Happy New Year All,
Spent a thoroughly good day yesterday at the Internal Fire New Year crank-up, contemplating the majestic Tangye MLD7 and its many stablemates. Food, mulled wine and good company were abundantly available.
The Tangye's massive size and whisper-quiet performance are an experience to gladden the heart of any of us. As many others did, I must have spent a good half an hour leaning on the railings and enjoying the spectacle. A lot of work was put in to sorting the main bearings this Autumn, and it has well and truly paid off.
The weather outside for the cranker-uppers and the portable Internal Fire engines was inclement at times, but it was nice to see that there was none of the namby-pamby nonsense of stopping engines and sheeting them against the rain. Some model engineers were also present, and one chap showed me part of his very interesting collection of models of various steam winding-engines from different coal-pits in the valleys.
Museum work goes on apace and the turbine shed is on the way, so the Proteus pocket power station and the Austin gas turbine will be in operation soon. Also the Sulzer early diesel should be up and running before the Summer. Paul mentioned other engines in the pipeline, so there will be plenty of excuses to make more visits. J