Yes, it’s done. Chris and Barry got the boiler boxed up and pressure-tested last weekend and, apart from the usual leaks, all was fine. Work has been on-going on the piston big-end for the port side, low-pressure cylinder so, this weekend, we will be raising steam for a mechanical test as well as making sure the boiler doesn’t go bang. There are, of course, a thousand and one other jobs to do so, over the next few weeks, we will see a veritable hive of activity (between tea breaks!) to get the old girl spick and span and ready for the filming.
Yes, it’s all done. Or, at least, it will by Thursday. Hopefully. On Wednesday the welding on the new pad was ground flat and new studs were drilled and tapped
as well as tapping in new studs on one of the existing pads. All that’s needed now is to re-connect the pipe work
and the hydraulic test can be done this weekend, once the boiler is boxed up.
Meanwhile, back on deck…
we have been busy repairing the skylight over the forward cabin. It was in a bit of a state and needed urgent work not just to make-good the wood but to try and fix a leak that had been causing trouble for years. Once the woodwork had been taken out and cleaned and the worst of the rust cleared, the woodwork was placed back and new angle offered-up
this new angle was then welded in.
Next stage will be to re-fit and varnish the woodwork. Watch this space!
Good news – the ultrasound test was fine (hurrah!)
Bad news – work still not finished (boo!)
As you can see from this
the pad still needs to be ground down and the studs must be drilled and mounted before the pipe-work can be reconnected. Once that’s done we can do a hydraulic pressure test and, if that’s OK, then finally, finally, fire up the boiler to run steam through it. All this and only 5 weeks until the crew from 20:20 start filming. No pressure there then.