Steam Shed Update May 2018


No.19:  In service and running well.  A set of Spencer Hopkins Gauge frames fitted with Klinger seals has been fitted with the new blow down valve ready to go on. 

No.7 (68007): In Service and running well although it urgently need a new spark arrestor made. The new one will be based on the the design fitted to No.19 which works very well. 

No.1 : In service and running very well. The issues with the injectors and back head fittings has now been resolved.

No.246 Morayshire : The repairs to the outer firebox wrapper and back head are now complete. Work is now underway to fit the new transverse and longitudinal stays together with fitting of a full set of new crown stays.  The mechanical repairs to the motion and axles etc are now complete with only valve timing and fitting of the side rods to do. The repairs to the tender tank and axle boxes is also complete and is reassembled.

No.419 : All the motion with the exception of the side rods has been re-fitted and the valve timing is complete. Gloss painting and lining is progressing well and nearing completion. The new smoke box has been fitted and the centre section of the chimney replaced and fitted. The smoke box door has been refurbished and fitted with a new protector plate. Major refurbishment of the back head injectors is complete.   Brackets to support the new automatic lubricators have been made and now the motion is complete installing the pipework is underway.  The boiler cladding and crinoline has been fitted with fitting of the water tanks due shortly. Work on this locomotive is now the main priority of our efforts in the running shed.

No.6 : In service and running well.  The damaged buffer has been repaired and refitted and the steam brake valve replaced.

No. 45170 (8F): The new smoke box door and surround complete with all furniture is due imminently. The tender has been split from the loco and moved into the running shed where work will progress as time allows.    the number of new covenantors joining the funding effort is increasing and we hope you can join us to see this loco in steam sooner rather than later!

No. 80105 : The wheel sets have been machined and a new set of tyres + 1 have been ordered. One new tyre will be fitted and turned down to suit the rest but delays in the delivery of the new tyres have held this operation up.  The axle boxes have been shipping down to Riley’s for re-metaling and machining. All the axle horn guides have been prepared for the return of the axles and boxes The boiler internals have been thoroughly cleaned. Work is progressing on the huge task of making and fitting of firebox stay nuts.  Fitting of the cylinder covers and slide bars have been made and the cylinder valves have been refitted. It will be good to see her back on her wheels!

DE165:   It just keeps on going!


Wash out water pump: In order to carry our effective boiler washouts and to aid ash pan clearance a new pump is being sourced to provide both a high flow and pressure.

Workshop Volunteers:

A bit mixed of late! Some new faces and some with a considerable engineering background. A small but dynamic team on Monday afternoons. Monday evenings have seen a marked improvement with some new faces. Wednesday and Saturdays are generally well attended with a good mix of skill sets. Always looking for new faces!