Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Don't Panic!

There is plenty going on behind the scenes and hopefully by the end of next week I will be in a position to let you know what it is!
 
We are planning our year as far as fundraising and information stands is concerned and we hope to be able to have stands at the following Bluebell Events:
 
  • Diesel Gala - 31st March - 2nd April
  • Flying Scotsman visit -  13th – 19th April
  • Branch Line - 13th and 14th May
  • Lego Weekend - 27th and 28th May
  • Model Railway 24th - 25th June
  • Collectors Fair - 29th and 30th July
  • Seaside Weekend - 19th and 20th August
  • Steam Through the Ages - 23rd and 24th September
  • Deltic 40th anniversary celebrations - 7th & 8th October
Unfortunately the Southern at War Weekend and the Vintage Transport Weekend are not on the Bluebell's list of events for this year, which is disappointing as they are both popular weekends!


In addition to these events,  We have been invited to a few model exhibitions this year too!
  • Wealden Railway Group - Steyning Exhibition - 22nd April
  • Worthing Model Railway Club Exhibition - Durrington School 23rd & 24th September
  • Sussex N Gauge Group -  Angmering School - November 4th & 5th
 This is an  advanced list and may be subject to change.

Keep popping back and hopefully by the end of next week there will be some news!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Is there anything happening?

Well, yes there is, but not too much that is readily visible!  Stuart has been carrying out some repairs to the roof of the Villa and there has been some restoration some of the smaller componentry.  On the fundraising front we have had a good year and are on our way to paying for a cylinder block, or at least the rough casting!  The wheel sets have been returned from the South Devon Railway and are now in "ready to run" condition (well, very nearly!).  there has been plenty of discussion on the restoration of various parts of the loco, including the frames.  It now looks likely that new frames will be the way to go.  Possibly no more expensive than repairing the existing frames and probably easier when it comes to the restoration.  The costs and practicalities will need to be finalised before we make the final decision.


I am about to put together a "review of the year and projection for the forthcoming year" together which will be published here first.  I am hoping to get this done by the end of January.


Clive D. Emsley
Chairman - The Fenchurch Fund
Project Manager - PROJECT 27
A Sub-Committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society
www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
 
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Monday, 12 December 2016

December Round Up

Apologies for not posting quite as often as I would like at the moment, unfortunately real life is playing a part!


So, what have we been doing over the last few weeks?


There has been much cleaning and painting of small parts in the "warmth" of the Villa workshop at Sheffield Park being carried out by Matt, Jim and Stuart to varying degrees.  Some work has been carried out to replace some damaged felt on the roof of the villa, some of which has been damaged by the weather.


The wheels have been returned from the South Devon Railway where the tyres and journals have been turned.  Whilst they were there, the  wheels and axles were ultrasonically tested and found to be in a good internal condition. 


We are still waiting for the final approval of the drawings before we order the cylinders for 27 and 178.  Hopefully these can be ordered soon in the new year.


The cracks on each of the plate frames has been re-inspected and a trial weld carried out on right hand crack, where a piece was welded in to hopefully make the frames good.  Unfortunately for some unknown reason as the welding was being carried out cracks were appearing ahead of the operation.  We are not sure if it was the wrong type of rod the different grades of steel or another reason, but it appears that this will make it difficult to produce a really good repair that will last for another 100 years.  Investigations are taking place to see the best way to proceed. There is a real possibility that we will need a pair of plate frames to be manufactured for the loco.


We are currently discussing the way forward from a number of standpoints.  If we do need to manufacture new plate frames there are a number of advantages and some disadvantages.  We need to bottom out all of the "pro's and con's" before we make a final decision, but once this has been made you will hear it here first!


We hope to bring some really good news shortly so please keep popping back.


We have four model railway exhibitions "pencilled in" for our display next year, all fairly local! 
  • The Wealden Railways Group Exhibition in Steyning on the 22nd of April;
  • The Bluebell Modellers Weekend in the summer;
  • Worthing Model Railway Club Exhibition in September;
  • The Sussex N Gauge Group on the first weekend in November.
We are also aiming on having a presence at all of the Bluebell Railway Event this year, including the visit of Flying Scotsman over the Easter Period - we are looking for friends to help man the  stand so if you know anyone..... (when we hope to be able to show you some proper progress!)


