Progress April 2020

Week One Still no work at Rolvenden but, behind the scenes, progress is still being made.  Boiler work continues with the backhead being marked out for attaching the new manifold pad followed by drilling and trial fitting. The initial sections of platework for 5668’s tanks are being laser cut and folded and Dave S has been busy at home varnishing the … Read More

Progress March 2020

Week 4 Not much to report given that the Railway is totally shut down currently although, fortunately, HBSS are still operational up in Liverpool so work on the boiler continues.  After a bit of hassle we managed to get the manifold pad delivered up there so it can be attached to the backhead.  Here are some of the photos from HBSS starting … Read More

Progress February 2020

The boiler fund appeal has started well so don’t get left behind – go to the ‘How You Can Help’ page to buy a share. Week Four Tuesday saw more work on the 5668 tank sections with rivets being pounded out and the dressing back of areas where the cut up angle sections had been welded together again last week. … Read More

Progress January 2020

Week 4 On Monday the boiler was lifted out, loaded onto a lorry and headed off to HBSS in Liverpool. This left us to rebuild the end wall of the boiler house and effect some repairs where the weather has taken its toll over the years.  The manifold pad removed last week was cleaned up in preparation for having a … Read More

Progress December 2019

Week 4 Christmas week but we still kept soldiering on.   Monday and Tuesday were the last two days of the Santa Specials so the sales team were kept fully occupied raising funds for the project.  A sincere thank you is in order to all those shareholders who turned out to help man the stand over the whole ten days.  Everyone took … Read More

Progress November 2019

Final Week Despite working on five days this week we haven’t actually done anything on the loco.  Reason is that this is our busiest fundraising period with ten days of manning our sales stand during the running of the Santa Specials.  Tuesday involved gathering together all the stuff we were going to need, Thursday was transporting and erecting the gazebo … Read More

Progress October 2019

Week 4 This week’s work started with the concrete pour for our new entrance ramp followed by some floor painting.  The boiler expansion brackets were needle gunned to get the rust out of the hollows on the back that accommodate the boiler’s stay heads after which they were given a coat of heat resistant paint. In preparation for Sunday’s riveting … Read More