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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. 
Thurs 9th Feb
Ballast Regulator performed well today, with no issues at all. Just did its usual job with no fuss.All helped by the many reliability modifications done recently by principally Richard and Steve. 
Well …….actually there  were two sort of problems, both attributable to ‘dangerous’ Bryan.
Strike 1. On his way out of the machine with the long level, he succeeded catching it in and  ripping off the plastic air pipe from the brake reservoir to the alternate driving position instrument binnacle. The resultant air leak was swiftly temporarily cured for the day with a handy G clamp.
Strike 2. Whilst attempting to open the sliding door to jettison a bit of sandwich, he pulled it off its runners. Once again, this was temporarily fixed quickly, to keep the heat in.
We also had a long list of ‘side jobs’ to do for various people today. Those completed were:- 
Dropped  off new 8 1/2 milepost . (NC to dig this in and dig out the broken one for recovery next time).
Loaded up yellow dumpy bags of scrap from Levisham and the Portakabin type window frames .
Took  the required rails and fence posts to Bridge 17 for Levisham Station Group.
Delivered and installed a new LNER pattern whistle board to the south side Grange foot crossing at the Operations Department recommended amended distance. 
Recovered the old W board for scrap.
Recovered all the site pegs from the Bridge 14 relay. 
On the way back after regulating the bridge 16/7 relay, we picked up the Levisham Station Group’s refurbished 10 1/4 mile post and delivered  it somewhere near to is site. (Ian – you must have left a marker on site – not easy for us to see in the dark). 
Picked up 12 pre- loved fence rails and two posts from Levisham and delivered them  to MP 9 1/4.
Tues 14th Feb
Steve, Rod & Nick in attendance today. John sent his apologies but also sent via Audrey, a (East End London recipe) bread pudding which was very well received at break time,thanks.
Seacow DB982667 
Apart from one small patch still to weld  and a couple of bolts still to fit, the hopper steel plate work has now been completed.
The mig welder gave Rod a lot of trouble today as it was throwing the trip switch every couple of seconds. We had thought it was either a power or earthing problem, but switching over to the portable inverter welding set ( liaising with Craig in S & T), caused no problems at all. Rod therefore now suspects that there is a problem with the mig welding set.
Rod – Craig took the inverter welder back tonight, but I have booked it for us next Tuesday with him. 
Next Tuesday should easily see all outstanding work completed on this wagon apart from the fitting of the three doors,which are booked for attention on Thursday 23rd February.
I am keen to see it in use for the residual work connected with this winters renewals, so we need to plan an early C & W FTR inspection.
Richard – I am presuming you will have to guide C & W on this one as they lack experience on air brake testing and you have written the documents for this.  
Tamper 73250
A large section of the west side was roller painted in gloss yellow today.
Plus – a lot of the  scrap collected from Levisham last week, was sorted and skipped and a start made on refurbishing the eighty odd marker pegs recovered from The Grange relay site at the same time.
Next up Thursday – though going to Kingthorpe ( with the PW timber collection train)  to batch up  the pegs from that relay and dig in the new mp 8 1/2 on the way back ( on foot). 
Would help if I can borrow a wheelbarrow for the day and leave it at the south end of the Kingthorpe relay full of pegs for collection by the train on the way back along with the broken 8 1/2 mile post.
Thurs 16th Feb
Had intended to scrounge a lift northbound today, but problems with adapting the hydraulics on the logging grab, to work with the 360 excavator, caused the planned timber recovery train to be cancelled.
I pushed a wheel barrow instead and got some unexpected fresh air and exercise.
The new 8 1/2 MP has been dug in and the old one lifted and laid on the line side ready for collection. Metal stitching perhaps for this one day, to act as a spare? 
Barrow then pushed to MP 9 1/2 and on the way back all the remaining yellow marker pegs on both the Kingthorpe and  Hunting Bridge relays lifted and bundled up for collection,in three places. 
I only left a couple in place, that were propping up bundles of rail.
Tuesday gang – our next project, BR 1962 built Brake Van B 955225, has now been delivered to New Bridge. Not as bad as I feared, but there is a lake in the stove ash tray ring, so either the pipe is leaking or the canvas is on the way out.
Sun 19th 
Gerry on 214

When I arrived at the yard at 10.00 the lads were stripping sleepers as instructed by Martyn. Duncan was driving the forklift to help them so after a chat we decided it would be a good time to get the gearbox and drive box out of 214.

