Saturday, 29 February 2020

Cladding sanding

Rob and Joe made a start on sanding down 401s boiler cladding sheets yesterday

Rob applying primer

Primer applied on one of the larger sheets, this band fits around the dome and belly plate part of the boiler barrel

Katie carrying on sanding cladding today

Thursday, 27 February 2020

MEWP training

Some photos from today's Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) training session at Health & Safety Training Ltd that volunteers John and Steve, as well as museum staff David and Ricardo, attended

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Lagging installation

401's boiler receiving it's new rockwool lagging (insulation)

Carriage work

Today, volunteers have removed a broken running board from our CL MK1 for repair

More progress on its repair to follow soon

New shop

John and Bob's progress from yesterday and today's (below) on building the new museum shop

Sunday, 23 February 2020

03079 update

Michael D applying undercoat up top

Painting one of two of the smaller engine compartment doors

First top coat applied to the RHS cabside

Other door done as well and both re-fitted with their work plates
Top coating the front of the cab

Top coating the LHS cabside

Meanwhile, Steve and Michael W have been busy finishing off reassembling the radiator and grill

401 update

After having some crown stays caulked 401s boiler underwent a hydraulic test in the presence of the insurance inspector on Friday, which it passed. Work can now commence on rebuilding and preparing for the tank and cab to go back on. There is still some work to do on the boiler crinoline before the lagging can go on, this should be done in the next week, among some other little jobs as well

In this photo, Tom (up top) is removing the manifolds blanking plate before moving onto the safety valve bases which have been removed, inspected/cleaned and re-fitted with new gaskets

Over on the cosmetic side...401s 'lemon' lubricator is in its final stages of completion

Joe makes a start on sanding down parts of the cladding...

...then priming...

...for Michael to then give them an undercoat of madder lake

Friday, 21 February 2020

Ale by Rail 2020

Ale by Rail is back!

North Tyneside's most unique beer and music festival is back for 2020, find out more over on our Facebook event page!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

TSO loading

The MK1 TSO that came to us in late November for use at Santa Specials departed the railway early this morning and headed back home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Here, 03078 has shunted the carriage into position on the loading spur... it could be winched onto the low-loader

Leaving site

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Descaling 401s tank

Volunteer Katie inside 401s water tank today chipping off old rust and scale, this view is on the RHS looking towards the back

On the other side, looking towards the front

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

401 progress - caulking and more painting

Michael undercoating 401s lubricator

As stated in a post last month part of the reason for removing 401s cab and tank was to carry out repairs to broken boiler crinoline, the other reason was to investigate a potential leak.
This turned out to be several firebox crown stays which had been leaking. Today, boilersmith Adam from Northern Steam Engineering Ltd carried out caulking work

Adam caulking a crown stay on the LHS, video below

After caulking the crown stays and a couple inside the firebox the boiler was hydraulic tested up to 180psi, all dry
New boiler lagging (insulation) also arrived this afternoon

Finishing off the day with applying a second coat of undercoat to the lubricator and its brackets

Wasp stripes

Norman, assisted by George, begins marking out the back of 03079s cab on Saturday

First coat of black gloss applied yesterday followed by another coat today

Surface grinder work

Richard cleaning/servicing the hydraulic oil sump tank off of the surface grinder before re-fitting and replenishing with fresh oil

Tools donation

Another very kind donation of tools dropped off today

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Filling 401s boiler

401 stabled outside the running shed whilst 08915 was shunting in the yard

Once the yard was shunted, 401 was put under the water tower to have its boiler filled before being put back in the shed

03078 running

Dragging 03078 under the extractor fan

First start up since November

Running in the yard