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Current Work

Current P-Way Works 2017.

The P-Way department of the NYMR is based at Newbridge Yard in Pickering. Regular Sunday working takes place most weekends. Attendance is generally from 09.00 to 17.00 unless previously announced.

Work is varied ranging from Track Patrol work to Bridge Rebuilding with a bit of Track Maintenance or Renewal as well. What better way to view the trains in the scenery than from trackside while working for the NYMR!

There are also regular Plant and Rolling stock repairs/maintenance activities and track material preparation at Newbridge on some Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Volunteers must hold a valid PTS certificate, this can be arranged through P Way Supervisor M Cannings.

If you would like to be involved, please use the contact page to gain information.

Details for 2017 below

29th Dec 2016 – 

Bryan and Nick in attendance today.

Seacow DB982667

Remaining pre-drilled holes at north end now fitted with bolts.

External welding seams and remaining rivet residue ground flush. The large steel end plates were then cleaned off and given an external coat of red metal primer.

During this work, we noticed that the naughty Christmas pixies must have been in the depot over the holiday , as we found a socket wedged firmly over a newly installed  nut and behind a rivet, in a very inaccessible place.

It took two screwdrivers, a hammer and two of us – sometimes hung upside down ( or nearly) to knock it out.  

 Snow plough  18

Dressing new interior tongue and groove boarding, easing the sticking east side door and burning off and sanding blistered paint on the plough end.

Mon 3rd Jan – 

Dismantling of the F19`s at MP14 will start today once ECS movements have taken place, with all materials being lifted out by the end of the week. Relaying will start immediatly after, and then will be followed by the rerailing of the section in AD sleepers. If all goes well I hope the track to be complete and ready for ballasting by Sunday 22nd of January. The job should proceed quickly due to the fact that the G44`s have already been prefitted with clips , pads and insulators. At this stage I an not planning to work on Saturdays. After this the rails will be loaded up and disposed of for scrap , and the sleepers loaded, some for disposal and some for use at Grosmont MPD.


Tues 4th Jan 2017 – 

Rod, John & Nick in attendance today.

 Seacow  982667

The final bolting up work and welding work, that was necessary to complete the north end hopper, was done today.

As the wagon is now over the pit, this also enabled the central gusset plate in the south end hopper to be patch welded. Thus the centre door can now be replaced to enable easier access to the interior.(Job for Thursday?)  There is  far less work to do at this end.

The pit access also allowed outstanding chassis and new metal paintwork to be progressed.  

 Myford Lathe

John gave this machine some TLC today, cleaning  out the compacted  swarf, then oiling & adjusting. There is a bit more to do next week, but John reckons it is now in good condition and not fit for condemning as has previously been voiced.

Thurs 5th Jan – 

Bryan, Richard K and Nick in attendance today.

 Bryan burning off failed paint on plough 18 prow.

 Richard has sorted out the Webasto heater on the regulator and found a snazzy operating switch for it to replace the temporary one.  The starter switch has had a lose terminal tightened and it works fine now. The stuck engine air filter  warning light has been traced to a faulty connection.

Unfortunately, the wiring disturbance doing all this work, has caused the CCTV screen to sulk. It flashes the on blue light occasionally Steve- Richard has now handed this back to you for your expert attention).

 We decided to wait until the Seacow is back over a solid floor before attempting to lift and fit the south end centre doors. Work now planned for a fortnight today. (19th).

I cleaned up all the recent welding work, ground off surface corrosion in the south end door rotation critical areas and applied primer, undercoat and gloss to various parts.

 Peter Robinson of the Grosmont station group visited us today. He measured up Plough 18 as he si to make some new skylights and went away with surplus paint stocks – all the household type colours and stuff we don’t use on wagons and plant. A fair swop!

Sun 8th Jan – Gerry and Duncan

After a brief talk this morning over tea we decided to recover blocks off 214 so Duncan ground off the welds and we knocked them off easy. After cleaning up we tried new bush’s in and they fitted good.

Skates and short feeler were then taken off 250 and worn blocks cut off both sides. We then cleaned up the frames and positioned replacement blocks on one side and lined up ready for welding next week

Tues 10th Jan – 

Due to widespread post Christmas pestilence only Steve and Nick in today. Apologies received from John, Richard and Rod. Get well soon gents, we are missing you all.

 Steve spent the day cutting to fit bits of new metal for the side gusset plates in the south end of the Seacow. Now ready for  Rod to weld next week.

I completed all the outstanding paintwork on the north end of the wagon.


