Posted on August 15, 2016
Posted on August 11, 2016
It is with great excitement we can report that on the 15th August 2016 our Boiler went into the Boilershop at Bridgnorth. Without any delay, work has already commenced on removing the smokebox. This is a big step in the overhaul of the Stanier Mogul, and the countdown clock now starts to speed up towards the return to steam.
The boiler shunted into the boilershop ready for lifting off the wagon. Image: Duncan Ballard
The boiler in position in the boilershop. Image: John Oates
Neil begins to remove the smokebox. Image: John Oates
The smokebox door is removed. Image: John Oates
Ian begins work on the boiler. Image: John Oates
Posted on June 16, 2016
2968 / 13268 has been moved into the space vacated by pannier tank 7714, which has had its boiler refitted and is on its way to completion. While this takes us deeper inside the shed, it is much lighter at this point, allowing work which would have been difficult previously, especially to the left hand side.
Broadside view of the right hand front of the frames.
The reverser frame receiving loving attention before repainting
and storage prior to the loco’s reassembly.
Right hand three-quarter front view. The improved lighting helps, but space constraints on the other side restricts photography.
The area where the trailing sandbox used to be is now painted in gloss black. This will allow the sandbox’s return here once its own paint has dried.
The drag box area below the cab received some chipping to clear away accumulated rust. These longitudinal members will be retained, as will the horizontal stretcher below them. The upper stretcher has been removed to reveal this normally inaccessible area; but that component will be replaced.
The drag box area receiving attention.
View forward from the cab area, showing that the painting of the inside frames is complete, and the intermediate sandboxes have been refitted. The red paintwork extended only as far back as the firebox, beside this was black, as here.
One of the trailing sandboxes receives the treatment.
This is the left side receiving the inevitable cleaning, in this case to the motion bracket behind the motion girder.
This is the same area on the right hand side, not usually visible behind the
expansion link. To the extreme right is the motion girder, the bolt is one of four
holding the expansion link brackets. On the left is the mounting for the weighshaft.
Posted on June 10, 2016
16th June 2016 saw four SMF volunteers at work on their engine.
Prior to this working day one of the boiler shop volunteers had burned the heads from all the accessible rivets securing the copper firebox sheets to the foundation ring, and our thanks go to this unknown stalwart.
Also the previous week, the Left Hand upper slide bar was finally dislodged from its position, suitably cleaned, and laid beside its three fellows waiting to be sent for specialist grinding.
And this is the position it previously occupied.
The two rear sandboxes have now been removed from the frames for the inevitable cleaning and painting. This is that from the right hand side, yet to be cleaned.
The Left Hand water valve spindle’s removal gave problems in that the lower relay arm (arrowed) refused to come off the shaft. A combination of the oxy-acetylene torch to bring it to red heat and the use of a dedicated puller were finally successful. The threads, though, suffered in the operation and will need to be cleaned or recut prior to reassembly.
Further dismantling involved the removal of these two lubrication pipes, which then allowed the cleaning and painting of the frames and underside of the running plate to be extended from the area seen.
The foundation ring from another angle showing the work carried out.
The foundation ring progress.
Here is further evidence of his hard work on the foundation ring.
Posted on May 30, 2016
A reminder of our remaining sales stand dates this year. The stands will be located on the concourse of the Severn Valley Railways Kidderminster Town station, selling a variety of goods donated by members and supporters to raise money for 42968 and keep the fund running. We look forward to seeing you at our stand.
Dates for your diary:
Saturday 16th July – SVR Peep behind the scenes day – Small stand
Saturday 6th August – Small stand
Saturday 13th August – Small stand
Saturday 20th August – Small stand
Sunday 4th September – SVR on the Buses event – Small stand
Saturday 17th September – Small stand
Saturday 8th October – Small stand
Friday 4th November – SVR End of Season Gala – Main stand
Saturday 5th November – SVR End of Season Gala – Main stand
Sunday 6th November – SVR End of Season Gala – Main stand
Work begins on the boiler…
Oxy/acetylene set means there's business...
A boiler shop volunteer burns out the rivets securing the foundation ring at the bottom of the firebox.