. They would have been hidden below the new deck height anyway.
Before we started,we had to pinch bar the Seacow down the shed the last couple of yards, to re-create a walk way through to the centre aisle. The new Kubota 360 has arrived and part of its insurance conditions is that it is kept under cover. It is – at the front of the shed (just), hence the chronic lack of space currently.
After discussions with Martyn this morning, we have agreed to complete the  LOWMAC as a priority, thus creating a working space at the front of the shed for our new fitter, and a comfortable parking space for the Kubota.
The second priority will be to empty the Mess & Tool van (after all the green hut spares have been sorted) in preparation for it to go out into the yard under sheeting,thus making permanent space on the pit road for the tamper.
Various tools repaired and sorted today. Ready use tools and the red tool box, are now on a wheeled tool trolley thus hopefully cutting down tool searching time.
Sun 19th – Plate Oiling around MP 21 1/4.

Tues 21st –  Richard assembled and fitted the former Jarvis workshop three-gauge instrument  board and associated fittings to the air test cart. This job is now potentially slowing up whilst we await delivery of the order of parts from Ryedale brakes.Steve succeeded in removing the obstinate front light fitting stud from the Coles crane,a ‘left over’ from last week. Buoyed up with this success he then freed off the stuck brake pedal in the cab, in between helping Harry start up the engine.Yes, that’s right first there was light smoke then a healthy roar. Champagne perhaps next week?Steve also fitted a new flexible gutter to the rear of the cab, to help overcome a previous source of corrosion due to water ingress.Nick drilled all the LOWMAC packing pieces and cut to fit more main deck planks – up to number 8/ 23.Amy and Paul, after finishing off the application of bitumen paint to the Seacow side chute inner walls, cracked on with wood preserver treating the packing pieces and the prepared long planks for the LOWMAC.

More stuff ex-the green hut , but now temporarily in wheel barrows and on trolleys, was catalogued and stored. Nick & Steve finished of the day by sorting and rationalising the timber stores at the back of the shed, creating more clear space in the centre aisle..

Fri 24th – Bryan has today refitted the angled hood to the back of the roof of the Coles crane and prepared the site for refitting the splasher alongside. He also cut a new piece of rectangular metal for the front of the roof – the flat piece that was badly tin wormed, as well as cleaning off and priming the surviving uprights,in this area.

 The consolidation of the timber storage at the rear of the depot has been completed. A nice  cabinet- made box discovered down at the back has been emptied of its tools and is now reserved for the air brake cart master test gauge, when we get it back from the MPD, after calibration.
The air brake test cart now sports a set of quality rubber end stops on the handles, courtesy of the legs of an old tripod that my eldest daughter handed over for the scrap drive. They fitted perfectly! There were two plastic end stops with the bike handle tape that I got from Halfords, but being metric, they were slightly too big for the imperial lighting conduit we used for handles.
LOWMAC EO – the centre timbers up to number 11/ 23 now cut to fit plus numbers 22 & 23 from the other end.
One wheel barrow full of spares and fixings from the green shed now catalogued and sorted upstairs.
Harry is going to discuss with us, on Tuesday, as to what needs cutting out before replacing and welding on the SEACOW hopper. This work to be tackled as and when it fits in with Martyn’s planned work programme for him of course. The master plan is to have the wagon ready for the end of the running season,one ay or another .
(All we need is a working test cart, maybe an overhauled distributor, 5 re-skinned doors and  some new steel plate for the hopper repairs. Everything else we have in stock. )
Martyn is to pick up the two new lengths of vacuum pipe for the WELTROL & RUDD from C & W next week, by rail, as they are too long for the road van.
Sun 26th – BB worked on fastening down all timbers on the Lowmac ramps.
Fishplate oiling between Goathland and Darnholm.

Tues 28th – Started on a high as Steve O’Connell had been tasked to offer advice to Harry to help sort out a historical and persistent problem – the overload bell constantly ringing as soon as the ignition of the Coles crane was switched on. Steve sorted it in about three minutes flat, probably because it is a lot less complex than avionics, his professional specialisation. One gold star to Steve. By contrast, he spent the rest of the day trying to dismantle the footbrake piston. More to do on this next week.

Richard K has been adding more air pipes and fittings, including a baffle, to our test cart. He has now gone just about as far as he can go with this project, until the balance of the parts order arrives from Ryedale Brakes.
He estimates that there is only about one more day’s work left to do, to complete it.
NC cut more deck timbers to fit the LOWMAC, these being numbers 17-22, leaving just five more to do, including the ‘adjustment’ centre board. Most of the central section of the external east side has now been gloss painted, to enable sign writing to commence next time.
Amy & Paul continued with the wood treatment of those timbers so far cut to fit.
Harry has made a detailed assessment,which included exploratory drilling,  of all the wasted areas on SEACOW 667 and found a couple of additional wasted areas. The good news is that there are no surprises and it is quite within his technical capabilities to repair.
Pillar drill by Harry’s bench now uprooted in preparation for the transfer of the bigger one from further down the shed.

Fri 31st – Firstly a mess room discussion on SLI and Wyllie boxes – in other words a post mortem on why the SLI does not work on the Coles crane test earlier in the week.  Martyn and Harry have their theories, and Harry is keen to share these with any potential experts that may turn up next Tuesday.

A bit of a novelty today as initially we were tasked with repairing a railway field gate, ex Hunting Bridge. Garage clear out material, donated some time ago, in the shape of two T piece brackets, helped with the task.
Now that Jerry Hawley has inspected the LOWMAC steel work, it is now ‘pull out all the stops’ time to get this wagon finished and out of the way to create some room in the shed , both for our plant fitter and the new excavator.
All remaining decking timbers, other than the ‘adjustment’ centre one, have now been cut and trimmed to fit. These are now stacked alongside ready for wood treatment next week.
All the new nuts and bolts have received a coat of metal primer and all the previously prepared under surfaces of the new steel work are now in grey undercoat.
I see it now as five sessions to complete: one day to complete the grey undercoat and wood treatment, one day to apply the chassis black top coat, one day to affix all the boards and cut the adjustment board, one day to renew the vacuum pipe and a day to sign write.
Sun 2nd August – Fishplate oiling from bridge 29 northwards.
Work on Tamper(s), Duncan, Gerry, Graham, Peter and John in attendance.
 Duncan gave the tower roof another coat of red-oxide on 73250, then went to help Gerry and Peter removing the Tamping Tools from 73214 in readiness for the Tamping Unit transplant to 73250. All but two awkward Tamping Tools removed from 73214 despite lots of heat and hammering.
Graham and John stuck in the Tower cab of 73250 again, doing some wiring, then some more wiring and then even more wiring….

Tues 4th –  Richard has added yet more bits to the air brake test cart, which now also sports a guard grill over the pressure gauges, to prevent accidental damage from heavy air hose ends. This was adapted from a redundant guard on the old Plasser crane engine.Less than half a days worth of work to do now, when the Ryedale brake parts arrive that is, then we can blow air through it for an integrity test before coupling it up to the SEACOW.

