Good progress was made removing the buffers and draw hooks for examination and any repair work required. Slight damage to one buffer inner housing and a broken spring which will need replacing. Otherwise everything looks good. One bolt was reluctant to be freed and required heat and the rivet gun.
The one bolt that required heat, cutting off and the rivet gun teatment - bottom left!
|Buffers at front of locomotive removed.
|Front end - draw hook still to be removed.
|Nick Thompson removing nut on draw hook.
|After grit blasting old weld appeared.
|Front end cleaned and protected.
|Cleaned and protected.
|Hooks, eccentrics, spring and buffers.
|Buffers with spring - one waiting for a new one!