After a short shunt using the Regulator we got the machine outside and started to undo the bolts. After lunch when all the sleepers had been dealt with Duncan and Alistair fitted the crane arm to the forklift and lifted out the gearbox onto a pallet. We then unbolted the drive box, lifted it out and put on another pallet along with the other spare drive box from the yard. Martyn these now need putting with the other bits by the container along with the other spare gear box which is now over by the road so we can strip the clutch packs out.

When all was done we shunted everything back to where we found it.

214 needs to be outside when possible as the last few bits will be removed during cutting up.

Tues 21st Feb

Seacow DB982667
At last, the metalwork repair has been completed in the south end hopper. Frustrating to the last, we wore out our new rotabroach drill bits and Rod had to resort to adapting conventional drill bits to complete the job. Steve and Rod did most of the work,which involved a lot of bad language,  and I helped out in the afternoon,without the bad language. 
By way of a change, today’s Tuesday team  had a preview look at the Sealion , now conveniently parked at the front of the shed ready for steam cleaning, thanks to Martyn’s recent shunt.
Jim has started shifting the huge pile of leaves that this wagon had collected whilst it was at the end of the back siding. 
Jet washing and banging the interior scale with a hammer may reveal more, but the early opinion is that it is not as bad as 982667.
A look was also taken at BV B955225. Rod will start stripping this out next week, to assess what woodwork needs replacing . I’ve assured him we have plenty of woodworking tools and machines for this one ,as we’ve done several mobile ‘wooden huts’ before.
Tamper 73250
The west side gloss painting is now completed. I’ve also made a start on the lettering and numbering on this side. 
Over to the Sunday team now, for window glass rubber replacement and attention to the remaining door and side ‘tin worm’ areas,that I have either skated round or covered in duck tape.
The Regulator looks quite tatty now by comparison,so I can see what my next yellow paint job is going to be. 
Thurs 23rd Feb
Just Bryan and I in attendance today.
Though ideally a three man job, we set to on the outstanding doors on the Seacow.
When we did need three pairs of hands, we borrowed one of the nearby S & T lads to help out. 
By lunch time we had the centre door in place, fully pinned up and the linkages fitted,greased and pinned up as well. 
The door rotates easily using only two fingers – not quite as good as the one finger operation at the other end,mind you. 
A mild diversion after lunch was to source and cut to length rough timber to act as packing for concrete sleepers  that have been earmarked for sale. 
After a bit of a planning discussion, we then tackled the east side door. We remembered that the outer doors are more awkward to install than the centre one, as the clearances are that much tighter.
Fortunately we did remember the correct method of rotation on the way up, from last time. 
When time ran out, the east door was safely in place and sitting properly on its hinge pins. Just the linkages to fit next time.
Sun 26th Feb

Gerry with Duncan, Martyn working on 214 we shunted outside and started cutting up.

By lunch the rear cab and struts were removed. then after lunch some of the super structure was cut off and removed. I recovered the shims from the lateral guide bars and put upstairs.

Do we need to save the tamping bank frames?