Steve serviced the door locking pin mechanisms of the Coles crane engine bay doors. One had seized and the others were rather geriatric in operation. He has also continued on with extracting the seized footbrake unit , some parts of it are now freed off,with a bit more still to do.

Amy & Paul have completed the grey undercoating of the LOWMAC centre section steel work . Not an easy job as this involved bending extremely low to ensure that the underside of the  girders have been painted.

They also gave more new timbers  the wood preserver treatment.

NC undercoated the external frame steelwork new bolts and completed just about all of the signwriting of the east side – using the 1962 Millerhill yard photograph of this particular wagon found in a recent LNER wagon book by Bryan, as a guide.

More green shed stores sorted.

The underside of the skates for tamper 73250 have been painted in signal red gloss, to finish off Duncan’s work on these from last weekend.

Fri 7th – LOWMAC 217315

  • The outstanding boards on the ramped ends have now been permanently fastened down, following final painting of the new fixing bolts in the corners underneath .
  • Half of the new centre section boards have today been drilled and trial fitted and were  then stacked up on one end, to allow a start to be made on the final coat of chassis black gloss.
  • Both external sides have now received their final freight brown gloss coat, thus clearing the way for the fitting of the new vacuum pipe.
Tamper 73250
  • The skates on the bench have now received a second top coat of signal red on one face.
SEACOW 982667
Harry has made a cracking start on burning out the corroded metal in the north end half of the hopper. He thinks that the three sheets we have in stock will suffice for all the small  bits that need replacing.

Sun 9th – PW Work for this Sunday will be fishplate oiling north from MP 21 ¾.

Gerry, Peter, Duncan Richard C and John L.
Peter moved some parts to the mez floor, and brought down heavy parts to store elsewhere to remove weight, every vehicle on the west workshop road was shunted outside for removal of more scrap.
Duncan and Alistair took some brake pipes to Grosmont for threading for the LOWMAC, after eventually finding a half decent die and threading the pipes, he returned to Newbridge to fit the items.
Gerry continued to remove parts from 73214 for the Tamping Unit Transplant. The (new) hydraulic tamping tool extractor was put into use after finding a compatible hydraulic hand pump and filling with oil, both awkward remaining tamping tools admitted defeat and finally came out without much arguing.
Richard C and myself back in the Tower cab, more Computer wiring. Now the new laminated A1 drawing is available, it does make things easier. After a quick cup of tea in the afternoon, it was decided to power up the system and see if it actually talked to the lining and front crosslevel system.
To our surprise it all worked with correct movement of the lining galvo and the front mirelli motors without errors/bugs, the various home made PCB’s appear to function very well. This certainly lifted spirits as I feel we may now be only 4 weekends away from completion and ready for full calibration and commissioning.

Tues 11th – A lot of significant progress today:-

Steve O’Connell successfully extracted the sticking Coles crane brake pedal and cylinder. He took it apart on the bench and discovered that the return springs were gunged up and seized. All cleaned off ,re -assembled and now back on the crane and working.
Rod Smith fully refreshed after a holiday break has started shaping and fabricating a new  front panel for the Coles crane, which incorporates the driver’s offside headlight housing.
Richard K incorporated the recently delivered Ryedale Brakes parts order onto the air brake test cart. He then connected it up to the compressor for a trial. All OK with no leaks. We then wheeled it to SEACOW 667 and coupled up. The air brake system charged up nicely, only to return to zero after the compressor was switched out. A walk round the wagon revealed that the drain cock for the air reservoir has a handle in the reverse position, i.e in –line is closed. We were dumping all the air as soon as it was created. Sorting that out, revealed no more air problems.
After fully charging up the system, we were able to apply the brakes and release with ease. The new distributor that we got from the MPD obviously works quite well,no doubt helped by the care and attention that Richard has taken over the wagon brake overhaul.
Everything now needs calibrating and then it will be time to carry out a full performance test on the wagon, but it is looking good so far. One minor leak on a union above the overhauled brake piston, but that is to be expected.
Nick fitted the centre boards of the LOWMAC numbered 1-3, completed the chassis black gloss painting to the middle of the wagon, touched up the lettering on the east side and made a start on the lettering on the west side.
Two or three more sessions should finish this wagon off now , then able to garage the new 360 excavator properly.
Charlie ( from C &W ) came down and PAT tested what he could find and what I dragged out of cupboards for him. It helped that I pointed him in the direction of Neil’s old PAT test folder , as he was making out a new one. 
Harry has been continuing with cutting out wasted metal in the north end hopper of the SEACOW.
Wed 12th – The pressure vessel inspector came today and passed the Plasser crane, the tamper and the Coles crane air receivers as fit to use.

Sun 16th – PW Work for this Sunday will be fish plate oiling north of bridge 30.

In attendance at Newbridge was Graham, Duncan, Peter and Gerry.

Graham got on with some more wiring and his report is below.

Duncan first sealed threads and fitted VAC brake pipe to Lowmac which now just needs brackets sorting out. He then joined Peter and myself on 214 removing parts in preparation to remove the banks.

All hoses and LH motor now remove into store. Both hydraulic bank raise and lower valves and control arms removed, lift and lower switches removed along with striking plates.

Two out of four set bolts removed out of guide bars, one started to come out but then went tight and the other could not be moved at all. Peter is going to try and borrow a flogging spanner from MPD so we will try again next week. Also we don’t have any large allen key’s for bottom plate bolts.

Peter is asking Harry today to see if we can get some key’s and also to contact Pirtek for fittings to go on cab support valve.

