Since the last post in August No 9 has not been forgotten, but due to other duties that the team have been called on to do, she has been returned to the great outdoors. Work continues on parts of the engine and the firebox doors are being constructed, along with the guide runners. As you can see from the photos Alan is getting on with with this.
The right hand trailing sandbox has still to be formed although the parts have been measured and cut out using the plasma cutter. They await the welder! See photos on 18th July in Clean, build & Protect!
One of the next tasks is to examine the firebox, crown stays, and general state of these. It had been damaged and a dip is obvious in the top of the firebox. This will require the removal of the top of the firebox.
One of the other reasons No 9 has been left out in the cold is the Shed is rather full at the moment, as can be seen from the photos! Apart from the usual stock of locomotives, various lathes, boring machines etc. have been aquired from York and now take up a lot of space. The working areas will be re-arranged to accommodate these.
Work in cleaning the many parts we have already removed from No 9 will continue throughout the winter and she will be brought back into the Shed when space is allocated to her.
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