Thursday, 30 January 2020

Work to 401s kickplate

401s cab floor rear kickplate, that fits under the bunkers coal shelf, was removed and a piece of metal welded on the rear end of it. This is to stop lumps of coal falling underneath the cab floor

As well as given a fresh coat of gloss black in the carriage shop

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Platform painting

Volunteer Peter giving the white line on Middle Engine Lane platform a new coat of paint

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Work on 401

Adjusting and re-attaching boiler crinoline continues on 401

New piece welded in up top

In the carriage shop, Katie gives the lubricator arm a coat of primer

Tom stripping the steam brake...

...and fitting the trigger and ratchet with new teeth

Michael and Steve cut more metal for crinoline

Stripping the drain cocks to replace worn pins, the rod on the right in this photo is pictured below on the workbench

Measuring the holes, as they were quite oval they are being drilled and reamed slightly larger to get a perfect circle, then a new pinned turned, made to fit

Tom starts stripping the safety valves

Michael turning new pins for the drain cock linkages

First safety valve stripped, cleaned and loosely rebuilt. Ready for cold annual exam

Brake van progress

John's progress on replacing the brake vans flooring

Surface grinder maintenance

Richard sorting out some wiring on the surface grinder today

Exhibit drop off

Water trough and superheater exhibits being dropped off and stored in the RMS stores at Beamish Museum this morning

Monday, 27 January 2020

Radiator fitting

Another rubber gasket cut out for the top of the radiator on 03079

Michael W and Michael D discussing their plan on how best to get the radiator into position

Radiator successfully in, Michael W on the inside coordinates getting the holes lined up

Michael D on the outside doing the same

Friday, 24 January 2020

Exhibit move

The water trough exhibit was dismantled and moved to the end of the museum, by the door, ready to be taken away for storage next week

E4s old battery charger and its bracket was also removed from the pillar

E4 out

08915 was used to drag Harton E4 out of the museum this morning in order for one of the museum exhibits to be dismantled and moved

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

More work on 03079

Part way through making a new rubber gasket for the radiator base

Michael painting the engine compart interior at the front

Gasket cut out

Radiator base fitted

Work in the museum

The water trough exhibit in the Stephenson Railway Museum has had its ballast and side skirts removed by volunteers over the past couple days ready for it to be sent off to Beamish for storage, as part of the museum redevelopment project

Greasing points

Volunteer Davy oiling and greasing the yards pointwork this afternoon

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Monday, 20 January 2020

Work on 03079

The last remaining piece requiring new metal, which was sourced this morning

Carl reattaching the radiator side steps

Michael plasma cutting metal to be welded in. The horizontal thicker piece is placed as such so it can be used as a guide to keep the cutter straight

Welding it in

Ground back and requiring a little touch up in certain areas, which is shown below

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Work on 401

Michael begins removing very seized crinoline straps

After some cutting and chiselling, the crinoline is finally starting to come off for repair

Katie cleaning up the boiler barrels belly plate

Mud-hole doors all cleaned up and stored

Parts laid out on the bench for annual exam, including gauge frames, injectors and manifold

New gasket made for one of the injectors

Katie making gaskets for the gauge frames

Meanwhile in the carriage shop, Joe has had one of the metal plates from the cab floor, which sits around the rocking bar and damper levers, on the paint bench for cleaning and painting

Fresh coat of black gloss applied