Tues 18th

Just Richard K and Nick in today.
Using the soapy water technique Richard successfully sorted out all the minor commissioning leaks on the air brake test cart.
He then turned his attention to the major leak on the air brake cylinder of the SEACOW, identified last week when it was first charged up from the newly completed cart.
Fortunately that leak turned out to be no more than a finger tight union, left over from when the overhauled brake cylinder was replaced earlier in the year.
The cart is now deemed complete other than gauge calibration and fitting of additional controls labelling ( labelling to match the current ones is in hand).
Harry kindly applied some heat to LOWMAC E217315 vacuum pipe brackets to make them a better fit with the new vacuum pipe. After bolting up they were cleaned off and metal primed along with the refitted pipe connectors.
The pipe itself has been undercoated and the wagon lettering completed on the west side.
Nick spent some time on timber treating and chassis gloss black painting, to prepare the way for more boards to be bolted down on Friday.
Harry has also today manufactured an Allen key tool for the tamper  and burnt out more wasted steelwork form the north end hopper of the SEACOW, including burning out of the rivets on the north end sloping sides to extract the wasted end sheets. The new sheets will be welded through the holes, similar to previous BR era repairs on some of these wagons.
The RBS overhauled air brake distributors were delivered to New Bridge today. They arrived in a nice CKD type pallet crate which I propose to use to keep the two spare distributors in until we need them. It will then be useful for the next batch for overhaul – whenever we get round to that.
Fri 21st – The certified master gauge for the air brake test cart has now been received from the MPD. We have a suitable cabinet made box for it.
The steel sheet and square tube for the tamper door repairs has arrived as has the strip for the RUDD door repairs.
Door steel work to follow shortly, presumably it is just held up for cutting to size.
Kieran from C & W brought us the fruits of a recent tidy up in the carriage works; a load of air brake hoses.
Richard – One at least has a shraeder test valve on it  and this example is now on the air brake bench for your perusal.
Today Bryan and Nick pressed on with the LOWMAC EO refurbishment. Still on course for completion by end of next week.
All the previously treated centre section timbers have been fitted and all remaining untreated centre timbers have been drilled and trial fitted, including the centre adjustment piece.
Now stacked up ready for timber treatment on Tuesday next.
The last sections of the of the new steel work have been given  a coat of chassis black gloss.
The underside of the side girders has been wire brushed and metal primed – somehow missed before. Has to be done by hand as you cannot get power tools into the space.
All remaining lettering completed including the maintenance panels and the new vacuum pipe and brackets have been given a freight brown gloss coat.
Harry continued working on SEACOW 667 this morning. All the steel work for replacement in the north end hopper is now burnt out.
This has opened up some additional ,though not large, areas for preparing and application of anti corrosion paintwork,which will be tackled before Harry,shortly,  starts putting new metal back in.
Tues 25th – Steve took a disc cutter to the edge of the Coles crane door today to investigate a minor rot problem. The outer skin has now been sanded down to bare metal and prepared for a fibreglass repair. It has had a filler repair before at some time.
Rod has been cutting and welding metal in continuation of his work on the new offside light housing panel. In collaboration with Steve he has made a permanent fixing for the headlight, a system of fastening which will be replicated on the drivers side, in due course.
Harry has brazed the end for the dummy for the end of the air pipe under test. He has also completed the steel work ( started by Neil) for the second rail head scraper for the regulator.
Nick completed the timber treatment for the centre section of LOWMAC E217315. All the timbers have now been bolted down, all outstanding paintwork completed and the maintenance panel suitably notated. As far as we are concerned, this wagon is now complete  and can be removed from the depot.  A C & W examination is required and Harry is going to check the axle boxes for the routine PE/DO.
SEACOW 667  Now that we know where the ‘hot spots’ are going to be for welding in new material, it has enabled me to push on with, for a spare hour at the end of the day, the application of olive drab gloss paint to the unaffected areas. Over half the surface area of the wagon has now been covered.

Fri 28th – Bryan marked and drilled support bracket holes and other wise prepared the chassis of the RUDD ready to receive a new vacuum through pipe. The pre-cut new steel door sheets have arrived for this wagon.

Nick cut and assembled the rubber inserts for the new rail top scraper for the east side of the ballast regulator and then fitted the new unit.  Also olive drab glossed more of the side sheets of SEACOW 667.
The air brake test cart has had some of its black schematic  flow lines painted onto the console. More to do next week, hopefully we will have the new plastic inscribed control labels by then.
Bryan and I also sorted out a few boxes of miscellaneous fittings from the green shed. One or two good finds within. We don’t seem to be winning with this task, as more boxes keep appearing on the floor of the shed.

Sun 30th – Work for this Sunday will be fishplate oiling at MP 22 ¼.Tues 1st Sept – As requested, Rod has refitted the missing throttle linkage to the Coles 10T crane. Some spare parts to hand are probably from the old Plasser crane engine, working on a mix and match basis.

He has also, with assistance from Steve,  completed the remaking of the front end panel on the Coles 15T crane and started the preparation work for both painting it and fitting it into place.
Steve also carried out more work and priming on the driver’s door and door handle.
Richard K adjusted the air reservoir on SEACOW 667 so that the drain is now vertical and reversed the handle so that it now correctly indicates on or off. Rest of the day spent with soapy water and brush identifying and curing air leaks in the brake system, utilising the test cart to its full potential. Note that all tests carried out so far, have been with the distributor isolated.
The leaks giving most rouble were with the rubber seals in the ends of the brake pipe and end dummy.                   A clean up, partial replacement and application of some copper slip got us by this time. We have used up our small stock of new seals on the tamper and regulator hoses this year, and are thus reliant , at the moment ,on our stock of second hand components.
Nick carried out some more sign writing on SEACOW 667 (west side) and the air test cart,  sorted out a lot of rotten boxes and mouse chewed sacks of stuff from the green shed and applied cream undercoat (first coat) to  the cab interior of the Coles 15T crane.
John L attended Newbridge today to carry out “Day 1” training for Harry.
 Also, Richard K attended for a while to see the various brake system parts, it looks like the Tamper already has the required Brake Pressure Test Points available, so Richard K will hopefully look at pipes and fittings required to connect to the new test cart.
As it is some time since the machine was started up, today went quite well. The machine was driven onto the LOCO pit to show Harry the various underside components, the machine was then driven back into the yard for all trolleys to be deployed, clamp units deployed etc. Working Drive used, Chassis supports working again, but requires a couple of hose swaps as the lever works in reverse. Vibration switched on and tamping units used.
It looks like Harry is a natural operator as he got the clamps correctly onto the rails every time during practice!
Machine then self propelled back into the workshop. Harry was keen to talk about serviceable parts from 73214, and a good suggestion that both brake cylinders are removed and the KE valve removed for refurbishment, then to be fitted to 73250 with in-date certs.
I am led to believe plans are for Tamping in November, so need to complete ALC fitting very soon and get the machine into working condition again.
I attended Newbridge today to carry out “Day 1” training for Harry.
Also, Richard K attended for a while to see the various brake system parts, it looks like the Tamper already has the required Brake Pressure Test Points available, so Richard K will hopefully look at pipes and fittings required to connect to the new test cart.
As it is some time since the machine was started up, today went quite well. The machine was driven onto the LOCO pit to show Harry the various underside components, the machine was then driven back into the yard for all trolleys to be deployed, clamp units deployed etc. Working Drive used, Chassis supports working again, but requires a couple of hose swaps as the lever works in reverse. Vibration switched on and tamping units used.
It looks like Harry is a natural operator as he got the clamps correctly onto the rails every time during practice!
Machine then self propelled back into the workshop. Harry was keen to talk about serviceable parts from 73214, and a good suggestion that both brake cylinders are removed and the KE valve removed for refurbishment, then to be fitted to 73250 with in-date certs.
I am looking at attending this coming Sunday to move on the ALC fitting, despite it is an F1 weekend, I do prefer the BBC highlights early evening compared to Sky crappy live coverage (besides, Maclaren are a joke now with Honda).
I am led to believe plans are for Tamping in November, so need to complete ALC fitting very soon and get the machine into working condition again.
Sun 6th – PW work for this Sunday will be based at New Bridge Yard.

Tues 8th – Richard K leak tested the test cart today, with impressive results. Basically, it does not leak air when charged up. It now sports its full set of new engraved labelling.