Martyn I will be OK for tamping this Thursday if its still on,

Tues 28th Feb

Nick, Richard, Rod & John in today. 
Rod & John working on the lathe, making spare locking pins for the regulator. Three types involved:- short ones for the outer blades, longer ones for the inner blades and even longer ones for the lifting frames. This work had become urgent as we utilised our last spare last time out. Rod & John reckon that the crystalline metal in the sheared old ones, is poor quality. I found some better quality round bar on the metal rack, to us in the assembly of the new ones.
Richard spent the day working through the repair  list from the ballast regulator log from last trip out:-
Air brake plastic pipe to secondary driving position gauge, renewed and tested with the compressor. 
Under slung hydraulic hose on east side inner ram, re-routed above the ballast flow.
Intermittent fault in switching on the brush drum, traced to dirty contacts in the two switches on the control desk. Switches cleaned and functionality tested by meter – now 100% reliable.
NC – site pegs repainted & more paintwork preparation work on the lettering on tamper 73250. More gloss paint applied to Seacow 982667 ( last side panel) and east side door linkages pinned up ( in part) and east side door hinge pin washered and split pinned. 
Also set up the circular saw to longitudinally cut more spacer timbers, for concrete sleepers,  at the request of Peter .
Sun 5th March
Gang of 4 out plate oiling, Martyn took them out to around the 10mp with the 08 and brake van, returned to collect them about 16.00.
Martyn and Duncan cutting bits off 73214 
By 17.30 73214 ceased to exist and is now in 3 major pieces  plus bits.
Myself working on priming woodwork on Snowplough then assisting tamper cut up.
West side seems to be ok and ready for prep for next coat.
East side needs more rubbing down beyond the areas I have primed and also needs a section of rotten wood removing on the slope. Carve out and let in a new piece or a lot of filler.
Duncan has asked if anyone knows of any bits of small steel chain for the gas bottle trolley. 
Current chains too short for a full size bottle of propane.
Richard – 2016 catalogue from Beal in the cabin may have bits of interest.
Track uplift at Newbridge South started on Friday, continuing during the week.
Tues 7th March
Activity on many fronts today. We are probably spreading ourselves too thinly but needs must and all that.
Seacow DB982667
East side door linkages pin up completed. Door would not open initially. Found that there was a slight lip, over no more than a few inches, which caused the door to go the wrong way. Dropping the south socket and then working the door and grinding away the resultant binding and scratch marks soon eased it. 
Tamper  73250
Final coat of paint applied to the west side lettering.
Sealion DB982595 
Steve enthusiastically attacked it with the pressure washer today  and as expected, blew several holes in it. Not as bad as feared. He will continue with this treatment next week. I attacked the hopper inside with a chipping hammer. Lots of rust and stone dust flaked away, but still solid underneath. I wound down two door sets and did likewise. Both curved skins appear sound as a bell – which is a bonus. 
Ballast Regulator  
Richard spent the day working off the fault list – he has made and fitted a new switch for the previously unreliable brush box drive facility and overhauled the old switch (heavily corroded), which is now the on board spare. The 5 bar regulator , which finished the day on Thursday, under performing( 4.5 bar) , has been cleaned out and reset at 5 bar – and tested OK with the compressor/test cart combination. 
Snowplough 18 
West side plough light sanded and second primer coat applied. This side now ready for red/brown inter coat on Thursday.
Brake van B 955225 
Following my research as to the original specification, Rod has started stripping out this vehicle ready for frame & bodywork repairs. The two steel end sheets came loose first. As suspected, the original T & G boarding was underneath. Fortunately most of the steel sheet is in good order, and is ideal for patching the Sealion hoppers  – another saving bonus.
We are going to need a fair amount of T & G board though. 
Other stuff   
Rod has made and fitted a new securing chain for the propane cylinder, as requested by Duncan.  
Another delivery of timber today, 4-drawer cabinet, garage contents etc. Half of it I have put away but the rest still to sort and do like wise. Lots of drill sets and metric and imperial socket sets, including two ratchet drivers of the type we wore out  a few weeks ago, so that has saved us a few quid in replacements. 
Thurs 9th March
Bryan and Nick in attendance today. 
I’ve completed the lettering/numbering of the tamper on the west side for now, and will do the rest of the paintwork once the bodywork/door repairs are completed. 
We spent most of the day on Seacow  DB982667. The final rotary door was winched up into place with only minor grinder corrective action necessary. It now winds open and shut with one finger.on the wheel.
All outstanding linkages were then  fitted and pinned and the castellated nuts fitted likewise and finally, the oil way plugs were inserted.
 All the repair gear was extracted from the hopper and the stub ‘ ladder lashing anchors’ ground off and painted. Final touch up paintwork was done and the immediate site tidied and swept up. 
This wagon is now regarded as complete,ready for a  FTR test next week. C & W will be notified separately.
Sun 12th

