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Progress Update, 12th January 2013

posted 12 Jan 2013, 10:30 by Derek Pattenson
A new year, a new workplace! With heavy rain and people delayed due to the Sandbanks ferry being cancelled due to high tides, we got off to a slightly late and very soggy start. However around a dozen of us set to all over and around May, including some new joiners - Sygnets and leaders - on a major stripdown of pipework, cabling and other removeable parts. The guys at the loco shed have removed the bonnet covers and completed strip down of the remaining three engine cylinders, so May is looking a little "naked" at present. In addition to removing pipework from the engine bay and cab, other tasks included dismantling the oil cooler from the front of the radiator, needle gunning much of the bonnet framework, removing gauges and control gear from the cab, and finally gaining access to the exhaust water jacket. (It's amazing what access to a really big spanner can do - we've been trying to undo those nuts for two years now!)
Off the engine, all the components are being prepared for further work, with various cleaning methods employed. Underneath, a problem with the brake rigging has been pinpointed. Little jobs like grinding down the last few protruding screws from the front buffers have also been ticked off (so May won't gouge grooves in any adjacent vehicle when she's moved).  We know May can't stay in the loco shed for very long, a further short move within the Swanage station area is on the cards soon so watch this space!