I also had a good look around for bushes, as promised. I found a bag of steel ones, which to my untrained eye, look the same length and diameter as the tamper specimens. I tried one over the feeler rods on the bench, and in the fitting alongside. Looks like a better fit than the original ones!

Anyway, probably not what you want but I’ve left one with the feeler rods on the bench, for interest.

Thurs 12th Jan – 

Spent most of the day today facilitating the lighting electricians. The new west side lights ( all seven of them ) are now up and running. Bring your sun glasses, as it is very bright, especially at the back of the shed, now.

They also looked at the failed (numbers 2-4 ) lights on the east side. One burnt out and two others have more than one fault. All three tried with a known working bulb to no avail. The electrician recommends that the most cost effective solution is to replace the innards of them with an LED type light. This is being priced up for Park Street.


When I was not required to help dismantle and assemble scaffolding towers, or pinch bar wagons etc, outstanding chassis painting on the south end of the seacow was completed.

I have also today tackled the next section of the west side of tamper 73250 – the usual corrosion treatment, filling, priming and undercoating and once again singing the praises of the new staging.

Sun 15th Jan – 

Just Gerry working on tamper today.

I have had a go at fixing lining trolley lock air valve. A bit of a pigs ear to do, it would be better if they were spaced out as there is very little space to work. It took all day trying to work with mirror but in the end had to take the panel off to get to it. I have put tape on to stop latch from moving with a tie rap on as well. I found two spare valves but one had a push button and the other switched both ways.

I did not have time to test so will do that next week,

Tues 17th – 

Rod still recovering at home from his heavy cold today – so we were unfortunately unable to proceed with welding work on the Seacow.
Fortunately as the track renewal work is behind schedule, we are not ready to use the tamper as yet, so we still have access to the pit for next week.    
Hopefully pit welding work can be completed next Tuesday,(get fit soon Rod!)  enabling the Seacow to be back over the concrete after that for installation of the three remaining doors. 
Steve and John were therefore swiftly put onto ‘Plan B’ today – recovering all usable fluorescent tubes and fittings from the recently redundant west side depot lights. The old internal wiring was removed for good measure and added to our growing dumpy bag of the stuff and the rusty metal carcasses then added to the light scrap pile in the yard.
They then set up a test rig to check over any re-usable tubes and these replaced the many dead ones on the mezzanine upstairs. There is a bit more work to do on these next week -cleaning contact points to improve start up for example. 
After this job, Steve introduced John to the delights of vacuum hose changing. A search round the yard found two Plate wagons that feature on the 2017 minor repair list and a vac. hose from each was removed for de-fitting the horns and replacing the rubber hose. A minor irritation was subsequently finding that we only had one long replacement bolt for the collars and we needed four. My  trip to C & W only managed to produce one more. I’ll get a dozen at  Hawk Fastening  to keep us going,though Kieran reckons he will order some more for himself as well.
So, until next week, ( or possibly Thursday) B934386 and B933122 are missing a hose each. 
I carried on with painting work on the west side of tamper 73250. A probe at the bottom of the body side immediately in front of the SW door with the small needle gun produced two bucket fulls of  rust and dust and a lot of big holes. I have gaffer taped over it,for now,and resisted the temptation to paint over the top of the tape. The door itself ,though rusty in places, failed to be penetrated by the needle gun so I have just had to apply Jenolite stabiliser and filler so far.  

Thurs 19th – 

Bryan, Richard and Nick in today.
Bryan carried on with preparing the snowplough prow for painting, after his relay site visit.
I carried on with the post-filler application sanding &  preparation and primer painting of  tamper 73250 west side.
We  had a planned delivery of six used 4-drawer filing cabinets and other single tier steel drawers this morning, plus a collection of tools and parts. The small drawers plus the lightest of the filing cabinets are now on the mezz. floor. (John P  –  its all yours now, to creatively use as you think fit.)
We have identified a spot for the other cabinets – allowing for one more to go upstairs if necessary.These should help us considerably in the next stage of the depot tidy up/reorganisation.
The next whistle board assembly was drilled and bolted, ready for delivery to the Grange crossing when we are next out with the machines. A lot of our cupboards now have plastic contents labels. This is a helpful feature, now that we have visiting fitting staff from Grosmont, who will not always have someone on site to ask where stuff is. 

 Sun 22nd – Duncan, Alistair and Gerry working on tamper today.

Duncan and Alistair spent some time first preparing the job and setting up lights.

After coffee the feeler rod fixing blocks were set up on the left side and welded on before dinner. After dinner work started on the on the right side while the skate was attached to the left side. At 4pm after welding was complete we started to fit to fit the skate on the right side but the bolts did not line up. It was found that the outside block was too far out so it was then removed to find two shims in which were removed and the block re-welded back on, the skate then fitted OK. A few minor jobs need doing next week to finish off but the machine an now be moved if needed.

