This week, all the new steel for the ash pan has arrived in the workshop. Thanks go to the Civil boys for picking up the steel, & delivering it into the workshop with the Takeuchi excavator while I was inside J549 blowing out the flue tubes.
The old ash pan hump sits idly by, looking at its new replacement having a chat to a freshly inspected J549
The boiler washout gave good results, showing a nice clean foundation ring & a good covering of treatment on the drivers side front firebox wrapper.
Today has been more stress trying to read photocopies of 97 year old plans to work out how much & what size steel to purchase for the fabrication of 160’s ash pan.
There is also severe cleaning & polishing of the second injector internals. Assembly of both injectors should be complete by the end of next week.
Friday 19th saw the boiler stripped of fittings & was washed out.
This week all the valve lapping starts.
This blog will include pics, news and items of interest from the VGR’s mechanical department.