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The safety valves of 6989's boiler lift for the first time since July 1964. Photo Chris Tayler.

NEWS FROM CHARLIE JONES - OUR CHIEF ENGINEER - MAY 2017.

Work on refurbishing the boiler is complete and out of frames hydraulic and steam tests were successfuly completed and signed off by our boiler inspector. The boiler is back in the frames and reassembly of the loco is now progressing towards an in frames test as soon as can be arranged.

Work on the tender tank is on hold as we have had to divert all resource onto finishing the locomotive. We have arranged to hire in a tender for a short period.

Charlie

SCHEDULED WORKING PARTY DATES 2017/18:

 * Check with Rod or Charlie if they will be working this day.

17 and 18* Dec 2017

21 and 22* Jan

11 and 12* Feb 2018

11 and 12* Mar 2018

8 and 9* Apr 2018

6 and 7* May 2018

3 and 4* June 2018

1 and 2* July 2018

26 and 27* Aug 2018

23 and 24* Sep 2018

 21 and 22* Oct 2018

18 and 19* Nov 2018

16 and 17* Dec 2018

 

PROGRESS AS AT 21st November 2017.

CURRENT WORKING PARTY:

Charlie Jones (Team Leader), Jeff Jackson, Rod Wallis, Chris Tayler, John Spaull, Mike Tayler, Allan Vessey, Mike Barclay, David Sharp, Ian Mackenzie, Graham Hart, Steve Underhill (boilersmith), Graham Hope.

WORK IN PROGRESS
LOCO FRAME AND MOTION: 95%
Loco has passed preliminary fitness to run inspection of running gear. Driving wheel tyres profile confirmed in gauge for operation on current railways by qualified FTR Inspector. Spring tension being set.
 

TENDER FRAME: 100%
The tender frame and running gear are complete.
 
BOILER: 95%
The boiler has been refurbished and has passed hydraulic test and out of frames steam test. It is back in the frames and is currently being prepared for an in frames steam test as soon as can be arranged subject to boiler inspector availablity.
 
ENGINE CLADDING: 95%
 
One elephant ear to fabricate. Top feed pipe covers refurbished ready to fit.

TENDER BRAKES: 95%

The tender brake system is completed and requires only final adjustment.

TENDER TANK: 70%

Work on hold.

STEAM HEAT: 95%

Needs only copper feed pipe from cab control to train heat pipe fitting.

INJECTORS AND CLACK VALVES: 95%

Injector steam feeds complete. Clack feeds complete ready for final assembly. Injector water feeds need only pipe ends fitting when tender attached.

LOCO BRAKING SYSTEMS: 95%

Driver's vacuum release valve and vacuum gauge pipework completed. Ejector copper pipework in hand.

CAB 90%:

Cab controls now being final fitted. The cab floor is part fitted.

LUBRICATION SYSTEMS: 100%

Completed.

LOCO CONTROLS 98%:

The sanders, damper doors and ashpan hopper controls are finished awaiting final adjustment when boiler is in steam.
 
LIVERY: 60% 

Both nameplates, cab number plates, 38G shed plate and smoke box number plate are refurbished ready to fit (38G refers to the shed code designation of Quainton by Steam Railway some years ago). The loco will be finished in lined Brunswick Green with post 56 tender BR logo. New tender build plate 4019 fitted.

Painting of the loco is underway. Top coating of boiler barrel,firebox, smokebox, cab and splashers underway.

 

CAN YOU HELP?
We are always in need of volunteers to assist with the restoration. You do not have to be a locomotive engineer - although it would be great if you are - there is plenty to do for all abilities. See the dates when we will be on site above. If you want to help you need to be a member of the Quainton Railway Society - for insurance purposes. Interested? Contact Charlie Jones on 01525 635860, or Jeff Jackson on 01278 781649 (before 20:00).  

 

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23 Oct 2017. Final fitting of ejector pipework underway Photo J Jackson.

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23 Oct 2017.  Painting of loco progressing.

Photo J Jackson.

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19th November 2017. Cab fitout progressing well.

Photo J Jackson.

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19th November 2017. Smokebox painting underway.

Photo J Jackson.