Tues 24th – 

Richard K, Steve, John P and Nick in today plus Rod,who heroically staggered in despite not being fully recovered.
One side of the south gusset plate now patch welded up ,though problems arose with poor quality metal to ‘stick’ the new material to. A bit more rusty metal will have to be cut out on the opposite side next week to improve the quality of the potential repair on that side .
Tamper 73250
More of the west side sanded and roller painted in yellow undercoat.
Ballast Regulator
Richard on with lots of tasks so he will be producing a separate report.
Steve helped Rod on the Seacow, assisted Richard with electrical fault finding on the Regulator and helped me with vacuum hoses changes. 
Mezzanine Floor
John  has been sorting through more stuff upstairs, finding some interesting  and valuable tools  and incorporating some of the new metal filing cabinets and drawers into the floor plan. 
He has also checked over the Myford lathe ready for use next week.
Find of the week! Richard went on the hunt for a box of metric taps and dies that he had caused to slip down the back of the fitters bench.
The bench is almost solid so difficult to move, so the back was raked out with stick. The missing taps were found as was a new screwdriver and the long lost jet nozzle handle attachment for the compressor. I have now made and fitted a wooden back plate to prevent anything else going down the back of this particular bench.   
 PLATE wagons  386 and 122- new vacuum hoses fitting completed and for good measure, it was noted that the DOGFISH now has a holed one, so that was changed as well.
Tues 24th –
Richard report on Regulator progress,

Rear camera system power supply.

After reconnecting the 24v-12v power supply convertor the camera system failed to operate.

This was today diagnosed as a faulty power supply unit. The 12v output was unstable and fluctuated wildly.

Exhaust blow.

Traced to a failed joint between east side flexible and the bend to the scilencer. Proposed action is to split the joint and pack with exhaust jointing paste.

Engine bay cover gas struts.

Broken top mounting stud drilled out, tapped and new bolt fitted.

Second damper fitted.

Cab end engine bay cover now opens and closes with ease. Recommend that the engine bay cover is still opened and closed by two people, as with one person the cover does distort putting a twist on the hinge.

Gas struts for the battery bay cover to be ordered and fitted.

Desk engine and system warning lights.

Intermittent Air filter warning light illumination has yet to be resolved.  

In addition the reliability of the oil pressure and engine overheat warning lights should also be questioned as these are never tested or illuminated during normal operation of the vehicle.

John’s response to Richard – 

I have just spoken to our southern fitter who used to work for Deutz and got some good info from him, he knows this engine well.
There should be 2 sensors on the oil filter head, one for oil temperature and one for oil pressure.
Also a temperature switch and temperature sender on one of the cylinders under the engine cover in the V area, these are normally on one of the cylinders at the back of the engine.
The Air filters he cannot help with as he says machine builders would install whatever air filters they wanted, but thinks the sensors on the filters should have 2 wires each, one wire to be an earth as these sensors may not be earthed due to the various rubber hose connections, worth a look to see if these switches are earthed or not?
He will have a look in his garage to see if he has a hand book for the F6L413F engine, he says he defiantly has one for an almost identical engine known as the F6L413FZ, this engine was supplied to Ford who installed them in Ford Cargo Concrete mixer lorries, popular as the engine had a good PTO to drive the mixer drum.
 Thurs 26th – 
Bryan and Nick in today. 
It started off with looking for a potential secondary safety prop for the rear engine bonnet of the regulator,while we changed the gas struts. Richard and I had identified a potential wooden joiners horse buried deep behind a pile of stuff by the mezzanine steps.
The area was identified to house our new steel filing cabinets anyway, so nothing was lost by carrying out the excavation and clear out . 
As it turned out, the horse was slightly too short for the job, without substantial modification, but (after red and white stripe painting)it will make an ideal temporary safety rail for open parts of the pit road. We have found some suitable timber to make a near copy for the opposite side. 
The area around the staircase has been considerably enhanced. Metal and timber has been sorted, tamper bits sent to the blue container and the two sets of pipe bending gear  found suitable wooden boxes to store the respective contents. 
The quarantine shelving is now permanently fixed to the wall and a space under the staircase (and out of the way) cleared to receive the rail mounted grinding set in due course.
More over size pit cover grids have been trimmed and fitted. 
More undercoat and primer painting of the tamper done today as well. 

 Sun 29th Jan – GerryFeeler rod repair now complete and tested OK. Left side is a bit stiff but after greasing started to loosen up.

