Progress May 2024

Week Four A lot of prep work carried out on the 541 tender this week with areas that will be welded being measured, marked out and then ground back to remove the mill scale. One of the thick bars to which the door shut plate is attached was too corroded for further use so a new one was cut, drilled … Read More

Progress April 2024

Final Week Four working days this week.  On Tuesday, various parts that will fit to the boiler were taken out of storage including the regulator, its rod, the fire hole door runners and fire grate holding brackets  all of which were cleaned up, gaskets made and parts given a coat of heat resistant paint where necessary. On the 541 tender tank … Read More

Progress March 2024

Final Week We had intended replacing 4253’s brake cylinder this week but, despite being dispatched Wednesday via 24 hr overnight delivery, we still haven’t seen it.  As a result, it was all hands onto our new project – building a replacement tender tank for Q Class loco no: 541.  The old one was been delivered  and is currently being stripped of all … Read More

Progress February 2024

Week Four Over the last two weeks we’ve had a major clear up and rearrangement of the bunko booth so that we could clear a sufficiently large space in which to build the crinolines and cladding sections. We were given a damaged sack barrow so that was stripped and cleaned prior to having the broken section welded up  after which … Read More

Progress January 2024

Final Week This week started with removing the fireman’s side connecting rod so we could then remove the front coupling rod which had been rubbing the paint on the driving axle wheel.  The paintwork was restored and, while it was off, some marks were polished out of the con rod. Other work included silver soldering some pipework for the GWR Railcar,  … Read More

Progress December 2023

Week Four Approaching the end of the year and the overriding activity this week has been the preparation for and manning of the sales stand for the Santa Specials on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  There was much frantic ordering and making of various stock items that had sold out or were about to and the inevitable bouts of sickness meant some … Read More