Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sub-zero Restoration

With the test runs completed, playtime was over, and there was no time for rest, as the restoration work has to go on. In any case, with sub-zero temperatures in the Roundhouse, there was only one way to keep warm. … Continue reading

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1550 Horse Open Sleigh

33035 ventures out to the end of the branch After all the recent engine work, it was time to put it to the test, and so we arranged to take 33035 out for a spin on Saturday. Despite the freezing … Continue reading

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Back Home

Four weeks away from No 3 Road on the far side of the Roundhouse, and we were feeling very homesick. So on Saturday, we had  a big push to complete the engine work, torqueing down No 7 head, refitting the … Continue reading

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Piston Broke

With the No 7 cylinder head stripped down on the bench, nothing could be found to be causing excessive oil to be passing into the exhaust. The valves had little play in the valve guides – a common cause of … Continue reading

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Moving along

33035 made a number of appearances outside the Roundhouse, while other locos were being shunted on and off the turntable. Always a good excuse for some more photos to show progress on the external restoration. Setting off the newly painted … Continue reading

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Back to Black

In between helping with the engine repairs, our all action trainee hero Matt has been busy painting up the sides of No 2 bogie.

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Fitting No 6 Piston

This Saturday 6th, Kev returned to help us refit No6 piston and cylinder head following the repairs and replacement of the defective scraper rings. The picture shows a close up of the top set of rings. Just to explain, the … Continue reading

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On with the Head

Next job was to fit the rebuilt cylinder head, having lapped in the valves, shot blasted the valve springs and cleaned up the seating face for the cylinder liner. A new soft iron ring was fitted to provide the joint … Continue reading

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And Off with the Head!

News of the imminent engine start quickly spread around the Roundhouse and an audience appeared from nowhere. With the exhausts off, everyone was retired to a safe distance and told to plug their ears (obviously ignored). Starting the engine from … Continue reading

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