Lining trolley lock also tested OK.

Only jobs now outstanding is cross level re-calibration and heater exhaust pipe to repair.

Tues 31st Jan – 

Seacow – Rod &  Steve have completed the south end gusset plate repair work  and a start has been made on cutting out the small amount of steel plate and strip to repair  the south end hopper .Due to the rusty nature of the surrounding steel work, this will be,in most cases,counter sunk bolted,rather than welded.
Ballast Regulator – Richard busy on all sorts of maintenance jobs, so hopefully a  report will follow. He was using the small vacuum cleaner a lot though. 
The replacement 8.5 MP  has been needle gunned where necessary and undercoated ,tamper 73250 has received some more gloss paint, various cases sorted and filled with new contents  last week have been paint prepared ready for relabelling and the new pit safety barrier is now in undercoat red and white stripes. 
Next up Thursday –  Plan to run up the Regulator  outside the depot to test instrumentation, hydraulics and everything else we have altered or adjusted recently, in preparation for next week.

Richards report.- Engine.

Top cover removed.

Compacted dust debris removed from the base of cylinder cooling fins. Engine overheat sensor located on the west side center cylinder injector mounting. Over heat warning bulb tested ok. Circuit yet to test by earthing the sensor terminal.

 Further investigation of the intermittent blocked air filter warning light revealed a disconnected wire hanging down the side of the engine. When earthed this wire illuminates the blocked air filter warning light. When connected back onto the intake vacuum sensor the light is permanently illuminated. Vacuum sensor removed for testing and the disconnected wire secured.

Rear brush drive.

Drive chain adjusted. Intermittent failure to engage drive to be investigated this Thursday during functional test in the yard.

Gas struts.

Battery bay cover failed gas struts removed in anticipation of the new gas strut delivery.

Camera power supply.

Steve tried the unit again with confirmed PSU case earth. Output voltage remained unstable, confirming internal component failure.

Thurs 2nd Feb – 

A shopping expedition to Pound Land or World of Quid, or some such, in Hartlepool yesterday, produced a new clock for the main office.
Steve o’Connell is providing a  superior one from his garage, for Martyn’s office, next week, so we will all be able to keep regular shifts and tea breaks from now on. 
Today Bryan ground out the old patch welds in the south end hopper of the Seacow, as required by Rod, successfully procured some unusual torpedo fuses for the regulator and then carried out the annual greasing up of the machine.
Richard spent the day investigating and correcting the faults thrown up by this morning’s regulator functionality test, leading to a successful lunchtime retest,then carried on with items on the ‘to do’ list on the machine. Detailed report to follow hopefully.
Other than operating the regulator on test, I spent the day painting the previously mentioned  half mile post, safety barrier, stowage cases and due to the unusual high temperature today, gloss rollered a large chunk of the west side of tamper 73250.
 Richards report – Engine intake “blocked filter vacuum sensors”.

Removed, successfully tested and refitted both sensors. West side sensor operates at a lower vacuum. Cab to sensor wire secured and left disconnected to test for vibration earths faults during next Thursdays site work. If Thursdays test is ok sensors will be wired back into circuit.

Traction circuit electrical fault.

No traction.

24v supply to the main traction switch missing. Yellow supply wire traced back via a relay to a white wire that had become detached from the main ignition switch. Reconnected and traction now available.


Brush motor chain drive tested under power ok.


Camera power supply.

Redundant radio supply unit removed and tested for suitability. Unfortunately it is not suitable.


Hydraulic fluid leak.

While greasing Bryan noticed a pool of fluid on the floor under the cab front. This was traced to one of the main traction system cab gauge connections. Gauge released from the desk and connection tightened.


Main air tank reservoirs.

As these are soon due inspection, Nick confirmed that there is enough space to extract these under the side ploughs.

Tues 7th Feb – 

Myford lathe- John has today completed the service of this machine and greased it ( very dry he reported ). To test it out, he has started making some new pins for the regulator front ploughs.
Seacow – Rod  & Steve were today on with drilling and bolting new patch pieces for the south end hopper, after cutting and de-riveting some additionally found wafer thin plate work. 
The wagon now sports a set of ,contemporary with livery,  electrification warning flashes.
I spent the day completing the painting of the half mile post for transport on Thursday, completing the painting of the new safety barrier, assisting with the Seacow work and repairing a wrecked workmate for its new role as the Myford lathe side table. 
PPE – Audrey has started on the long job the job of sorting and cataloguing our ‘freebie’ stocks. The aim is to keep different type of clothing in different lockers and have all the sizes available listed, to make issuing stock that much easier.