|"Achilles" With Lamp & Headboard|
Having took the Saxo back down to the road, Dave & his son arrived with their 3.5" Princess Marina (Stanier Mogul). The two engines were prepared side by side. First I oiled "Achilles" up before filling the boiler with water via the hand-pump in the l/hand tank. With 1/2 glass of water in the boiler I lit the fire using ready soaked parrafin wood. The electric blower was then used to draw the wood fire before changing onto coal.
|Fire In The Hole|
The newly-fitted reverser spring (to stop her choosing her own running position) seemed to be working very well and I could leave her in 2nd or 3rd notch and she would stay there no matter what. Beforehand the loco would have pulled herself into either full forward or even mid-gear which was beginning to be a bit of a pain, particularly when climbing the lengthy 1 in 70 bank. The recently changed return crank settings seem to have altered the engines valve events for the better and it now seems to run much smoother at speed. I was impressed anyway!
Dave, as usual, was joined by his camera and kindly sent in the following 5 images for your interest. Cheers Dave!
|No Overalls Today - Shorts Weather! (D.Hanks)|
|"Achilles" On The Bank With Two Guests Behind (D.Hanks)|
|Eddie Relishing The Chance To Drive Something Of Quality! (D.Hanks)|
|Eddie Driving "Achilles" With Ken Riding (D.Hanks)|
|Me Back On The Regulator With Mum & Ben Riding (D.Hanks)|