Sunday – back to Rowsley. The “Renown & Replulse Group” (known to us all as the “Class 50 boys”) have a large (5ton) fork lift and were prevailed on to do the neccessary lifting of the racking, plus some sundries still on the ground since we emptied the Palvan back in March, into the VBA under Andrew’s direction whilst I was commanded to get on measuring the Class 14 for an engine mount conversion. For one of the things we have always disliked about the SRPS’ installation is that it is (a) rigid and (b) mounted at the flywheel housing and half way up the engine. Andrew wants a conventional mounting in anti-vibration rubbers, and plans to do it at August Bank Holiday, complete with hiring the railway’s crane to lift the power unit while the mods are made. All this requires yours truly to draw and manufacture a set of mounting brackets, etc., to fit first time after measuring a dirty, ‘orrible machine where accessibility is impaired. That, some tidying up inside the VBA, and Andrew having hurt a muscle in his back from over-exertion, rounded off another weekend.
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