Just Gerry on tamper today.The rest were working down the station.

Spent the morning fitting new priming pump on cooling system of 250 after the old one failed last time out. A simple job which took all morning with lots of swearing when spanners, nuts and bolts went into the pit while the tide was in ( splush).

After lunch I removed more bits off 214 including lateral guide cones. I informed Martyn as the frames are now loose and will need lifting out next time.

Tues 14th March

Richard, Steve and Nick in attendance today. 
Steve completed steam cleaning the Sealion  and also cut off the OHL canopies,so no more forehead banging. He also steam cleaned the inside of the hoppers and hammeerd out teh last of the scale.  
The good news is that there are no holes or even weak patches in the doors.In general, steam cleaning revealed that there is a lot less repair work to do in the hopper than in the Seacow we have just done.  
Richard has had an initial  look at the complexities of the dual brake system and how the load adjustment system works. 
Richard also carried on with the backlog of regulator  repairs/adjustments including a bit more preparation work for extracting the leaking front ram, in due course.The machine has been boxed up and we conducted a low and high ratio traction test, in the limited depot space available,to ensure that the recent traction switch refurbishment work was successful. Machine now ready for work next week.
We also worked our way through the air brake test procedure on Seacow 982667 and all went well until the last page. Unfortunately the new distributor ( mint/boxed ex ICI and Grosmont MPD circa late 1980s) lets the brakes leak off after 12 minutes. 
We have decided to replace it with the last of the three overhauled ones we got done by RBS last year. Its only a three bolt single flange job, so I have agreed to do this on Thursday (OK with you Bryan?) and repeat that part of the test. Most of the  test today involved the other equipment/systems on the wagon and they performed OK.
Other jobs done today – refurbishing site pegs, the west side of plough 18 was given an inter- coat of red/brown and the recent delivery of ex-garage stuff has been sorted and put away.
Main gang levelling the New Bridge Crossing relay site and leading spent ballast away.
According to Peter tonight, track in Thursday/Friday , stone in Monday and regulate/tamp this and the other nominated  sites Tuesday and Wednesday next week. 
Thurs 16th March.
Bryan and Nick in attendance today.
Initially, we changed the distributor on the Seacow, for the last of the RBS overhauled ones. There was no gasket underneath the protective tape on the flange of the overhauled one, but we had examined the one that came off which,after cleaning,  we put back on, as it was of substantial rubber construction and OK.
I then ran the brake test again, as instructed by Richard. After a brake application we monitored it for twelve minutes. There was no drop on the gauge at all and no unexplained noise from the distributor.  
We the went for a coffee break. We came back after twenty minutes and still no movement on the gauges and the brakes were still hard on. 
To test other functionality, we released the brakes and then Bryan pulled the string to put them on again – all OK. 
We also spent further time today tidying up the depot. All the scrap portacabin windows have been stripped and a dumpy bag of aluminium scrap assembled in the front of the depot, ready for the next Clancy load.
All the work surfaces have been cleared of electrical gear awaiting PAT testing.When we have a date for this I will advise which cupboards contain which tools.
The centre aisle has been further cleared and the steel stock holding moved back so that there is now more room on the pit road. There is now room for shunter 16 at the back plus suitable gaps between that, a Sealion and the tamper.
Sun 19th March
Good day tamping today at MP 14 1/4, the dog leg transition at that area is more or less perfect after boxing in with ALC, whole of the site looks very good indeed, although some large slews involved at places, we are happy with the joints as we don’t appear to have reduced any gaps.
Only a small site selected today to allow time for revised Tamper POCA-001 competency assessment of Duncan, who is now fully passed out on 73250 (well done Duncan)!
Wed 22nd March

All went well again on Wednesday.

