Progress December 2020

Final Weeks Closed for Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions. Week Three A shortened week due to the Tier 4 restrictions arriving on Saturday.  Progress continued with 5668’s tanks having the top angle removed so the corners of the overlapping side plates could be ground back. The front sections were delivered during the week and, with much difficulty and numerous quotes from The … Read More

Progress November 2020

Week Four Tuesday was spent working on the one-way walkway posts which was a shame given that, on Wednesday, Kent was placed in Tier 3 so the Santa trains have been cancelled.   Not only is that work down the drain but so is our last opportunity for some much-needed fundraising in 2020.  Progress on 5668’s tanks continued with brackets to attach … Read More

Progress October 2020

Final Week The camping coach emergency exit steps are nearing completion with the main framework all welded up and painted and new steps cut and welded on. This project has also given us the opportunity to provide a bit of welding training to one of our younger volunteers as well. The staff transport overhaul moved forward with the steering re-bushed … Read More

Progress September 2020

Work has continued on a number of fronts this month.  For 5668, the remaining salvageable angle pieces from the bunker have been cleaned up and painted while yet more drilling has taken place on the water tanks with this shot showing holes for one of the hand rails being drilled. New runners for the cab sides doors were made and the … Read More

Progress August 2020

The usual three working party days this week with most of Tuesday’s work being restricted to indoors given the amount of rain falling.  Fortunately there were plenty of bits of trim and angle that had been removed from 5668’s bunker that could be cleaned up, painted, labelled and stored away.   The refurbishment of the forge was completed, the rivet rack was moved … Read More

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