Progress January 2022

Week Two The week started with more prep work on 5668’s water tank with grinding back the welds on the newly fabricated length of trim capping, holes marked and drilled for the cab floor support angle and various other parts being weld prepped such as the floor to back panels angle seen here which subsequently had mastic applied before being … Read More

Progress December 2021

Week Three Due to the number of clocks we sold last weekend, most of the team were pressed into producing new ones on Tuesday.  The flue tube sections were cleaned of scale, the legs cut from round bar, welded on, cleaned up again and then given their first coat of paint. On Friday, the clock bodies were given a final coat … Read More

Progress November 2021

Week Four Tuesday saw most of the team spending the day drilling holes in the tank top panels plus drilling and tapping the stud holes for the side inspection plate. All the baffle angle pieces were bolted into place for the final time and all the holes reamed ready for riveting.  The Railway’s apprentice, George, started machining some bolts for 4253’s … Read More

Newsletter No 14 – Autumn 2021

Plug the Gap! Dave Dee Commemoration Bench Washout and Fusible Plugs Locomotive Update Locomotive Tank Rebuild Update Boiler Report Christmas Present Ideas

Progress October 2021

Final Week During the week work continued on making the various parts for the water level gauge. We are missing a section of top trim for the tank so a start was made on making that and the regulator boss was cleaned up and, after a lot of effort, the studs for the packing gland were removed as being too … Read More

Progress September 2021

The date for the unveiling of the Dave Dee Memorial Bench has now been set for Sunday 10th October at Rolvenden, 1.30pm for 2pm and all are welcome. Week Four On Tuesday, all the weld preps were done on the rear panels of 5668’s tank and then it was off to Wittersham Road to remove the couplings from 5668 which involved … Read More

Newsletter No 13 – Summer 2021

Sales stand and tombola back in action Weald of Kent Steam Rally Piston Power! Boiler Report Regulator Cylinder Pressure Relief Valves

Progress August 2021

Final Week On Tuesday, the slide bars were cleaned and re-oiled to ensure the crossheads move freely in preparation for fitting the piston rods to them.  The remainder of the cylinder cover pressure relief valves were tested, set and fitted to the covers which then had their mating surfaces cleaned up ready for re-fitting. Finally, the superheater header and regulator box … Read More