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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 - SEPTEMBER 2018:

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 we are in the final stages of reassembling the loco ready for an in frames test during October 2018. Owsden Hall's tender is ready to run.

Work has recommenced on our tender tank.

Charlie

SCHEDULED WORKING PARTY DATES 2018:

 In addition to the following dates we often work additional days, watch out for email notifications.

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

23 and 24* Sep 2018

 21 and 22* Oct 2018

18 and 19* Nov 2018

16 and 17* Dec 2018

 

PROGRESS AS AT 5 SEPTEMBER 2018.

CURRENT WORKING PARTY:

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

Work in Progress:
 
We are in the final stages of reassembling 6989 for an in frames steam test during October 2018.
Work to be done before test:
 
     Final fit new firebars.
     Complete ashpan sprinkler.
     Finish cab floor.
     Connect loan tender.
 
Other work to be completed after steam test:
 
    Fit firebrick arch. In stock.
    Fit spark arrester. Constructed ready to fit.
    Fit firehole door deflector plate. In stock.
    Set spring tensions.
    Fitness to run inspection.
      Check all systems, adjust and fix snags arising.
      Make and fit copper pipe from Masons valve to train steam heat pipe.
    Painting of loco. Should be completed by end September.
    Arrangements are in hand for specialist to line the loco.
    Continue construction of 6989 tender tank.
 
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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28 August 2018. Paintwork nearing completion. Lining still to do.

Photo G Hart.

 

 

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21 July 2018.  Ejector exhaust smokebox elbow drain being fitted. 

Photo J Jackson.

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28 August 2018. Watering and sprinkler valves plumbed in.

Photo G Hart.

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27 August 2018. Rods cleaned.

Photo G Hart.