After the usual checks, new steam oil, etc it was fired up but despite coaxing, it would not run.
The pressure gauge seemed to be reading incorrectly, so a new one was borrowed from a friend and fitted and loco was fired again. The safety valve was adjusted to correct blow off but the loco still refused to run. Almost but no.
The loco was placed on blocks and an experienced steam modeler checked cylinder valves etc and the boiler was charged with air and it ran smoothly in both forward and reverse. We then fired it again and tried to run it again on the blocks but no success. Back on air it ran smoothly.
My experienced friends are helping and we are planning on running it for an extended period of time on air on the blocks to see if this runs it in.
Any suggestions? We have run out of the usual swear words. It is so close
Thanks in advance, Lloyd