Progress April 2021

Week Three Work continues on 5668’s driver’s side tank which, as usual, means someone has to wedge themselves inside it to mark the positions for yet more holes to be drilled. After that, the panel concerned gets taken down and a set of calipers used to mark the position of those holes that couldn’t be marked from inside the tank. … Read More

Progress March 2021

We Are Back! Week 4 Decent progress this week as everyone gets back into the swing of it.  Luckily there are so many different thinks to be progressed that we can accommodate quite a few people as they’re all working in separate areas.  Tuesday and Friday saw more work on the baffles and associated brackets for 5668’s driver’s side tank plus yet … Read More

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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

Newsletter No. 9 – Winter 2020

In This Issue: A Year of Good ProgressA Riveting Good Read!Notice of AGM MeetingWhat is a Crosshead?Boiler Progress End of Year ReportStay With Us Appeal

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

Newsletter No. 8 – Autumn 2020

In This Issue: Stay With Us AppealConnecting, and Side Rod orderedWalschaerts Valve Gear for K&ESR5668 Water TanksBoiler ProgressGifts for Christmas

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