From next month working bees will be held on the first Sunday of every month rather than Saturday. We have done this in the hope that more people will be available on Sundays rather than Saturdays when many people have to work. Therefore the next working be will be held on Sunday 4th November, 2012 at 8.30 A.M. Our main tasks will centre on the loco engine and cab interior of 1225.
The working bee today was a short one and involved finishing the removal of the Air Cleaner and gradually unbolting the first exhaust manifold casting to start working our way to the top of the first cylinders. Unfortunately we didn’t get as far as we wanted as we needed a rattle gun and an extension to get to a few of the bolts. Ready for September’s bee on the 1st. (Thanks to Dean Stalker for this report).
Today’s working bee involved a closer look at the engine on 1225. At the moment it is known that water is definitely in the engine of 1225, however the extent of the damage is hard to tell without the ability to get the heads off. So as a start, we took part of the exhaust manifold off of the 6th cylinder on the driver’s side and noticed immediately the lovely untouched black carbon lining … water hadn’t made it that far. So the thoughts are the water has gotten into the 1st / 2nd bank of cylinders … we won’t know until we finish taking the air cleaner off at the next working bee … to be continued. (Thanks to Dean Stalker for this report).
September’s working bee was spent repairing the doors on our QLX wagon that’s used for the storage of parts and doing repair work. Rust caused the door runners to swell jamming them so the doors didn’t open properly. At least now we can open the doors a reasonable width for easy access.
The first working bee for 2011 took place on Saturday 26th February. The cab of 1225 has been cleaned up of larger debris but still needs a vacuum cleaner through it. The resident 8-legged wildlife were exterminated with a thorough spraying from cab to hood. The turbos and exhaust manifold was also drained of water. (Info courtesy of Dean Stalker).
The track had settled over the previous few weeks so a few touch ups were made a few Saturdays ago with more Ash and Coalstone going under the sleepers to keep 1225 on the tracks at QPSR. 1707D has also had a pressure clean pending eventual prep work for painting. (Info courtesy of Dean Stalker).