The 6989 "Wightwick Hall" Restoration Group.
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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 - FEBRUARY 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 as soon as can be arranged. Progress is currently being hampered due to our team being down to half capacity due to illness and recovery from medical procedures.

Work on the tender tank is on hold as we have had to divert all resource onto finishing the locomotive. 'Owsden Hall's' tender arrived at Quainton on 28th February.

Charlie

SCHEDULED WORKING PARTY DATES 2018:

 In addition to the following dates Charlie often works Wednesdays, contact him to check before travelling.

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

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 16 APRIL 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
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. Construction of spark arrester completed ready to fit in smokebox after steam test.
 
ENGINE CLADDING: 98%
 
Fabrication of elephant's ears finished, only banding to do. Driver's side top feed pipe cover fitted, fireman's side cover in hand. Safety valve cover fitted.

TENDER BRAKES: 99%

The tender brake system is completed and requires only final adjustment. Work in hand on 6984 tender connections.

TENDER TANK: 70%

Work on hold.

STEAM HEAT: 97%

Copper feed pipe from Mason's valve to train heat pipe and steam heat pressure gauge in hand.

INJECTORS AND CLACK VALVES: 98%

Loco injector water feed pipes fitted. Hydrant connection to be fitted to Driver's side pipe.

LOCO BRAKING SYSTEMS: 100%

All vacuum pipework, brake components, controls and gauges fitted.

CAB 95%:

Only steam heat connection to be fitted. The cab floor is part fitted.

LUBRICATION SYSTEMS: 100%

Completed. Valve chest feed pipes reworked.

LOCO CONTROLS 98%:

The sanders, damper doors and ashpan hopper controls are finished awaiting final adjustment when boiler is in steam.
 
LIVERY: 75% 

Painting of the loco is well underway. Both nameplates, cab number plates, 38G shed plate and smoke box number plate are refurbished ready to fit. The loco will be finished in lined Brunswick Green with post 56 tender BR logo. New tender build plate 4019 fitted.

 
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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8 April 2018. Safety valve bonnet fitted.Photo J Jackson.

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11th March 2018.  Painting progressing well.

Photo J Jackson.

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8 April 2018. Spark arrester trial fit. Removed for steam test. Photo J Jackson.

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27th February 2018. 6984's tender being loaded bound for Quainton. Photo Spink 6984 Team.