The cart was then used to fine tune parts of the braking system on SEACOW 667, after the SAB load adjuster had been dismantled to see how it functioned. (We have no maintenance manuals).
Various sliding parts and pins were greased as part of the fine tuning, made all the more easier to get at since the rotten plate work was cut out from the south end.
NC applied sign writing to the west side and needle gunned, brushed and applied red primer to the various exposed parts of the chassis of the north end hopper , that can be reached, that will shortly be covered in new plate work.
Steve and Rod worked on the Coles 15T crane, sanding and priming the new steel work panel for the front of the engine compartment, undertaking an initial fibre glass application to holes in the cab door and sorting out the loose corner panel beside the cab steps. This plate was loose due to a broken bracket and a failed weld. Rod has repositioned a bracket and made a stiffening corner piece , which has then been bolted to the framework. This has restored the rigidity that was missing from this corner.
They also spent some time looking into a method of improving the security of the set screw fastenings for the lower side panels.
 Martyn, Darren and Mark unloading a delivery of new 60 foot rails with the Plasser 12T hydraulic crane. Started first time and no issues. Nuff said!

 Fri 11th –

Bryan and Nick in attendance today.
RUDD – an RBS- overhauled air brake distributor has ben refitted. We know it came from the RUDD originally, as even though it is a standard P4 fitting, there is a reducer piece in one of the unions which marries up with a reduced size pipe run on the wagon.
We then coupled it up to the air brake test cart and listened to the harmonics coming from underneath. All appears to be air tight apart from a major leak in the handle part of the casting of the air hose on the south end. We left it at that for now, as it’s not urgent . I’ve chalked it up on the wagon.
Bryan noted that there was a missing handle on the drain valve on the air reservoir , so promptly fitted a new spare from the new EMU construction parts we acquired from York carriage works.
One of the brake release chain linkage sets ( west side) was missing and I seem to recall it was replaced with a string before we acquired it.  At some stage it needs a new one making to the same pattern as the one on the other side. Bryan reckons its round bar of 1/4 inch in diameter. Do we have anything like this in stock anywhere?
On our hands and knees, we sorted through all the ‘green hut’ stores that were left on the big trolley. These have now been boxed and stored away. The trolley now holds the sixth door from SEACOW  667 and is reserved to take the others on their (hopefully) soon to be expected return.
SEACOW 667 – more signwriting completed on the west side. Only a tiny bit left to do when all the hopper steel work is completed.
Coles 15T crane – bit more metal primer preparation carried out on fittings. Discussed the proposed method of strengthening the set screw fastenings on the side panels with Bryan who is in agreement.

Sun 13th

Just Gerry and John L on Tamper’s today.
 73214, found a strong 17mm allen key in my van so all lower bank cap  bolts slackened off for bank removal, Gerry then continued to remove more parts, the bottom bolt to the LH front guide column still doesn’t want to part company .
 73250, back in both cabs wiring in the rear crosslevel circuit to the ALC computer, managed to complete the rear crosslevel completely. Gerry then came to help with testing.
 Computer powered up, rear pendulum reading correctly displays on the computer screen when manually offsetting rear pendulum, high rail selection displays on the screen. Computer then dialled up required cant to the rear cab new LED display and offsets the galvo, so all rear crosslevel system working perfect too!
Should be up next Sunday to hopefully complete lift and lining wiring, then just a bit of general control wiring to complete and tidying up. If all goes to plan, should be fully complete beginning of October so we can start calibration and training.

Tues 15th – 15t Coles crane.

Steve and Rod continued with painting the door, fitting the light assembly into the panel below the cab front window and fitting the rear large machine compartment access panel on the cab side.

Richard K refitted the two main brake linkage pins that have been binding and preventing the linkage fully retracting on release. This final release is needed should the SAB loaded and empty selection arm be required to locate into the empty position following discharge of the load. One pin has been shortened by 2mm to clear the vehicle frame and other pin freed by swapping positions of two identical designed slotted linkages. Brakes to be tested next week to assess these changes.
Harry has now begun to cut and weld into place some of the new smaller flat plates.

Fri 18th – No work planned, Nick and Bryan both otherwise occupied.
Sat 19th – Survey work at Kingthorpe.
Sun 20th – Plate oiling at Beck Hole. Track survey work at Kingthorpe.

Tues 22nd – Wagon work – Change of priority, Borail Stumec cranes.

The crane engines failed due to a disentergrated clutch.
Earlier in the week Harry had removed the beam complete with crane from the Borail and transported it to the shed.

Harry worked on stripping the gearbox, Steve and I removed and stripped the cable drum. New bearings are required for the cable drum.

We do have various parts for the gearbox and clutch mechanism.

Fri 25th – Following on from the earlier failure of the BORAIL crane , Bryan and I spent most of the day needle gunning, grit blasting ( in the cabinet ) or belt- sanding various parts and fittings. Unfortunately needle gunning revealed corrosion holes in the main support steel work . Harry inspected the other crane  of the pair – it is worse. Thus a coded welder contract job.

The grit blaster decided to play up at one stage , but Bryan fixed it with a new piece of air line.
All the prepared parts are being progressively moved to the painting bench on the east wall. Some received red metal primer today. Non –ferrous primer for the aluminium castings to follow next week.
Up to mid-afternoon, more painting work also carried out on the Coles 15T crane –  cab interior ( second cream undercoat) , cab side ( primer) and the cab door and new fabricated front panel ( second yellow undercoat) .
Then we shut up shop and went to Hunting Bridge to finish off the track  surveying work up to MP 8 1/2.
Sun 27th – Plate oiling at Beck Hole.

Tues 29th – Richard got as far as he wished for now in testing out the load adjuster on the SEACOW. Next step is to monitor this function in service.

He then had a look at the slack adjuster. Basically, it appears not to adjust slack. He is going to experiment with different parts of it next week to test it out. Hopefully it will not need to go away for overhaul as it is integral with a long rod that runs the full length of the wagon.
Richard and Steve have also replaced the P4 distributor on the Plasser crane with a RBS overhauled one and  removed the distributor and K valve from tamper 214 . All three removed parts are now in the packing case that the refurbished P4s came in.
Rod and Steve have fitted additional panelling to the Coles 15T crane ,sorted out a few ill fitting problems and hung the door.
We were joined today be Harry’s girlfriend Megan who has painted lots of crane parts. I gave the cab a coat of gloss cream and otherwise ran round after everybody keeping them in materials and sorting out ex-green shed stuff .
Duncan has been up today and completed the door repair on the tamper. It is now in red metal primer.
Wilf Ward Trust gaffer  arrived. New co-worker in tow. Paul will be back next tuesday.

Fri 2nd October – Nick spent all day with a paint brush or roller and Bryan spent all day leaning over the blast cabinet.

Tamper 73250:
  • Duncan’s refurbished door filler sanded off and a second coat of metal primer applied to both sides. The new waist panel section (both sides) will need another coat of primer as this is one coat behind the rest of the door, because of the filler application.
  • East side tower door frame given a coat of yellow undercoat.
  • The new tower roof panels were given a roller applied first coat of white top coat. This seems to cover quite well and I used less than I thought. Should be able to do most of the roof with the tin we have.
  • (John – can the panels behind up to the air ducts be sanded, touch primered and painted likewise? Seems a shame not to use the roller efficiently.) 
  • Spare skate (or is it the original for modification?) on the welding bench has been shot blasted.
 Coles 15T crane:
  • Further exterior panels and engine bay framework undercoated.
  • Cab interior foot well sanded and primed.
  • Second coat of yellow gloss applied to front buffer beam.
BORAIL Stumec crane parts:
  • Roller cradle shot blasted and partial primer application.
  • All other previously prepared parts given a coat of yellow undercoat.
Air brake test cart:
  • Final touching in of the paintwork of the schematic lines for the controls.

