The BIG News! We have now concluded the purchase of Glasgow built Stanier 8F TCDD No.45170. The locomotive purchase has been funded entirely by public donation together with a generous grant from the Hugh Fraser Foundation. Make a date in your dairy for Saturday 1st April when we will be having an open day to launch the overhaul sponsorship program. Only 3 weeks to go before the running season starts! It has been a very busy spell in the workshop with good progress made on most projects. A major shunt of the museum took place with Maude now moved to a place behind “Gordon Highlander”
No.19: Machining of the new blow down valve is still in progress, due to priority being given to other machining jobs, a new steam heat regulating valve has been fitted, the spark arresster fitted, new brick arch installed, with only new fusible plugs to be fitted before the locomotive will be ready for the start of the running season.
No.7 (68007): New steam heating regulating valve has now been fitted as have the new valve spindle seals. The additional coal rails on the bunker and internal bunker baffle plates have been removed. Machining of the new main regulator valve casting is progressing well and is nearly finished and due to be fitted shortly. The regulator stuffing box has been removed cleaned up and new packing fitted.
No.1 : The boiler has been delivered to site and the new smoke is now fitted to it but not fully secured until we can get it into the frames. The ash pan required to be completely rebuilt and is now ready to fit when we lift the boiler. All the copper pipework has been cleaned and annealed ready to refit. Boiler lift into the frames now scheduled for this coming weekend. Once the boiler is in the frames there is so much work to do!
No.246 Morayshire : No significant progress over the last month as the works have been heavily involved in getting the home fleet ready for the start of their season.
No.419 : Three of the eccentric straps are ready to fit with one still to be machined. LH big end bearing fitted and final machining of RH bearing is in progress. New smoke box wrapper being arranged. Once machining of the eccentric straps is complete new piston rings will be made. Extensive repairs to the ash pan have been carried out and is nearing completion. Gloss painting of the cab and bunker is now in progress and it is going to look so smart!
No.6 :Reassembled after its interim boiler inspection. Requires new mud hole doors and some new wash out plugs. Will be back in service in good time for the first Thomas event.
No. 45170 (8F): The tender frames are about as far on as they can be taken until we can get it dismantled. Attention has now turned back to the RH drivers and a through job of cleaning and priming is under way.
No. 80105 : The wheel sets have been trucked down to Reileys and are due to be returned shortly. Good progress is being made on cleaning and fitting all the lubrication pipework and the frames are in the process of being repainted. The boiler is now ready for the NDT inspection which is due shortly. The bunker is in the process of new plate being welded back in.
DE165: It just keeps on working!
The small radial arm drill has been placed in the workshop but still to be moved into its final position.
Water column: New hose bag is now fitted. The main water column isolation valve requires its stem seals repacking.
Coaling stage access ramp: The new access ramp constructed with old concrete sleepers and earth fill is now taking shape. A section of flat bottomed rail has been put in place on the coal stage but still requires to be anchored.
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.
See photos of activity taken by Tim Lockett