Sickle's engine leaks "a bit" of oil - we knew that when we bought her, but really had not a lot of idea how much "a bit" was, other than we got her a long way home, and to a couple of shows, without tipping that much new oil in.
Having finally got her near where we live, I not only decided to do a full oil change, (as we had no idea how long the oil in there had been there), but also to clear an awful lot of mess from the engine bilge, (another set of clothes now relegated to "very messy jobs only" use).
Doing this revealed quite clearly that some oil was being dropped from one corner of the engine, but again we really couldn't trace the source, or still have any real idea how much was coming out.
So we decided to try and catch it, whilst enjoying a trip out, (any excuse, hey ?).
|Approaching Bulbourne Works|
|Part of the buildings are now a private iron works|
It is a great shame that the very historic canal workshops at Bulbourne also ceased production of lock gates quite a few years back now, and replacement gates used locally are now manufactured at least as far away as the Midlands, and have to come in by road.
|Crane that formerly loaded the gates|
Oh, and that oil leak ?...... Well I can confidently say it is leaking a bit, but we are still not really sure how much. I suspect a longer trip out may be needed very soon, as part of our ongoing investigations.
Cow Roast to Bulbourne Junction and Return
Miles: 6.0, Locks:0