Sadly the visit to Amberley on Monday did not materialise, and after a couple of days off at the beginning of this week, Wednesday was a Shildon day, highlight being the visit of Richard Gibbon to assess the Merlin Loco Group’s operations. Richard has also made a 7 1/4″ gauge steam crane and we look forward to seeing in operation before too long to aid us in understanding the workings of our own Smith steam crane.
Here Furness 20 passes the coal drops at Shildon with our Workshop Manager, Richard Pearson under assessment for driving.
Thursday was a day at York, for meetings and research. Lunchtime wanderings with a camera enabled me to take this shot of the un-sectioned side of “Ellerman Lines” – not something often noticed by many.
In the Works, technician and joiner Peter Alston is doing amazing things with the conservation of the 3 foot gauge Scaldwell ironstone side tipping wagon (acquired in the summer from Kettering Council and the Welland Valley Traction Engine Club) and it should go back on its wheels next week.
Meanwhile at Shildon (above) Richard has got the jib, boiler and chassis/winch unit of the smith Rodley crane all under cover in the workshop – one of his winter jobs!In the main hall of the Collection building, he & the team have fitted the second bufferbeam to NER electric No.1 and it now awaits drawgear fitting and final painting.