Sun 4th – Plate oiling at Beck Hole.

Fri 9th – Coles 15T Crane

Bryan and Rod have today refitted many panels :- including the splasher, the angled rope hood, many flat roof and corner panels and the large complex angled one that Rod had rebuilt earlier.
For good measure the seat base unit was refitted as well. The seat proper (if we can find it upstairs) will be fitted after the cab interior lower panels have been painted.
the crane decking has been cleared  of small fittings,which have been stored on the parts trolley alongside, in case it has to be moved outside next week, to allow the BORAIL in it’s place for crane frame painting.
Tamper 73250
Duncan’s rebuilt door now has had two coats of yellow undercoat on the outside face and one coat of grey undercoat on the inner.
Duncan – do we leave the gold cup top coat until after you have hung the door, or not ?
I also gloss painted the relevant door frame and prepared and spot red metal primered the next section of tamper roof. Most of the roof paint is very sound,fortunately. The rubber joining strip next to the ventilation trunking here has failed and the metal fixing strapping has burst most of its rivets so has been left unpainted for now.
Made a small start on grey undercoating the interior of the tower cab but ran out of time.
Duncan – can you leave the engine bay doors on the east side in the closed position please, for next time? I’ve started to clean up and prime the grey trunking run, but the rest is hidden behind the doors. 
Stumec crane
Following on from Harry/Megan’s work during the week, carried on with undercoating or glossing the various parts.

Sun 11th – Plate oiling Green End, Survey work Grosmont station P4

Tamper 73250  From John
Slow but some progress today, as I haven’t been on the machine for a month I forget where we get up to.
I re-did the lift signal wiring in the rear cab also spotted a wrong wire (Right was using wire 1, Left was using wire 2, but both wire’s 1 at the front) so corrected this.
I wired in the lining at the rear and re-did the front, as this 4 core cable only uses 2 wires (lining analogue signal and analogue earth) I used the other 2 wires for the lining 3 point switch (Digital Input), as 3 point is always switched on when using ALC, then cannot see an issue of crosstalk or emf by mixing these signals in the same cable.
The only bit of analogue wiring now is wire number 429 (as per large drawing 70u37) this is an existing Plasser wire but cannot find it in box 70 due to poor cable markings, however I have just dug out the enclosed which should point us in the right direction. Wire 429 should be on the 3rd row down of terminal strips (cable No 224, wire 429 should be the 3rd one along). So can try belling out in that area to find it.
Anyway, the good news, the ALC was powered up and a simulation measuring run revealed both lift transducer signals displaying a trace on the ALC screen, also same with the lining versine transducer displaying, also 3 point lining switch working on the digital inputs.
Again, nice to see things working with no real snags so far.
While it is in my head, jobs to do…
1. Wire in the preload pressure switch, cable is connected to the switch and is through the cab floor for box 70, just needs terminating to digital input channel 3.
2. PLC output digital to ALC input digital input channel 7 (post measurement pulse) spare wires already available in locations.
3. Buzzer/Warbler to be fitted to front cab operating panel and wired into digital OUTPUT channel 0 (this is to wake up the front operator 20m before the end of the job!).
4. Find and connect wire 429.
After the above, the actual computer is complete, just a bit more wiring required for the machine measuring run controls and bank auto slew (self tracking the middle feeler rods for measuring round curves).
Fri 16th – Richard completed his work with the slack adjuster on the SEACOW and has been sourcing and preparing fittings and a hanging cradle for our certificated  test gauge, so that it can be temporarily hung on the shed wall to test the air cart gauges.
Steve adapted some redundant commercial vacuum cleaner hose to enable it to be used as replacement  demister trunking for the Coles crane. This was threaded through the cab successfully and coupled up to the blower. Steve then had three separate attempts to make a replacement vent/spreader for the window end of the hose, utilising redundant plastic vacuum cleaner tools as the basis, but all eventually failed, resulting in an early declaration for afternoon tea.
Rod – what we now need , is a light metal fish-tailed spreader with a collar at the back to fit into the hose and a light touch craftsman to make one for us, please.
Trish and Paul from the Wilf Ward Trust pressed on with a multitude of painting jobs on the Stumec crane parts, RUDD vacuum pipe parts and spare Timken roller bearing covers. They were joined by new full time support worker Shaun, once Peter had completed his safety briefing induction.
Shaun had bought a new pair of safety boots and we found him a pair of new high viz overalls ( that fitted remarkably!) , though he had to face the usual jibes about  the provision of  sun glasses for the rest of us.
I have moved  the painting activity onto the LOWMAC floor, out of the way,  as the BORAIL is now where the Mess van used to be and Harry has been needle-gunning the fixed crane parts all day. The Mess van is outside pro tem.
I have given the east tower door frame of tamper 73250 its final coat of gloss yellow, so the door can now be hung, and prepared and primed the rest of the east side tin trunking face.
Other than that, I continued with preparing and painting bits of the Coles crane and the fixed crane parts of the BORAIL. There are on or two areas of the BORAIL’s chassis paint that need a bit of remedial work. Some preparation done and the rest will be easy to complete before the wagon’s cranes are refitted.
Sun 18th – Plate oiling  Green End – Esk Valley.
Tues 20th – Steve and Rod were today diverted  onto priority task one – refitting the strip lighting to the ceiling of the blue container. The thin corroded metal caused one or two problems along the way, for the welding operation. Unplanned holes then had to be waterproofed, but all was resolved in the end.
Richard completed the manufacture and fitting of the wall bracket to hold our calibrated test gauge when in use. This includes supports for the temporary connecting pipework,when testing gauges.
Shaun, Paul and Trish from the Wilf Ward Trust continued with painting Stumec crane parts and ,after treating minor corrosion, prepared and black gloss painted one side of the under frame of the BORAIL . Other side and ends to be tackled next week.
NC on Tamper 73250 –  the end roof section has now had a third ( and final) coat of white gloss . The next section has now been given a first coat of gloss. As this section has only been spot primed we might get away with only two coats. The new door has had a first coat of yellow gloss and the tin trunking a coat of grey undercoat.
Yesterday, mark jet-washed a lot of the Regulator. It looks a lot better as a result.
Thur 22nd – Slinging training at Newbridge 08-30 – 15-00.
5 volunteers passed the course. Nick Carter, Duncan Moore, Alistair Burton, Richard Kimber and Bryan Blundell.
Some electrical work on 73250 cutting in and enlarging a gland into a box and fitting Grease nipple to Coles Crane front panel.
Fri 23rd – Bryan and Nick in attendance. Spent the day servicing the ballast regulator  – greasing the blades, rams and pins  ready for winter operation.
Performed an engine and systems check . Fired first pull of the starter – obviously the batteries are still on top form despite the machine’s last service run in mid May.
After lunch, we knocked off one job on the ‘to do’ list. Using old conveyor belt,  specially kept back for just such a purpose,  we manufactured and fitted six new  brush box 200 mm long rear skirt extensions.
Measurements during previous operation suggest that this is the optimum length to significantly reduce back scatter of ballast from the drum.
I look forward to field trials with interest.
 Finally, some minor painting jobs carried out on Stumec crane parts and the BORAIL chassis , preparation work for next week.
Note: Harry prepared and shrink wrapped the spare motors for the Plasser crane. Suggested best left in the crate they came in, if we can find somewhere suitable to stack it.
Sun 25th – fish plate oiling at Esk Valley.
Graham and John on the Tamper today.
Graham tidied the ALC wiring in the lift and lining boxes in the rear cab, also heat-shrinked and terminated the cable screens.
In the front cab, I finally traced wire 429 for the ALC lining and fully connected this up, also installed and wired in the front cab ALC “25 meter warning” buzzer (operator alarm clock).
We then ran in what we thought was the last cable from front to rear cab to then discover I cocked up as not enough cores and not ran to the correct enclosure, so we ran in a 5 core cable between both operating panels down the LH side of the machine. This is ready for termination, after this is complete, we can look at some testing outside.
Tues 27th – Today Rod ‘up cycled’ some metal shelving to make a fish tailed spreader heating duct for the Coles crane driver’s window. This was then duly fitted and the inspection cover panel refitted. Such was the quality of this piece of work that Richard thought it was an item from our stores.
The talk over coffee break was that all that was now required was a copious supply of hot air to test it. As non-one today knew how to lecture on about dedicated car parking facilities, it was suggested that the test be postponed to next week!
The extension pipework to the front greasing point was then fitted along with the large front panel. The two small bottom panels were then also fitted . This then enabled Rod to assess more accurately,  what will be required to repair and fit the two outstanding panels.
Richard has checked the air test cart’s four gauges against the master gauge. All four tested to a high level of accuracy and the relevant test documentation has now been completed accordingly.
Armed with this assurance, he then performed the full brake test on the  Seacow DB 982667,once again with satisfactory results.
 NC completed the gloss painting of the second roof panel and the east side trunking on tamper 73250 and got the new door up to a sufficient gloss stage, to enable the glass to be put back in this weekend. Various bits of Stumec crane also painted and more green hut stuff sorted and stored.
 Shaun and Paul from the Wilf Ward Trust prepared the paintwork on the headstocks of the BORAIL and then black gloss painted them and the full length of the west side mainframe.

