THE 2018 4253 GRAND DRAW
The draw took place at the AGM on Saturday 12th January and the winners and ticket numbers were as follows:-
1st. Wendy Brown 07644
2nd. F. Lambert 54622
3rd. M. Burgess 05401
4th. Lynn Thorogood 30515
5th R. Finbow 11002
What's Happening This Month
PROGRESS DURING JANUARY
A busy week starting off with the making and fitting of new doors for our construction booth which will both look smarter and keep us warmer this winter. Work on the front wheel splashers has been fairly continuous this week with repairs to the original parts where possible,
new parts fabricated where the corrosion was too great and then bending to the correct profiles
and finally, much trial fitting and trimming until the fit was right and the process of riveting it all together could begin. The upper fireman's side slide bar was successfully bolted into place
and the initial alignment carried out. We have also started the task of riveting the new ashpan together beginning with reaming out all the holes
and then hammering the rivets home.
We have also now received the water valves back from machining so can start on making the support brackets and fitting them.
Saturday was our 7th AGM which was as well attended as ever and ended with the Grand Draw. The winners are listed above and our congratulations go to them and our thanks to all those who bought tickets to support the project.
This week the final weld runs were laid on the boiler repair patch
and a team from Quantum Rail came to NDT test the boiler welds and also the superheater header. Both passed with no problems.
The rear cab window frames were fitted with new pins made for the closing catches and brass knobs machined for ease of opening. The superheater header had the new studs trial fitted
and the completed dart bar was installed.
The upper slide bar on the fireman's side was trial fitted to establish the extent of machining necessary to get it to fit which appears to be fairly minor, the throat plate was moved next to the boiler so we can undertake the initial measuring and trimming prior to it being offered up
and the splasher for the fireman's side front wheel was finally located and dismantled as some sections need replacement given the amount of corrosion suffered.
A further section of the splasher platework around the vacuum pump was fabricated and fitted and, finally, the loco was completely sheeted over as, once again, we are out in the cold.
Our AGM is to be held next Saturday 12th so, if you haven't got your Grand Draw tickets, time is running out.
PROGRESS DURING DECEMBER
On Tuesday we all had a day off given it was Christmas but a number of the team were back at it on Thursday packing away and storing the Sales Stand until the 2019 events season kicks off. On Friday it was back to business as usual and first job was fitting the catch on the reverser the right way round. This involved making a new pin for the catch as we had to cut the old one after it proved impossible to extract the 4.5 inch pin through a 3 inch gap. The task of fitting all the eccentric strap joints with shaped shims was completed by Martin and the thread recut on one of the bolts that was a bit too tight for comfort.
The new retaining nuts for the straps were drilled out and the tapping of the threads started. As the bolts they're going on are 1 1/8" diameter this job takes some effort! The final fettling of the new smokebox dart bar was also started by Moff.
On Sunday, the tank filler lid retaining mechanism was tackled by Paul and Scott with the various pins cut, drilled and installed and the latches trial fitted.
The threading of the new eccentric strap nuts was finished off by Jerry
while others continued making the platework for the splasher shield around the vacuum pump and then drilling and threading the joining strips to hold it all together. Once completed, holes were drilled in the tank to take studs to which the splasher will be bolted. As these studs are only 3/8 inch diameter the tapping of the threads was a little easier and quicker!
There will be no working party next Tuesday as it's New Year's Day but normal service will resume on Friday 4th.
This week saw the splasher for the back of the driver's side tank to protect the vacuum pump cut, drilled and put together. The cab rear windows underwent more trial fitting and trimming back of the platework.
On Wednesday, our specialist coded welder and the boiler inspector both attended for the root run on the new section of boiler barrel
which, once completed, was crack tested and passed.
On Sunday, work continued on fitting the lower fireman's side slide bar with a final bit of machining on the bar itself, the cutting and milling of spacer shims
followed by endless alignment checking and adjustments until it was finally judged right, tightened down and split pins fitted.
New shims were also cut, shaped and fitted to the eccentric straps. Hex bar was cut up to make new castellated nuts to attach the motion rods to the eccentrics. The sales team have also been hard at work on the Santa Specials working all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will also be there tomorrow on Christmas Eve.
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This Tuesday saw most of the team on egg timer and clock body manufacture to keep pace with the level of sales being achieved at the Santa Specials.
The shims for the fireman's side rocking shaft bearing cap have now been surface ground to the correct thickness and the fit is now spot on.
On Friday the cab rear window frames were trial fitted and we need to do a little more fettling before we drill the fixing holes.
The brake beams had new castellated nuts fitted to replace the temporary items and the making of washers for the rocking shaft bearing cap bolts was started. The entire weekend was spent manning the Sales and Information Stand at Tenterden for the Santa Specials and this is a shot of Sunday's crew where the splendour of Kelvin's Christmas suit can be viewed!
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On Tuesday the remaining eccentric rods were fitted after a bit of last minute bush fettling
and then all the oil pot trimmings were fitted and topped off with corks.
The fireman's side rod to the rocking shaft was trial fitted, thrust washers made to suit and the reverser moved backwards and forwards to check operation. Others were hard at work making more egg timer and clock bodies to replenish stock which is steadily going out of the door at the Santa Specials. Friday involved more product making and getting everything ready for another weekend of Santas where many of the team spent Saturday and Sunday manning the Sales Stand. On Sunday, steel plate was cut to form a cover over the vacuum pump which necessitated slightly altering the pipework between the pump and the vacuum retaining valve.
The new motion nuts had the castellations machined
and new caps for the weighbar shaft oil pots were made. The fireman's side slide bars were offered up, measured and set but a little more fettling is required to get them just right.
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On Tuesday, the rebuilt radiator shutter boxes were refitted to the 350 diesel shunter, clock production was started up again for the usual seasonal sales spike and 4253 was un-sheeted and shunted back into the shed where, hopefully, we'll remain until after Christmas. Thursday, the sales team set up the Sales and Information Stand on Tenterden Station ready for the K&ESR Santa Specials. These started on Saturday when it rained for most of the day which is inclined to reduce peoples' willingness to stand in the open, chat and spend money. Many of the team were manning the stand on Sunday as well so the working party was reduced in numbers but we still made some notable progress. The eccentric straps had their oilways drilled and were then moved under the loco by Paul and Scott ready to be lifted into position
while the flypress was used to make holes in the shims that will initially be fitted between the halves. The straps were bolted up, next the expansion links were lowered down
after which the first eccentric rod was offered up and connected which, as the job progressed, appeared to involve more people
and still more
until it was properly in position. Meanwhile the shimming material for the fireman's side rocking shaft bearing cap was trial fitted, the position of the bolt holes marked and then taken down again for drilling.
Hopefully, now the inside motion assembly has been started, we can make good progress over the next few weeks.