We first went to MP17.1/4 where I went with Nick and Richard on the regulator to level the ballast from there up to Bridge 20 then on to Fen Bog and Saddler House. Duncan and Peter followed on the tamper up to Goathland ground frame where the machines swapped position.

It was then back to Fen Bog for out first tamp. With ALC on we measured the site, selected the best design then Duncan operated the machine with Peter in the tower. After Nick and Richard had filled in beds we did a post measurement then went on to Saddler House to do the same again. This time Peter operated while Duncan went in the tower.

There were no major issues other than a leak of gear oil out of the front bogie and a hydraulic leak from a pipe on the right side above the front bogie. Duncan will look at these next time he is in.

Yesterday was perhaps Nick’s only daylight chance to take this photo opportunity.
A quick stop in section, correction- a quick stop in the engineering possession, whilst  in transit between tamping  Fen Bog and Sadler House.
We had regulated the  DB ballast train drop from Bridge 20 down Northdale, on the way up. That stretch is probably going to be a night time tamping job later in the year. 
 As we finished the New Bridge relay on Tuesday this week, it’s almost time to start playing trains again. 
Tues 28th March
Richard and Nick in today.
Richard spent the day investigated the poor starting problem with the regulator. After cleaning all the electrical connections in the starter switch and the wires into the starter motor,with no improvement, he then ran a duplicate wire from the switch to the starter motor. It fired first time  in each of three trial start ups. 
If only we had a diagram to show where this wire ran, which has prevented a close loo to see where the fault in the wire is.
A new permanent by pass wire has now been installed, though as we could not quite find enough of the right gauge in one piece, a joint is necessary. This will be soldered and sheathed next Tuesday.  
I’ve started tidying up some of the worst of the regulator paintwork in preparation for its big day next month and will tidy up ( empty) the cab next week.
The parts to be removed for overhaul, have had a good squirt of WD40 in preparation.
One full between the ribs side panel has today been needle gunned, disc and belt sanded and given a coat of  corrosion inhibitor green primer. There has been lots of badly applied yellow paint on top of muck in the past  – it came off in sheets in places. The new access platform is very comfortable for siting on ,with a lump of carpet, whilst working on the centre section.
It has come up quite well. 
Fri 31st March.
Bryan and Nick in attendance.
I spent most of the day with the needle gun – as a result, another full side panel of the Sealion now prepared and painted in green primer.
By using the working at height platform and the single wooden step as a stool , managed to do most of this comfortably sat down. 
Bryan complete digging out a rotten patch in snowplough 18’s sloping front, manufactured a suitable fill in piece and timber treated it. 
In rest periods in between needle gunning, I continued with paintwork touching up on the regulator and emptied the cab of tools and equipment ready for volunteer day.
I’ve loaded it all on the smaller of the two shed trolleys in the centre aisle, leaving the bigger one for anything that needs to be temporarily removed from the tamper. 
Bryan finished off the needle gunning shift by switching focus to the south end head stock and steps. 
Tues 4th April
Richard, Steve and I in attendance today. 
Richard gave an air brake system  ‘teach in’ to Kieran and two of his team from C & W this morning. 
We have agreed with Kieran to send both Seacow and Sealion to C & W shortly for lifting and bogie examination,having agreed the best method of lifting them – in the clear of obstruction part of the framing just off centre of the bogie pivot. 
Kieran reckons he only needs a week to complete the task and suggest a swop with car 79 so it can be shot blasted in NB yard whilst they are away. 
Might it make sense to have as many brake parts of the Sealion ,that C & W are going to service, to be loosened ready for lifting off when they get there ?  
Steve initially looked at the innards of the failed ballast regulator 24v/12v converter on the bench,but could see no obvious reason for the fluctuating output. He then, with assistance from the rest of the team, extracted the air reservoir from the sealion. It is now being cleaned up before sending it to Grosmont for test.
 The next item for removal was the air brake cylinder -this resisted all attempts so will now have to have the nuts warmed up or gas axed.
Another chunk of the Sealion panelling has been needle gunned and a start made on servicing the brake system.
Thurs 6th April
Bryan and Nick in attendance.
Plough 18
More work on west prow timber repair and preparation for partial repainting of this part.
Ballast Regulator
Touch up gloss paintwork to west side 
Sealion DB982595
Another side panel needle gunned and anti-corrosive primer paint applied, plus further  needle gunning and primer application around the south veranda.
We plan to heat treat and straighten some of the bent bits next Thursday. 
Tues 11th April.
Today, Richard & Steve initially tackled the new 24/12 converter for the CCTV system on the ballast regulator. Same failure as before initially, but after a lot of work (I was not party to the technicalities!) , a new earth lead was connected and it works fine now.
They both then moved on  to the  Sealion and commenced stripping the AFI pipework and cylinders , after making careful notes and taking photographs of where everything went.
