Over the weekend the "new" 108 recieved an FP exam, without any fuss.
Replacement air pipes for 50416 have been fitted and secured. This sounds like a simple job when written down after the event! The non-return valves were removed for servicing. The unloader valve was also removed and given a thorough cleaning.
The belts on the no.2 exhauster were also changed.
The 108 and 104 were also washed in preperation for running this week.
At the Midland a set of new door jambs were unlodaded and stored in the Gloucester Trailer. The false rivetting along the cab roof of the trailer was finished off.
The luggage rack framing has been taken home for work to take place. Pictured here with sanding down in progress.
At the weekend we had two diagrams at Llangollen, which included some multi working out in the field, something we don't do very often.
As well as an opportunity to ride on the both the new 108, and the 127 out solo. It was also possible to sample the pairing in multiple for the first time. It was also the first time the "new" 108 has started back from Glyndyfrdwy in passenger service from the down platform in the up direction.
Back on shed, the Wickham was treated to a change of engine air filters. This is a notoriously difficult job, but with some good luck and hard graft the job was finished. Some wear was found on the No1 final drive bevel gear. The associated air cylinder was already suspected of being worn, so the cylinder was changed along with the seals. The air pipe to the unloader valve was also removed to allow a more permanent solution to be found to a repair which was done some time ago.
At the midland a search party was formed to look for the backing boards for the Gloucester luggage racks. These where eventually found and dug out, before being cleaned up and shipped off to two members as homework projects. Another batch of false rivets where then fitted to the cab front roof line on the trailer.
At Llangollen work was progressed on the Wickham "C" exam. With a large number of jobs being signed off. Some bodywork damaged caused at the same time as the broken windows was also tackled.
It was a 108 weekend all round, with the two sets in use at the two different sites.