No, we haven't packed up and ceased to exist. Yes, we have been a bit quiet. Sorry about that - normal service to be resumed but a number of us have had things other than RRRG to deal with and our day lives have got in the way.
Ian Kemp and Dave Rolfe decided today to tackle a job we started some time ago but ended up leaving to another day. This was to remove the remaining radiator securing nuts, so that we can lift the radiators out of 50030 and have them sent away for overhaul. Given that the radiators were most likely last removed at refurbishment in the mid-1980s it goes without saying that the fastening nuts were stuck on very firmly indeed. We had previously managed to remove three of them, leaving five left to do. A potent combination of elbow grease, tools (and broken tools), purple language and in the case of one particularly stubborn nut, chiseling has now freed all eight nuts and the radiators can now be lifted out. It's the seemingly little tasks like this that end up taking so much time. Photos courtesy Ian Kemp.