Restoration Works - 2012
Works appear to be at a standstill since the "roll-out" on 31st December 2011 - but we have been trying desperately hard to get the steam pipes bent to the right degrees.
Even a call to the Hollowell group, who had a gentlemanís name but did not know whether he still did any steam pipe bending and fitting, to no avail.
13th May the roller was pulled out of the shed to the machinery setup before the clack valve surface could be worked on.
Michael Alcock was very kind in offering to come and move the roller with his new Holland tractor.
The surface had to be cleaned 3 times to get the area completely flat - after the roller was returned to the shed.
19th May was the first time that Mark Rantle had seen the roller and came over to help with the hydraulic test - the seals were not sealing properly.
The inside of the boiler was warmed up with a small fire and amount water as steam to seal some of the leaks - when used the rust helps seal.
31st May Sean from Wreford's Transport with low loader - kindly loaned by Maloney Plant Haulage Ltd - ready to transport the roller - not in steam - to The Festival of Country Life at Lamport Hall.
14th April the weekend for the fitting of the big end bearing made by Sawford Engineering Ltd out of a lump of gun metal bronze.
21st April more pipe work fitted, especially from the injector, gauge glass and water pump.
22nd April some of the Community Payback lads offered their help with the rubbing down and priming the trailer.
The trailer will be used behind the roller to transport water, coal and some of the tools needed for a run on the road.
While trying to complete a hydraulic test we found the clack valve was not seating properly.
A date in May was agreed to move the roller out of the shed to work on before the start of the Rally Season.
By the beginning of March we did not know which way to turn, until talking to a small group of railway personnel.
A perky voice said where we could find a hydraulic pipe bender with a taller former - to stop the pipe work from burring.
Finally some of the pipe work with the flanges fitted and the new parts that have been purchased and made ready for fitting.
The roof had the toolbox fitted in and was waterproofed - a very messy job completed over two weekends.
We received the canvasses from Ellis Ropes Ltd of Loughborough, Leicestershire. We are very pleased with the quality and despatch time, ready when required and fitted perfectly.
Taking advantage of the recent glorious weather stencilling started on the canvasses - a task taking from 9:30am to 3:30pm, masking and painting, and next day a very stiff body.