Fri 30th – First job for Bryan and Nick today was to clear out the kitchen of the Mess Coach,in preparation for the extraction of the stove. Salt, pepper, HP sauce, tins of 1990s food and crockery all went to the dumpster. One large sack of aluminium pans and kettles now awaits the scrap man. There was also a decent number of good paint brushes, which have been taken into stock.

Three spoons looked like they had hallmarks,they came home for investigation. Mrs C has since polished them. Two are only EPNS but the third is an antique soup spoon so may have some value –we’ll see.
The stove was successfully disconnected  by the purchaser and with the aid of Peter and the forklift, easily extracted through the compartment side door and lowered to the ground, for loading into their van along with the two generators.
Some water has been getting in around the chimney area , so the red 45T crane tarpaulin has now been fastened over the centre section that was previously devoid of a covering.
Other work:
  • The remaining stuff on the floor in the centre section from the green hut has now been sorted. Some of this was brass scrap (BB to weigh in) and some was S & T fittings, which David Torbert has taken away.
  • The pallet of miscellaneous tamper spares from Rugby have now been catalogued and most of it stored together on the mezzanine floor ( central rack east side). The new Galvos and work lights are with the others. The full list will be supplied shortly to relevant interested parties.
  • Tamper 73250  – Duncan’s door now has its second coat of grey gloss on the inside and is now ready for the window glass.
  • Stumec crane parts painted, bits of BORAIL painted and most of the lower part of the cab interior of the Coles 15T crane has now had  grey gloss applied.
Sun 1st Nov – Gang out plate oiling at Esk Valley.
Gerry, Duncan, Graham and John on the Tamper today.
 Some good progress, ALC install is more or less complete!
 Some testing today revealed some small issues, mainly with the actual measuring drive system, but with a bit more wiring and adding another relay, the machine was driven in ALC mode for the first time today!
Next stages are tidying wiring, tie-wrapping etc, fitting 2 new proximity sensors for banks auto slew, then full testing and calibration of all measuring and control systems, then operator training.
We are hoping to take the machine out on 15th November for testing and calibration, not actual Tamping (I got my dates wrong, thought the line was closed next Sunday), so next Sunday we can do final tidying up and more basic testing.

Tues 3rd – GR5077 – today Rod  worked on  the manufacture of a bracket for the new BMAC lighting ,ably assisted by  Steve who has also upgraded the internal wiring for the unit and waterproofed it. A trial fit at the end of the day, revealed some more adjustments to the mounting are required. Job for next week then.

Its much easier to fit one of these units in the front of a flat hollow panel on a class 66 than it is to mount it on the flat bulkhead of a regulator.
Richard coupled  the air brake test cart to the RUDD, after solving the problem of the escaping air from the south end cock. Not a cracked casting as we suspected, but a failed valve. A spare unit from our stores was fitted.
The test revealed various leaks ,including the famous ‘T’ piece, but all were sorted. The brakes,on release , still proved very tight. Investigations revealed the problem to be a pair of stiff hangers,which may or may not have been the reason why the brakes were inoperative on this wagon originally, before we replaced the distributor.
The hangers were duly stripped, needing Rod and burning gear to ease the way, and then cleaned and replaced,with a marked improvement on brake performance as a result.
Shane and Paul carried on with painting Stumec crane parts, bits of BORAIL and bits of Coles 15T crane.
Nick painted the gutter edging of the repainted roof panels on 73250 in red undercoat and also completed the grey undercoating of Duncan’s red metal primer work in the tower cab.
Walking areas on the BORAIL have been painted in wood primer in preparation for anti slip top coat and the rest of the lower cab panels in the Coles 15T crane painted in aircraft grey gloss.
One of the recently donated shop fittings is now installed on the east shed wall and prepared ready to act as an additional painting area.
Both crane arms were returned from the welding repairers today, complete with test certification.

Fri 6th – A tiring* morning was spent emptying one quarter of the Mess & Tool van brake compartment. A lot of scrap, a lot of non ferrous, plenty of tools we had forgotten about  e.g. large sockets, and several historical ex War Department items earmarked for sale.

