Steam shed update 28-05-2017


No.1 on day of loaded test, ready to go, Waiting for light engine run to Kinneil, leaving Bo’ness and running along the foreshore. Photos by Rob Maclean


No.19:  In service

No.7 (68007): In Service

No.1 : Has been in light steam for the Thomas event and after some running in with in station limits has successfully worked a fully loaded test train up to Manual. We were very pleased with the performance. There were a few wee snags to resolve but these have largely been addressed with the final push now on to complete the woodwork in the cab and final coats of paint etc. We are currently carrying out some alterations to the front ash pan door to ease cleaning and we are awaiting a replacement set of fire bars as there is clearly an issue with the grade of cast used in the batch fitted.

No.246 Morayshire : Work is progressing on the boiler with the foundation ring removed, new copper patch screws fitted and crown stay replacement in progress. The driving axle boxes have been re-metalled and horn guides repaired.  The front bogie tyres have been turned.

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.  Gloss painting of the cab and bunker is now in progress and it is going to look so smart! Work on this locomotive is will become the main priority of our efforts in the running shed.

No.6 :Reassembled after its interim boiler inspection. Requires new mud hole doors and some new wash out plugs. Missed the Thomas event due to new mud hole doors being lost in the post! New ones have been made and we aim to complete its intermediate boiler inspection ASAP. 

No. 45170 (8F): A generous benefactor has offered to pay for an original style replacement smoke box door assembly which I hope to order shortly. 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 but a de-lamination was discovered so a new tyre is required. Good progress is being made with the piston valves refitted. 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 junior members of the steam shed are undertaking to fully repaint the loco. It sits outside all year and is beginning to look quite shabby. We will also do some work on the air braking system at the same time.


MIG welder:- One of the MIG welders that has lain out of use in the Romney shed for a considerable time  has been brought over to the running shed and brought back to fully operational condition with a new torch assembly fitted. It has a portable wire feed unit which makes it ideal for welding jobs on the locomotives

Water column: The main water column isolation valve requires its stem seals repacking.

Coaling stage access ramp: The new access ramp is now complete and is working well.

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:

Very encouraging of late! Lots of 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!