I haven’t made much progress this week as we have all been ill (Australian ‘flu) and my daughter is now in hospital. It has been quite a week.

I did manage to fit the water pump and eccentric very early this morning so I now have some moving mechanical parts. The marks on the top of the eccentric are deliberate so that when I split the halves to fit it I could make sure that they lined up the right way.

I also refitted the buffer beam with its coupling hook attached. I think might tape up the hook assembly to avoid snagging it or scratching the paint work.

If we have anything like a normal Bank Holiday weekend, I hope to respray the rear beam with the red and maybe make some more progress on the coupling rods.