Ian Wallis turned up during the morning and was well pleased with the selection of PPE, pig wire staples, nails and a pitchfork that we gave him, all of which came out of the dark recesses of the mess van.
* Tiring as the relay gang had taken all the good wheelbarrows, leaving us with the one with the weak bottom which kept folding onto the tyre, causing it to stall. It needed an awful lot of hammering each trip to continue.
After lunch time was spent on sandblasting and painting bits of Stumec crane, more paintwork on the BORAIL and anti slip deck paint application to the BORAIL bolsters and the Coles 15T crane floor.
For good measure, tamper 73250 gutter edge  was also painted in signal red top coat.
Sun 8th –  Gang on yard duties today as Van had an electrical problem earlier in the week.

Busy day at Newbridge today, only just enough chairs in the cabin at Dinnertime.

Harry and Martyn using the Plasser crane to refit the returned Stumec jibs.
Bryan sorting through various gear in the Mess coach.
Gerry removing parts from 73214, Duncan doing various work on Tamper 73250.
Graham and myself on 73250, we found the Bank Auto Slew system (required for ALC) to be in a very poor state, so we completely re-wired the system and installed 2 new proximity sensors. Exhaust silencer (was shot) was changed with one in-stock by Harry during the week.
As no trains are running next Sunday, we are hoping to take 73250 out for some track geometry testing measuring runs and perform some calibration.

Tues 10th – Ballast Regulator

Rod & Steve moved to ‘Plan B’ as regards the fitting of refurbished BMAC lights to the front of the machine. After the problems last week, the new plan involved mounting the irregular shaped BMAC box on short metal tube stalks protruding from the front bulkhead. One was trial fitted and worked fine. It took some searching on the mezzanine floor to find enough 5.5 inch bolts and nuts, but we did just. Funny that the bolt hole sizes of the original light fixtures were different – that’s German engineering for you.
Today’s design and fit was so good, that,once in place,  the new unit looked like it had always been there, rather than being a retro fit. So, (aesthetically)  well done team and as Richard quoted afterwards, it looks far less ‘continental’ in appearance now!
Armed with this success, they proceeded to replace the one on the other side,with similar success. There had never been a reliability issue with the one on this side, but once Steve removed it, it was apparent that internally it was in far worse a condition than the first one,so would have failed shortly anyway.
Following Mark’s earlier steam cleaning of the west side, part of the main frames have now been coated in anti slip deck paint. The bit that really needs doing,i.e. in front of the window, was not tackled this time, as it will require needle gunning and treating first.
The shunting around of this wagon in the depot revealed that the handbrake was inefficient, so today Richard was tasked with investigating the problem whilst it was over the pit. After various cleaning sessions and adjustments, the handbrake is now far more efficient. Not completely so, as part of the rodding is bent, but this can wait until the end of the track renewal season before dismantling and straightening.
Harry today continued with the installation of the two Stumec cranes and Nick painted parts as things progressed. Pity the jib repairers used the wrong colour yellow, as we are now having to repaint them to match the rest of the unit.
Coles 15T crane
Cab interior floor paintwork completed  and more minor bodywork parts gloss painted.
Tamper 73250
Minor primer application and undercoating. Hope to complete the grey gloss in the tower on Friday.
Remainder of  the recovered site pegs stacked on the painting benches to dry, ready for Shane/Paul to refurbish next Tuesday.

Fri 13th – Coles 15T crane – seat refitted (twice) as it took us we realised that the first attempt would have made operating the crane rather uncomfortable,due to the way the seat back tilted,with no apparent adjustment. After Hoovering a second seat  and then finding that that would not fit , a second look at the first seat, whilst it was out on the floor, revealed the magical seat back adjustment.

The battery is probably flat now as someone left the ignition switched on overnight!
BORAIL – both Stumec cranes have now had a second coat of gloss.
Mess & Tool van –  main compartment emptied of tools and spares. Spares contents sorted and stored accordingly. Two plastic crates of ex York carriage works spares identified – to go to Jerry Hawley. Tools left outside for Martyn to sort for scrap or otherwise (we think largely scrap) .
Tamper 73250 – aircraft grey gloss applied to the tower cab interior.

Sun 15th – Work on the Tamper Duncan, Gerry, Harry and John.

 Had a bit of a bad start, while fitting the refurbished door lower window, it parted company with the door and smashed on the floor, despite 3 pairs of hands trying to fit it.
Mid morning, the Tamper was taken to Hunting Bridge for the first day of commissioning and calibration.
Full commissioning of the front tower controls, front cross level and lift system completed. Only one tiny snag was a very tiny bit of solder on one of the homemade PCB’s was intermittently tracking between two tracks, but was simply scraped off with a small screwdriver (well spotted Duncan). I feel we have all done well with the extent of the installation work with only a tiny snag so far!
The calibration went better than expected and displayed good accuracy.

Tues 17th – Harry, Shaun, Paul and Richard today.


RK. Refitted and greased the main brake pivot hangers. The brake gear is freer but still not releasing as expected. Main cross vehicle brake shaft found stiff, lubricated and eased with bars and now hand free.
Two more brake issues identified: Release spring is very slack and not under any tension, adjusting nut seized. Handbrake lost motion clutch binding, longer pin will free up the motion. Release spring and lost motion pin to do next Tuesday.

Harry progressed welding in the smaller plates.

2nd company inspected the jib and quoted for NDT’ing the jib welds.

Marker pegs

Shaun and Paul sanded and undercoated the plain pegs and applied gloss to the other pegs. Next week undercoated pegs to be glossed.

2nd lot of taps and dies placed in the wardrobe.
Fri 20th – No work planned.
Sun 29th – Plate oiling at Esk Valley.

On the tamper – A long day with a few niggles/faults/errors, but at around 5pm, the calibration for ALC lining was finally completed.

Tues 1st Dec- Fitting of shadow boards to the shed wall to sort out the tool situation.
Thurs 3rd – Continued emptying of the Mess Coach with the final items now removed. Then more work on the shadow boards.
Sun 6th – Plate oiling at Esk Valley.

Tues 8th – So much going on today – the Coles 15T crane jib was successfully removed and loaded away to road transport, as was the engine from tamper 73214.

Ballast wagons being loaded and tipped north from Hunting Bridge.
Demonstrating ‘occasional flexibility’ as the wagon fleet was temporarily towed out of the shed today, Rod & Steve set to to cut off sections of the fibreglass roof on tamper 73214. This was part of the preparation work in advance of lifting out the engine for sale. Once this was out of the way, other parts were removed for spares stock.
Richard K  sorted out the sticking regulator valve on the ballast regulator and refitting it.
NC sorting  out Mess & Tool Van stocks of rags, PPE, tools and ( with John L) also sorting out the CCTV monitor plus mounting bracket  and 24-12 volt convertor unit, for the ballast regulator. John L is to provide  two CCTV cameras and screened cable.
Shaun and Paul on with the final batch of site peg painting and the undercoating of the remaining 15T crane front panels.
NC then joined the tamper for ALC tower cab computer training – track recording runs and dummy tamping , between Hunting Bridge and MP 10.
The crane runner, RUDD, crane and regulator are now back on the pit road correctly  positioned and  separated to allow refurbishment and maintenance to continue unabated.

