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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:

 Charlie will advise other work sessions as required.

27 and 28 Aug 2017

24 and 25 Sep 2017

22 and 23 Oct 2017

19 and 20 Nov 2017

17 and 18 Dec 2017

 

PROGRESS AS AT 20 TH AUGUST 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 currently over inspection pit to check axle bearings, all running gear fixings and to clean as necessary. Driving wheel tyres profile confirmed in gauge for operation on current railways by qualified FTR Inspector.
 

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, aiming for October 2017.
 
ENGINE CLADDING: 95%
 
One elephant ear to finish.Top feed pipe covers in hand.

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

LOCO BRAKING SYSTEMS: 90%

Driver's vacuum release valve and vacuum gauge pipework almost completed. Small section of pipe to be made and fitted to ejector.

CAB 85%:

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: 55% 

Both nameplates, 38G shed plate and smoke box number plate are fitted (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. Most of the green parts of the loco have had 3 coats of primer and one topcoat.

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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8th July 2017. Fitting of whistles completed. Photo C Jones.

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20th August 2017.  first three sections of boiler cladding in first topcoat.

Photo C Jones

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5th August 2017. Top feed pipe covers being refurbished. Photo J Jackson.

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17th July 2017. 6989 being shunted to adjacent shed inspection pit to check axle bearings and security of all fixings. Photo J Jackson.