25 years ago today on the 13th April 1991, 2968 hauled her first passenger-carrying train since 1966. This was an SMF Members special, allowing those who had worked and contributed towards the engine’s resurrection to have the chance to savour her first outing.
Three round trips on the Severn Valley Railway for 96 miles of running, with 481 happy SMF members onboard, departed right time from Kidderminster station with nine coaches for 287 tons.
“So, at 9.45am on 13/4/91, she set out with her first passenger train in preservation. Apart from developing a blown gasket on the fireman’s side snifting valve, she settled down to give a faultless performance all day.”
Images: Richard Greaves
2968’s boiler has undergone Non-destructive testing using ultra sound which is why some of the boiler looks wet. The engineer was using the same kind of gel that is used on pregnant women when they have a scan. White parts on the boiler show which parts have been checked. The outcome of this process is data which the boiler shop management will use when they decide what work needs carrying out on the boiler.
Images: Robin Spain
It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our founder members, Phil Pixton. Our locomotive’s salvation from Barry can largely be attributed to him, and his dedication to its restoration in the early days, and support long since, is in a great part why we are where we are today.
Jim Norman, Archivist and fellow founder member, writes:
Phil’s lasting legacy is the Stanier Mogul Fund: its setting up was in a major sense down to Phil, and had it not been formed it is unlikely that another group would have cared for and tendered our engine so well. And so I have no hesitation in commending the SMF as a lasting memory to Phil Pixton, and to offer our sincere condolences to Carol, his family and friends.
In the picture beneath, Phil can be seen stage right, alongside Jim Norman and Richard Greaves, the backdrop being our locomotive No 42968 at Barry in 1973.
We are excited to announce that Bachmann Branchline have released these images of the engineering samples of the LMS Stanier Moguls in OO Scale.
The three models they will release will be No. 2965 in LMS lined black livery, No. 42969 in BR lined black with early emblem and our very own 42968 in BR lined black livery.
For more information visit the Bachmann Website
42968’s boiler has been brought down from the Up headshunt to outside the northern end of the boiler shop, where SVR volunteers can continue the work started by the Fund’s own working parties in preparation for its entering the shop itself later this year, when the serious work by the SVR staff can begin.
Images: John Bowater and Robin Spain
Today saw, as usual, work proceeding on several fronts.
The Left Hand expansion link was removed and is seen with its neighbour on a pallet to aid movement. Removal took an hour; cleaning required four hours! Such is the state that the hidden parts of steam engines achieve. The cleaning did though reveal the number 13268 stamped into it, so this is yet another part dating from the engine’s building over 82 years ago.
More work occurred to the driver’s side cab. A new vertical angle bracket had been made and temporarily fitted. The bent stanchion which attaches to the cab side via this bracket has been straightened and also trial fitted for marking out. Both have again been removed for further work
Painting, of course, continues, today on the cylinder. We decided on a change from the usual grey or black and this time chose silver. The Right Hand side was done this week, the Left Hand cylinder will receive attention next week.
Images: Jim Norman