November Update

The last working weekend was an 'extra' in our calendar. Several guys did work on the Grange but 5199's hero was Mick Prior who got stuck into a load of painting over a full three days. As we approach the imminent return to traffic, the full timers are doing all the last bits of engineering, but our team can still get on with the cosmetic touches. 5199 needs to be back in traffic for the Santa season.
Smokebox ring fitted
The Smokebox ring fitted to 5199. M Prior

The guys from Llangollen engineering have been busy putting the new smokebox door ring in place, then fitting the smokebox door to the ring.
Blower ring fitted
Chimney assembled with the blower ring. M Prior

Next it was the turn of the new chimney to have the blower ring and petticoat fitted, then a trial fitting and marking out for drilling, prior to final fitting. All the pipework had then to be fitted and it's virtually complete. Pipes for lubrication, pipes for breaking, pipes for steam heat. Mike Pearce has been busy fitting the valves back into place.

Work on some of the painting areas
One of the many areas receiving attention from Mick’s paint brush. M Prior.

Mick Prior, now has the fantastic title of 'Iron Horse Builder Renovation Officer North West Area Volunteer Inc Ltd' - it doesn’t get any better than that! Mick pulled out all the stops and primed, under coated and glossed most of the front end over the weekend and managed to put a coat of off white / cream onto the cab roof. He even found time to take the photo's you can see.

The cab roof in white
The cab roof in off-white. M Prior.

We're still pushing hard for ongoing funding for 5199, so if you want to buy a share, contribute to the '
Keep On Steaming' appeal, or give a donation, just contact me and I'll get right back to you.
The painted front end
Not much more to do. M Prior.

The next working weekend is 21st/22nd November.
Richard Pumphrey, Chairman.


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