I don’t really have the time for writing much at the moment so here are a few obscure photos.
This picture was taken from the inspection pit and is looking in through the back damper door of Countess. The glow from the fire provides the lighting. After the morning inspection and boiler blow down have been completed the locomotive will be moved to the ashpit and the ash and cinders seen here raked out.
The firebox end tube plate of Countess before grate was cleared and the fire lit. The lower rows of tubes have got a build up of clinker or ‘birds nests’ on them. If this is not scraped off then the heat from the fire cannot efficiently pass through the tubes to boil the water and so make steam.
A photo of the copper cap on the top of Countess’ chimney. In the reflection you can see the rails to the shed, the oil store hut, the photograher’s hands & camera and the corrugated iron wall of the engine shed.
A view of the under side of Countess looking up at the fireman’s side connecting rod, little end, crosshead and coupling rod.
This photo is nothing to do with engines. On the upper half of Castle Bank, near Coppice Lane, a hay bale has rolled down the field, cleared the fence without demolishing it and is now lying in the ditch at the bottom of the embankment.