Monday, 30 November 2020

Work on the brake coach

A section of rotten metal marked out for cutting on E43172's east side/south end

Michael applying body filler on a patch on the west side/north end

Jean sanding down panelling from inside the compartments

Rob sanding down doors

Steve cutting the metal that had previously been marked out

Michael welding on the north end

The patch that was cut out revealed rotten frame work underneath which will need replacing


Security lights

Richard fixing outdoor security lights on the side of the shed

And installing new ones


Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Brake coach painting

Two sections of brake coach no.E43172's east side receive their first coats of primer


Tuesday, 24 November 2020

401 steam test

401 has had a successful steam test today following a boiler washout and various minor repairs

Tom up top cleaning the tank

Later in the day, 401 was dragged over to the coaching stock to have some vacuum brake tests carried out following repairs the locomotives vacuum chamber


Work on Ashington No.5's horn guides

Part of Ashington No.5s overhaul has been to fit wear plates onto the horn guides, the metal arrived a week ago and in this photo, Chris begins welding on the first horn guide

First one complete, awaiting some further work on the mill

Wear plate tac welded onto the second of twelve horn guides


More work on 6555

John continuing work under coal hopper no.6555


Sunday, 22 November 2020

Brake coach sanding

Daryl sanding down the south end of the brake coach


Boxing up 401

Antony begins the 'boxing up' process on 401, in this photo he is in the smokebox, re-fitting the washout plugs


Coal hopper work

John (L) and Tom (R) working underneath coal hopper no.6555


Saturday, 21 November 2020

Carriage work

Michael welding a new patch of metal in at the top of the brake coaches north end

View from inside the compartment

Angus sanding body filler on the south end


Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Peckett paintwork

Norman carrying on with his paintwork on Ashington No.5's rear buffer beam


Tuesday, 10 November 2020

More metal work on E43172

Another rotten section being cut out on the north end of brake coach E43172

Michael sizing up the replacement piece

Tac welded in place

Michael welding


Monday, 9 November 2020

Work on 401

Following on from 401s boiler washout....this photo shows the washout plugs prior to cleaning

After cleaning

Mud-hole doors after cleaning

Antony (L) and Tom (R) have been tackling some of the winter jobs on 401, in this photo, they are cleaning up the rings off 401s regulator valve which has been removed again for inspection. Other jobs (which there are unfortunately no photos of) have included brake adjustments, firebox/smokebox/ashpan cleaning and oiling, repairs to the front damper linkage and some pipework being removed for brazing. More progress to follow soon


Sunday, 8 November 2020

Metal work on the brake coach

Metalwork has begun on brake coach E43172, this photo shows the area prior to cutting out rotten metal on the north end. The photo below shows the replacement piece tack welded into place

Michael welding

John applying filler on a section on the south end of the carriage


Saturday, 7 November 2020

Boiler washout on 401

401 has been out for boiler washout today...this photo shows three of the many mud-hole doors that have to be removed to allow the boiler to be washed

In the cab/backhead/firebox crown there are another 6 mud-hole doors to be removed as well as 5 washout plugs

The washout begins in the smokebox with any sludge/boiler scale etc being blasted towards the back of the boiler, then the firebox crown and sidesheets are washed until it all falls down to the foundation ring. In this photo, the foundation ring is being washed round whilst someone is in with a rake on another foundation ring door (out of shot) to scrape any scale out


Fence top coating

Rob and Jean top coating the new fence with Buckingham green


Friday, 6 November 2020

Work on the steam roller

Work on the steam roller progress today with the boilers barrel successfully being separated from the firebox and removed for replacement


Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Work on the brake coach

Jean working on the interior of brake coach E43172

Parts of the east side bodywork begin to have filler applied

Peter sanding lining off the west side of the carriage

Davy top coating various pieces of brake rigging