• Overhaul update

    Posted on October 22, 2015




    A big move around today limited what could be achieved, but it did allow 2968 to venture outside for a breath of fresh air!


    Even so, work continues on fabricating footplate framing angle pieces, some of the new sections have been welded in place on the Right Hand side, and temporarily bolted on to the Left Hand. Once all the new sections have been made, all will be welded on.

    Work today, as well as fabrication, concentrated on reassembling the buffers. These have also been refitted, as well as the draw hook, although this will be removed again to replace the compression rubbers at a later date.

    Images: Jim Norman




  • Overhaul update

    Posted on October 17, 2015

    Pictures showing progress on 42968 by the volunteer
    work parties. Cleaning down, removing components is
    followed by examining the condition of the engine.
    Finally painting items such as the front buffer beam
    and buffer stocks.


    In the 3rd picture you can see the angle iron which
    supports the running plate had been cleaned and


    Images: Jim Norman






  • Driving and Firing experience

    Posted on October 16, 2015


    On the 13th, 14th and 15th of October the SMF ran its annual driving and
    firing experience trains for members. This ran between Bridgnorth and
    Hampton Loade with a full rake of carriages. The first day we had 7812
    “Erlestoke Manor” (GW 4-6-0) however due to piston problems we
    swapped for 1501 (GW 0-6-0PT) for the second and third days.



    We were blessed with good weather throughout and the smiles on the
    faces of both participants, crews and helpers were testament of the
    fun had by all.



    Special thanks go to the crews for their enthusiasm and skill, all the helpers
    for their hard work, Bridngorth buffet staff for looking after us and
    ultimately the participants for taking part and making it a pleasure.



    Images: Lynne & John Tidmarsh



  • Overhaul update

    Posted on May 28, 2015



    Cleaning and painting work continues, but another job has been tackled and is almost complete: the removal of the copper lubrication pipework and its annealing. Copper work hardens in service due to vibrations when running; annealing softens it again and avoids fatigue cracking in the future.

    Photo 1 shows one of the freshly annealled pipes, that to the LH cylinder piston rod gland, annealed and refitted.

    Photos 2 and 3 show the pipes annealed but awaiting refitment, all labeled up to be returned to their correct location. Also seen is the vacuum and steam heat pipes, removed to allow a clear area below the front buffer beam for lifting when the engine goes on to the jacks

    Photos 4 and 5 show that painting work within the frames continues, with flatting down prior to the first coat of primer

    Photos 6 and 7 show the water delivery pipes below running plate level freed from their brackets to allow cleaning and painting of structure behind them, but suspended by ropes in position before complete removal. Those on the LH side will need to to wait for complete removal until the engine is taken outside. The pipe need to be twisted around, but the engine is too close to the wall to allow this. The rear section of the vacuum pipe, already free of all mountings, will be completely removed at the same time.

    Photos: Jim Norman