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Restoration diary

As one of RRRG's electrical officers I will write about my specialist field as well as general reports of work on site.

Working party and restoration report 7th May 2017

Most of our efforts since Christmas have concentrated on preparing the radiator compartment for the return of the radiators now they have been repaired. It's been all hands on deck to clean up years of accumulated debris, attend to lots of corrosion, especially around the blower duct on the floor and the electrical trunking that runs either side just under the rad shutters. New steel has been cut for the blower duct, new stainless steel lids have been fabricated and fitted to the trunking, and the framework that supports the flooring alongside the rads has been repaired. Much cleaning of surfaces has also been done, and most of the compartment is now in red oxide. As well as Dave, Ian, Pete, Mark and myself, we've also had new recruits who joined us last year helping; Mick Wilson, Carl Looker and his daughter Sofy, so thanks everyone!

The radiator shutters have been freed-off where they were stuck, and all the fins correctly aligned, and they all work smoothly. Both shutter actuators have been removed from the bulkhead and one has been stripped and freed off. New linkages that go under the floors to the shutters have been made to replace those that were badly worn and corroded. New stainless steel lids have been fabricated and fitted to the cable trunking that goes under the shutters, as the originals were very badly corroded. Repairs to the supporting framework that holds up the flooring alongside the rads has also been done. The comparison between the rad room in December and now really shows how busy we've been!

Another new recruit Andy Blofield very kindly collected the repaired heat exchanger a couple weeks ago, and it has now been refitted to the power unit.

Radiator lift from 50030
Working party report 28th May 2017

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Paul Sturm on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 16:08

Oh my! The volunteers have been doing excellent work again! I particularly like the 4th picture in this report. It shows the mass of rust that needed to be shovelled out of the radiator compartment before any serious welding (Well done Dave!) and painting could be done. The radiator room looks so much better now that it has a fresh coat of primer and the louvre mechanisms have been freed from being stuck all those years. Great job by our new members/volunteers some of the more senior department but also an enthusiastic junior member, Sofy! Compliments to all involved!

Funny thought I had looking at all that rust......are you aware that the word "rust" is a Dutch word as well? It means "relaxation" , "time off work"! Same word, different meaning! The oxydized metal in that picture is called "roest" (pronounce as "roost") in my language. (Double Dutch you would call it):D

Oh my! The volunteers have been doing excellent work again! I particularly like the 4th picture in this report. It shows the mass of rust that needed to be shovelled out of the radiator compartment before any serious welding (Well done Dave!) and painting could be done. The radiator room looks so much better now that it has a fresh coat of primer and the louvre mechanisms have been freed from being stuck all those years. Great job by our new members/volunteers some of the more senior department but also an enthusiastic junior member, Sofy! Compliments to all involved! Funny thought I had looking at all that rust......are you aware that the word "rust" is a Dutch word as well? It means "relaxation" , "time off work"! Same word, different meaning! The oxydized metal in that picture is called "roest" (pronounce as "[i]roost[/i]") in my language. (Double Dutch you would call it):D
Andy Rowlands on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 16:28

Thanks Paul, we do our best, there's still some roost to get rid of yet, but we're getting there :-)

Thanks Paul, we do our best, there's still some roost to get rid of yet, but we're getting there :-)
Paul Sturm on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 16:38

What you call RUST, we write as ROEST and pronounce as ROOST (as in rooster, the male avian! i.e. the one that wakes you up at unearthly hours).

What you call RUST, we write as ROEST and pronounce as ROOST (as in rooster, the male avian! i.e. the one that wakes you up at unearthly hours).
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