Richard has been taking fittings apart to see what they do exactly – all part of the education procedure for this unfamiliar system. The main aim today was to remove as much as possible, to make it easier for C & W to lift off the two vacuum cylinders for overhaul, after the  wagon goes down to their yard on Thursday. I understand C & W are coming to collect the Seacow & Sealion, as a return trip, as they are dropping Pullman Car 79 off for sand blasting in our yard first. 
I needle gunned, prepared and painted another panel on the Sealion and completed the outstanding wood primer application to Plough 18.
Thurs 13th April.
Bryan and Nick in today.
Seacow DB982667/Sealion DB982595  
Both wagons collected by C & W this morning after dropping off Pullman car 79 .
Kieran aware of the requirement to remove the air brake cylinder and the two vacuum cylinders for them to service before he sends the Sealion back post- bogie lift. Pointed out the vacuum release valve unit has been separated from the smaller vacuum cylinder,in preparation  and the potential for this cylinder to be of the sliding band type rather than rolling ring.
Advised him that Richard K would like to look into this when it is stripped and also to be present at the bogie lift.
Mushroom took the Sealion air reservoir  in the MPD pick up back with him, for it’s 10 year test. It was labelled up in preparation,to help ensure it comes back to the right place.  
Snowplough 18    
Sealant applied to joints in the prow timbers. This area now ready for completion of undercoat and gloss painting next week. .  
Brake van B955225
Stripping of T & G boarding on the south veranda commenced today, along with an exploratory dig in the cross framing to ascertain amount of work required.  Measurements taken to quantify quantity of new T & G boarding to order, along with samples for the supplier as a guide and initial needle gunning undertaken at the north end. 
We were joined by new volunteer Richard Carass for this work in the depot today, after he had assisted  with various types of yard duty – all giving him a general idea of the variety of tasks we carry out. 
Richard C proposes to attend two days per week and, as he lives fairly close to me, is coming with me next Tuesday  to meet the Tuesday depot squad. 
As we are temporarily missing the Sealion,for a week or so, the above brake van will be receiving the main benefit of the diversion of labour, though we have a few dismantled Sealion parts on hand, to deal with as well.  
Sun 16th April
Neil, Phil and John out referruling at Farworth
Martyn and Duncan removing the tamper remains from the bogies.
Bryan on the Plough filling in and also on the Brake van 955255
Tues 18th April
Richard K, Richard C, Steve and Nick in today.
F & B turned up with a forestry grab lorry first thing – unexpected . Good job that I knew that they were the haulage contractor for the timber,otherwise I would have had to interrogate him further as to his legitimacy!  The driver even asked me where he was to take it, to which he got the reply that he was the haulage contractor, not us, so he had better phone his office.
Anyway, he completely unloaded the WELTROL and topped up his lorry with half the contents of the LOWMAC. As the grab was foul of the head shunt some of the time,I arranged a block for the duration with the signalman, not that we were expecting anything back into the yard during the day. 
Before he went, he reported that the remainder of the LOWMAC was not a lorry load and he understood that he would be sent back once some more cut timber had been delivered by rail to New Bridge yard. 
Then the car 79 shot blasters turned up, set up a working at height platform, tapped the guttering with a hammer and then disappeared. 
Brake Van B955225  
Steve and  Richard C were today dismantling more of the rotten T & G timber from the south end and extracting the bodged steel work on the SE corner. It hid the same degree of rot as Bryan discovered on Sunday, on the SW corner. Hand rails and fittings were also removed today, for cleaning and painting.
Ballast Regulator  
After an initial  visit to C & W to help set up the lifting jacks, Richard set about remaking the cabin door locks so that the doors now shut and lock correctly. He also investigated what we thought was a grease point on the base of the brush box lifting rams, but this proved to be the bottom fixing pin of the ram itself,so it was left alone.
Note- The Sealion bogie lift is booked for Thursday, Richard is attending. 
Snowplough 18   
I sanded down both plough prows and blended in last weeks mastic application . As a result, the west side is now in final undercoat and the east side is now in first undercoat stage. 
Thurs 20th April
Bryan, Richard C and Nick in today. Richard K on Seacow bogie lift advisory duties at Pickering C & W.
Brake Van B955225 
Richard spent the day removing the beading, failed plastic glazing and stubborn rock hard putty from the south end screens and door of the van. 
NER Snowplough 18
Bryan and I working on the above.
Infill timber on the prow planed flush and primed.
West side prow now in final Indian Red top coat
East side prow now in second coat inter coat.
Both new bespoke skylights fitted and screwed and sealed into place.
Peter R – it only required a minor trimming of the roof framework for your lights to press down into place with a snug fit. We conducted a water run off test –  spot on. Thanks for your accurate efforts in manufacturing  these items.  
Further T & G panelling completed in the forward tool locker compartment.