Fri 11th

Bryan and Nick spent the morning generally tidying up the central bench area and rear of the shed, sorting and stowing the rest of the stuff that came out of the Mess & Tool van. Clean rags have been clear bagged, all the new and re-usable PPE has been sorted and stowed (but not as yet catalogued unfortunately) and the tools appraised. A lot of the spanners have been added to the shadow board. Bryan is gradually filling in the gaps in the size ranges he has made on the board, for various types, as we retrieve stashes of spanners from all over.
Several trips were made to the dumpster.
We also processed various sacks labelled either Self Changing Gears or  Baugley/Drewry. Fluid flywheel parts for No.16 perhaps? These have been boxed, bagged up and labelled and put up on the mezz. floor.
After lunch Bryan dismantled the air dump handles from tamper 73214. There is just enough of the right material to replace the missing handle and drop hanger for the air brake underneath the RUDD, though it will need a small amount of welding up and heat bending, to fit. These parts have been placed in the RUDD, which , incidentally, is now empty of cardboard and newspaper. It all went to York in the back of Bryan’s car today.
NC gloss painted remedial repairs to the ballast regulator and fitted the final batch of our stock of ballast brush box hoses. The best position for the CCTV screen in the cab has been identified, though we’ll need some guidance from  Steve as to the best place to fasten the 12-24V converter unit.

Sun 13th – Just Gerry working on tamper this Sunday, Duncan and Martyn loading sleepers with forklift and the rest at Grosmont oiling plates.Gerry sorted out the rear trolley lining wire tension using a few bits off 214. After dropping the trolley off in the shed, decided to change the cylinder for one out of stock. The pipework was then renewed with parts off 214 so that the short pipe found on 250 now fits both ends and end then changed on long rods so all fittings now the same. The  main pulley was damaged so replaced off 214 and cleaned and greased. He then tested it and all worked but cylinder bottomed out. After giving it some thought, we are not threading the wire correct as there is another pulley under the trolley which we have not used, this if used would give more pull to the cylinder.

Tues 15 – RUDD – the remaining rivets on the hinges of the previously started door,have been burnt off by Rod and all the  parts for re-use straightened with heat treatment.

Coles 15T crane – Today’s lucky find was the long time  missing ceramic/plastic hinge ball from the door . It turned up laid on the floor in the centre  of the shed, probably exposed when some steel work was moved slightly.
Shaun and Paul have continued with painting the front panel parts and started on cleaning off the pulley wheels. All site pegs now completed and bundled up in store.
Ballast Regulator – Richard K completed sorted out the leaking regulator and with a great deal of contortionist activity, we were able to re-attach it underneath the cab and conduct a satisfactory test utilising the air cart. This unfortunately turned up another air leak,which despite our best efforts with soapy water and long handled brushes, we were unable to locate. It might yet be the train air brake handle /unit. It seems to be in that area. A rolling brake test outside the shed next Tuesday, should solve the issue, hopefully.
Martyn says there will be much loading of PLATE wagons with sleepers on Tuesday, so we’ve tentatively agreed a window in between his yard shunting on the day for the task.
Steve spent the day working on the CCTV installation. The monitor is now fixed in the cab  and the 12/24V box wired up for its new role and is now mounted on the centre console vertical panel, occupying the place where the radio unit used to be.  We have worked out where the wiring run is going to go, to service the two forthcoming cameras.

Fri 18th – Nick called in at C & W on way in this morning. Despite help from the staff, we could only find one dome headed bolt and that was too large for the RUDD doors. We’ll have to put in temporary hex bolts to progress the job pro tem. and order some I think.

Bryan out this morning putting in pegs at Kingthorpe.
I unbolted the seat in the regulator and lifted the relevant floor sections out. Then after connecting up the compressor and cart and charging the system , the leak identified itself straight away.
It was a split rubber air pipe out of the bottom of the shunt brake, the split being right on the floor panel level. Fortunately it was a clipped pipe,rather than special ends.  I had difficulty removing it, but fortunately Bryan had returned by then and is made of sterner stuff.
There was no similar spec. air hose upstairs, but we found a suitable piece dangling under 214, so attacked it with a hacksaw. It is not in the first flush of youth, but will do for now.
After Bryan fitted it, I charged the system again, with no leaks evident from the new pipe. Whilst not exactly overcome with elation, It was enough to make one occasionally enthusiastic.
We have left the floor up, for now, in order to carry out a full brake test on Tuesday, under Richards supervision!. Then we will box it all back up ,which will include fitting new heater hose to the back of the panel that Steve fitted the CCTV 12/2/4 voltage unit to earlier this week.
Other job today -most of the box of  brush box hoses that I found on Tuesday, have now been fitted . The small number that are left will go in on Tuesday after I have rotated the brush box drum sufficient to gain access, during the road test.
Other news – the LNER modified coach chassis has been returned today from the contractor at Shildon. It has no buffers in the shanks, , so will make an interesting removal to Pickering C & W.

Sun 20th – Just Gerry on tamper again today. I arrived about 10am and Martyn said I could get on the pit just before dinner. By the time I had moved things about and pumped the water out of the pit it was just right.After dinner, on the pit I adjusted the brakes at the tower end and greased up brake rods and prop shafts. By the time this was done Martyn was ready to shunt things back so moved back to the usual spot. I just had time to have a quick look at the bank slew and it looks like the self centering bearing at the main frame end could be shot as the cylinder is moving back and forth as you operate the slew.

Martyn and gang working in the yard clearing off wagons prior to reloading materials ready for Kingthorpe.

Tues 22nd – Everything today done against the constant background noise of Martyn & Duncan loading an impressive total of seven wagons with 500 concrete sleepers and preparing more into stacks of four for rapid loading later. It must be something of a record.

C & W came down to collect the recently delivered Gresley chassis and also prepare the Mess & Tool van for its imminent departure to Grosmont.
Steve tidied up the cab wiring of the Coles 15T crane and then fitted the second headlight. He also had a look at fitting a BIS switch, but unable to trace all the wiring or find a suitable switch on the mezz. floor that is man enough for the job. Thus still to source. A pity there is nothing suitable on tamper 214.
Steve then assisted Rod in continuing with preparing strengthening parts  and then temporarily bolting up into place, the first new door for the RUDD. The magnet drill was utilised, to good effect, once we found the right rotabroach bits for it. The door fits perfectly, so well done to the measuring team and it also demonstrates the wisdom of getting the steel sheet pre-cut.
New domed bolts are now needed,for permanent fixing, as exhaustive searches up stairs have found only two suitable. (NC to liaise with BB on this one) .
Richard K and NC spent mot of the day on with continuing work on the regulator braking system. This got very technical, so Richard is doing the progress report ( not tonight he apologises, as he is at a concert). We are to finish the job and test next Tuesday.
NC refitted control desk panels and installed a secure fastening for the spades, brushes and ballast forks carried in the cab ,before  preparing Coles crane panelling sheets and cleaning off and metal priming the rope pulley wheels. This done, with an eye on the fact that ,the jib will be coming back in mid January.
Fri 25th –  For some reason no work is planned today.
Sun 27th – Yard work only.