Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Winter work begins on ACC5

With Ashington No.5 now shunted into the workshop, extensive winter maintenance can begin

One of the more menial tasks, to begin with, is emptying the water tank, the boiler was still slightly too warm from the weekend to be emptied but this will be done tomorrow

The colour of the water proves the loco is in much need of a good washout

It was reported at the weekend that the fireman's side injector water handle was very stiff to operate, Michael removed the valve today to discover it was dirty and had chewed up it's packing

Valve removed, tank is still being emptied

Michael cleaning the valve after removing all the old torn up packing

Re-fitting the valve with new packing

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