Bogie lift at C+W Richard K

Both Seacow and Sealion lifted as planned, no major problems found. Wear on ferrobestos rubbing surfaces within VTG overhaul tolerances so my view should be good for at least 6 years.

Both Sealion vacuum cylinders and the air brake cylinder removed on Wednesday by Ian. Air cylinder to Grosmont today, 21” vacuum cylinder stripped overhauled, rebuilt and tested ok today. Flat top cylinder to be stripped and overhauled next Tuesday.

Basic process today with both wagons:

  1. Remove and run out bogies.
  2. Clean and inspect bogie and body center castings, side bearer rubber toastracks and steel rubbing plates. Replacing the bogie center casting outer seal as required (strip of dynamo belt on end !).
  3. Refit bogies.

Info: Center casting load is taken on a ferrobestos annulus housed in the bogie center casting, so no greasing.

Work outstanding:

  1. Remove axle end covers and inspect condition of grease.
  2. Sealion bogies to refit.

Tues 25th April.

Steve and Nick in today,plus Richard K helping out at C & W and Richard C shadowing Mark on track walking.
Snowplough 18
East side prow and door step now in Indian Red gloss and the adjacent repaired slope now in final inter coat red – just the gloss finish to do on this bit on Thursday, to complete.
Brake Van B955225
Two more bodged threshold steel work sections cut out and the rot underneath shovelled out.
The rotten steel sheet at the north end and a lot more grab rails have been removed, to facilitate easier access to the timber work underneath.
Four grab rail sections needle gunned, sanded and primed.
A start on removing the rotten west side T & G panelling, revealed  that the cross veranda planking is the same as the internal planking in the saloon. The bottom section of this internal panelling needs replacing,
25th April, Sealion 21″ and 24″ vacuum cylinders overhaul and testing. Pickering C&W.


