A real mixed bag
Firstly a big thank you to everyone who helped out at Tewkesbury at the weekend - a really enjoyable show. I would have some pictures but only ones are on Simon's phone and he hasn't sent them me yet.........
All available time this week (and that is not a lot), has been spent trying to sort out problems from the weekend before the next show at the end of the month in Holmfirth.
Finally got around to adding even more weight to the 3D printed wagons to try to tempt them to stay on the track a bit more often. The A has had a false floor of lead added with a petrol can load attached on top. The B has had a couple of lead filled 80 gallon drums and some wire fixed in. The C's have had the whole of the underside filled with lead and have done a little articulation thing on the bogies to stop them turning in on themselves.
The Baldwin Gas Mechanical was rather unhappy due to a wire rubbing on one of the wheels so in a move that seemed to take all evening I pulled out the chip and stay alive, hacked the inside of the body around a bit and refitted both. As you will see I can now refit the jack shaft which was being blocked by the chip - only thing is I have to find it first!
One of the Baldwin 4-6-0's has had some attention around the cylinders as it was noticed that it was shorting on points. When something fails at a show, I normally use the 'yellow masking tap of shame' to identify what has had a problem. Only trouble this time was that it took loads of paint with it. A good excuse to try out a three part 'real' rust solution I have had for ages. maybee a little too much rust?
Still not happy with the pick ups on the 20hp Simplex so have taken a leaf out of the Pont du Ferme chaps books and have added track wiper pick ups. Not terribly attractive but at the moment seem to be doing the trick.
And finally the Alco - problem identified as the stub axles spinning in the tufnol muffs so ruining the quartering. More Loctite 290 needed.