Popped by the VGR today and J541 was running...
J541 was on a wedding special to Muckleford and back yesterday.
Yesterday (14/11/09) Dad and I were at Maldon working on J 549. We removed the automatic staff exchanger as there was a bit of rust in the cab which dad eventually cut out so a new piece could be welded in. At one stage being the unfortunate smallest person in the workshop yesterday, I had to climb into J 549's firebox so as to hold the end of a tape so the right measurements could be made for a new tube to be placed into the boiler. It's a prick of a place in the firebox, let me tell you! Ol' K160 has a hole in the steam delivery pipe from the smokebox to the cylinders so that needs to be replaced. J 515 has blown a superheated element so the rest of the elements were removed to see if they were ok. With the Maldon station building, the brickwork is sound which is very good news indeed. I'll put up some pictures from yesterday eventually when I can be stuffed!!