Flat top vacuum cylinder is a rolling ring type with a 24” dia cylinder. The same cylinder as fitted to Gresley coaches, so we have access to consumables.
Rolling ring was stretched with twisting marks and piston rod seal was broken up, both renewed.
Both 24” and 21” direct admission application valves cleaned externally and release valve bellows renewed. This type of application valve is not fitted vacuum brake cylinders of any other NYMR vehicle, so we have no consumable parts.
Both 24” and 21”cylinders successfully tested complete with their respective application valves.
Testing of these application valves has confirmed the purpose of the timing and storage reservoirs fitted to the Sealion.

Thurs 27th

Bryan and Nick in today. 
Snowplough 18
The external refreshing of the prow paintwork is now complete.
More internal tongue and groove boarding has today been fitted to the front compartment.
Brake Van B955225  
Previously removed handrails continuing to be needle gunned, sanded and primed.
Sealion DB982595   
Previously removed parts ,including the small vacuum reservoirs have been needle gunned where necessary, sanded  and cleaned in preparation for painting.
The unique vacuum release valves are now back after C& W overhaul and have been stored on the dedicated Sealion parts racking bay on the east wall of the depot.
Both vacuum cylinders are now back in the yard and Peter has been asked to fork lift them into the front of the depot at the first opportunity, to allow the painting of them to be completed.
All the long steel section and tube, previously stored at the rear east side of the centre aisle, has now been moved to the back, next to the racking. This work necessary, to enable the working at height platform to sit adjacent to the Sealion, when we get it back.
One or two lengths are slightly too long and in the way ( a bit ) – but hopefully this will be resolved once it is cut up into shorter lengths to repair the tamper doors.
Tues 2nd May
Richard K, Richard C, Steve and myself in today.
Brake Van B955225
As we have not got our Seacow back yet, the whole team was tasked with stripping (almost all) of the rest of the rotten exterior boarding on the sides. 
The whole end screen of the north veranda was soggy rotten and is now firewood or compost. The top rail was kept for a pattern and of course, for further inspiration, all the framework is still intact at the other end.
Misted plastic windows have also been removed from the north end of the cabin.
The west side ducket has had most of its fixing  bolts and screws removed ,in preparation for removal and access to the suspect framing underneath. 
Various removed metal fittings needle gunned and sanded, ready for painting.
Various previously removed & prepared parts now in green metal primer. 
Snow plough 18  
The new west side inner T & G panelling has had filler applied and then subsequently sanded . Cream and brown undercoat has been applied to the relevant areas of this boarding and the new framing. 
Suspecting that the deep countersunk pozidrive screws are not planned to be visible on a 1909 vehicle, these have had their heads brushed with oil based paint, ready for a filler application next time. 
New electrician volunteer Ken, assisted by Richard K today tested the failed roller door gear and identified the part responsible.  


Thurs 4th May.
Bryan and I in today. 
(Richard C accompanied the gang to Grosmont Deviation shed to slew number 6 road to extract no.29 and store 61994 in its place.)
Snowplough 18  
Bryan – East side front compartment interior T & G boarding completed and filler applied ready for painting. 
Nick – needle gunning, sanding and primer painting parts from BV B955225 and the Sealion.
Quick update Fri 20th October
Seacow DB982667 This Ballat hopper is now in service and has carried ballast with no problems encountered.
Sealion DB982595 – South end hopper, all steelwork now complete.
North end, rusted platework being cut out and new steel sheet being installed.
Brake gear being overhauled and refitted.
Paintwork ongoing, with some parts in Primer, some in undercoat and some in Gloss.
Nick has started on the signwriting so things must be progressing.
Vac cylinder due to be refitted in the next fortnight.
Brake Van  B955225 No new work has been done since the last update.
LOWMAC B905100 Vac cylinder due to be refitted next week.