Monday, 21 January 2019

Jobs on 401

RHS injector removed to replace the gasket and one of the studs which was slightly too long, meaning it was digging into the back of the injector body. This then made it so it couldn't be tightened any more when it was leaking under steam

Joe starting to rub down the smokebox door for painting

First coat of primer being applied

Weekend work on D2078

Progress on the sanding down of D2078 made at the weekend by Norman

Saturday, 19 January 2019

First new step

Some of John's work today, making a new step for the brake van

08915 Gauge Repairs

Michael and Adam carrying out some repairs to 08915s header tank gauge today

This gauge is fitted in the cab at the very top, with the counterweight going through into the tank, this then moves the needle on the gauge depending on how full the header tank is. The header tank is fed by a manual pump which pumps it in from the main fuel tank

Steady hands required for some precise repairs

Clearing up the yard

Joe spent some time this morning clearing up the loading spur/coal road of any coal, returning it to the pile, as well as giving the rest of the yard a general tidy up

Friday, 18 January 2019

Brake Van Update

Trial fitting the outside ironwork for drilling holes in the new posts 

Richard lining up a corner bracket to mark up the wood for drilling

The general view of the new timber on the South end of the van. The cross beam in the middle was in good condition and has been reused. The rest will be ready for painting soon

401 Update

Following on from 401s first successful light steam test yesterday, the lads set to work on the list of things to investigate and give further attention to. Unfortunately the work was limited as the boiler was still quite hot from yesterday, meaning the water couldn't be dropped yet

Part of the cab floor was lifted up to allow access to the reverser quadrant which needed tightening

Michael fitting the dome cover

Meanwhile, Steve sets to work cleaning up the motion of any remaining grease that had been applied to protect the rods during overhaul

Thursday, 17 January 2019

401s First Steam Test

Firewood going in

Steve has the honours of lighting the first fire

Taking hold

After about 4 to 5 hours of gentle warming, 401 begins to make steam and the pressure gauge begins to rise for the first time since December 2008
Tucked up back in the shed. 401 was only taken up to 20psi today to highlight anything that needs further attention, keep an eye on this blog for more photos of work on 401

Work to ACC5s injector

With Ashington No.5 now further into the workshop, more winter maintenance jobs can be carried out

The RHS injector steam feed has been removed after it has been passing for some time now

Investigation into this showed that the guide on the end of the valve was too long and prevented the face from reaching the seat

This was filed to reduce the length, and now has a better fit

Work on the Brake Van

Michael continuing rebuilding the interior

Cutting new wood

John trial fitting the new bottom piece

D2078 start up

Starting up D2078 under the hood to give it a bit of run

Shunting in the snow

This morning's shunt, in unexpected snow

Cold start for 08915

Dragging the stock out of the shed

The line up

After 401 was stabled on the coal road, Ashington No.5 and D2078 were shunted back into the shed

Coaling up 401

08915 back onto the loading spur to pick up 401

Leaving the coal road

Shunting back onto the pit road

Compressor repairs

Contractor carrying out some repairs and general servicing to the compressor this morning

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

401s New Smokebox Door


After the repairs carried out by Tanfield Spinners, the door was sent to Northern Steam Engineering to have further work done which included fitting the handle, hinges and drilling

Fitting the door pin


New door successfully fitted

D2078 Repaint Begins

Today, Norman has started his new project of returning D2078 to BR Blue! Today's work has involved the first stages of sanding down the top of the loco, once work has progressed more on the brake van, things can be moved around and D2078 can enter the Carriage and Wagon workshop for further work

Watch this space for more updates on D2078s repaint