Wednesday, 20 March 2019

401 blowdown valve, plan B

Blowdown removed

Studs removed and the face cleaned up

George starts making a new gasket

Putting steam seal and wrapping some horse hair around the studs threads

Richard fitting washout plugs on the backhead

Putting anti-seize on the next plug

Re-fitting the studs

Ready for the valve

Valve and handle re-fitted

Michael in the firebox making some adjustments to the rocking firebars

With the loco dragged outside, Richard sets away laying the fire

Lighting up

Sun setting as disposal commences, all was well with the blowdown valve however the washout plugs on the backhead have now annoyingly started leaking. They will be tackled on Friday once the boiler has cooled and they can be safely removed

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