Report from 'The Black Gang'...
Ashington No.5 passed her cold inspection on Wednesday after which firebars were put back into the firebox. Today volunteers, Tom, Michael D and John set to and refitted the manifold, clack valves, gauge frames & glasses, washout plugs, mud-hole doors and safety valves.
The fire was lit around tea time and whilst she warmed through the opportunity was taken to empty the locomotives bunker of stale coal/coal dust which tends to clump up in the bottom corners. The safety valves successfully lifted around 8:30pm
ACC5 is now ready for her insurance steam examination which Engineering Manager Robin has booked for the 17th May.
|View from the cab roof whilst the boiler was being filled up. A 13 hour day and a huge effort from NTSRA volunteers!|