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The ceiling So Close but So Dark

Progress reported on 18/11/12. Updated on 21/11/12.

There was a real push underneath this weekend with a view towards getting No.1 engine to run for the first time. There was a lot to do and only the short amount of time that winter days offers. Saturday was spent making the coolant system that had been constructed the week previously 'water' tight. Some gaskets had to be made but it wasn't too bad considering.

Sunday was spent returning all manner of components to the engine including an oil filler, throttle rod, stop solenoid, the fuel pipes to the tank as well as wiring for the float in the coolant header tank. All of this was completed as darkness fell and there was an opportunity to press the start button for the first time. The CIS was switched on, the BIS was switched on and with great anticipation the button was pressed. Nothing! It seems that the Start Interlock Relay 1 which is held in when the coolant system is high enough and the fire system is OK was not active suggesting a fault somewhere. It was too dark to investigate so the team retired for tea.

'Upstairs', a small team had spent time completing the panelling in the second class saloon and had began the process of trimming the boards to make the edges neat. On Saturday, one luggage rack was installed on No.1 side and all of the associated trim was put up surrounding it. The luggage racks are very difficult to install as one has to lift something very long high up whilst trying to locate a bolt into the holes behind the boarding which are tapped with a thread. Invariably the threads in the holes are full of paint and rust from years gone by as well. Perseverance pays in the end.

Still not a bad weekend, plenty of progress underneath and inside. Despite the disappointment of not getting an engine start it was still great progress towards getting the engine running with many components being returned to their rightful positions.

UPDATE: At approximately 09:45 on Tuesday 20th November 2012, Engine No.1 was successfully started for the first time in 19 years. Theres still some electrical quirks to be resolved before reliable starting can be achieved but it was momentous all the same!

Left: The view inside after the weekend.

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