Thursday, 18 July 2019

Crossmember removal

Some photos showing the aftermath of the crossmember removal from the North end of the brake van

Progress with the North end overhaul is slow but more updates should follow soon

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Ashpan removal

Volunteers Michael, Carl and Steve have been tackled the removal of Ashington No.5s ashpan in situ. Here Michael is removing one of the cotter pins that hold the ashpan to the foundation ring

Ashpan free of the firebox

After cutting some parts out the ashpan could drop down and be dragged out from underneath. Current plan is to design and build a brand new one and scrap this one

Over on the cosmetic side of things Norman has made good progress with needle gunning and priming the RHS frames

The reverser quadrant has also been needle gunned and primed, as well as the two notched bars (on the right in the photo) which fit to the quadrant and hold the reverser lever in place between them

Oil line proving

Recently it has been suspected that 401s lubricator has not been working sufficiently, here Michael has removed one of the oil lines and blasts air through it to clear it and prove it...

Carl on the receiving end making sure it is getting through ok

One of the other oil lines, this one is fitted to the end of the piston rod. All lines appear to be clear, they have all be re-connected and will be monitored when the loco is next out on Sunday

Monday, 15 July 2019

Something different in the woodshop

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums woodworking team who are based at the Stephenson Railway Musuem have been constructing something slightly different over recent weeks, giant wooden lego style for the upcoming Brilliant Bricks event at Discovery Museum

Sunday, 14 July 2019

New mill

A new mini mill, that has been donated today, being tested in the workshop

401 in service

Today's crew, from left to right, new volunteer Katie on her first trainee turn, trainee fireman Carl, driver Michael and fireman Joe

Katie writing out the birthday headboard for a party group on the train

Carl driving

Katie firing

Keeping an eye on the road ahead

Katie having a go driving

Passing the South headshunt on the entry into station limits with the last train, video below

On shed at the end of the shift Carl goes round and covers the rods with a thin layer of oil which helps prevent rust

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Battery inspection

Consett Iron Company No.10's batteries have been out for re-wiring work and inspection with the hopes to replace them so the loco can run in September