Clive D. Emsley
Chairman - The Fenchurch Fund
Project Manager - PROJECT 27
A Sub-Committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society
www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
http://wainrightsfinestsecr27.blogspot.co.uk/

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Monday, 21 November 2016

More original SECR information

An extract form the SECR repair book located!

I had an E Mail from John Arkell of the SECR Society (and C&W at Horsted Keynes) with a very interesting attachment.  He spent time at the National Archives recently and found reference to the repairs carried out on No.27 in December 1922. It makes very interesting reading indeed!


It gives details of the work carried out and the settings different items are reset to.  the boiler number is listed (No. 289) and the fact that it was given a new chimney!




The entry is signed by the Chargeman Mr J. Sharp on the 23rd of December 1922 There is no mention of the date the loco entered works other than the note in the "came in" column 1922, so there is no way of knowing in this document how long the repair took.


Anyway, I hope you find it as interesting as I did!


Clive D. Emsley
Chairman - The Fenchurch Fund
Project Manager - PROJECT 27
A Sub-Committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society
www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
http://wainrightsfinestsecr27.blogspot.co.uk/

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Time Team are at it again!

Original SECR Paint Discovered

Whilst starting to clean up one of the sand boxes on Sunday, Jim Turtle not only discovered sand that has been in the sand boxes for at least 45 years, and possibly from BR days, but he also discovered the original Ashford applied paint. Whilst knocking off the "Corn flaked" paint, and rubbing down what was below, several liveries were discovered.
Jim Turtle rubbing down the sandbox revealing various liveries (Pictures by Clive Emsley)
We are certain that the SECR livery we have found is indeed the original one as it seems to be below a layer of black, green and further black layers before the top layer of SECR style livery applied in 1962.

It is fairly obvious which layers were added in which order and by careful cleaning it will hopefully be possible to see the livery history of the locomotive.
The initial rubbed down area clearly showing the SECR lining disappearing below the later paint applications
In the picture above, you can see the original lining disappearing below later layers of paint.  It appears that the lining was covered by a layer of black when the loco was painted plain green during the SECR pre First World War period, and during it's ROD and grey liveried time. This can be seen around the centre of the picture at the edge of the rubbed down area.  There then appears to be Maunsell Green applied which again can be seen towards the centre of the picture and to the right about half way up.  The final layers of paint are black as applied in SR, BR and early Bluebell days.  The state of the original paint is remarkable bearing in mind it was applied over 100 years ago!


The original paint will be, where possible, protected following further careful research to determine the layers of paint applied.

Other work that has been carried out

A fair amount of preparation and painting on various parts has been carried out over the last couple of weeks and a jolly fine finish has been achieved during the work.
One of the Vacuum pipe dummies given a high sheen finish.
The vacuum pipe dummy has been stripped to its component parts, thoroughly cleaned and painted up to top coat.  This has been given a high gloss finish to protect it whilst in storage.
Footstep supports
The footstep supports have been given a thorough clean and have been painted black. these are located behind the footstep to give some triangulation and hold the step steady.
The footsteps and guard irons
The footstep backing plates have been painted up to primer stage following a thorough clean.  The top step angles are still attached as they are in reasonably good condition.  The lower ones have been removed and will be re-manufactured shortly.  All of the cast treads have been broken and a new set will need to be cast.  Whilst this happens, it will be investigated if any other SECR step castings need to be replaced, and if they are the same size as the ones on the P class. The guard irons also seen in the picture have been given two or three coats of filling primer to take out the pitting that has occurred over the years.  this has left a beautifully smooth finish and will look magnificent when painted into black gloss. 
One of the hooks to stow the coupling on when not in use
The hook in the picture is actually in very good condition, hardly any rust on it.  this will be stripped of the old paint before being brought up to the standard of the previously seen vacuum dummy.  This and many other small part restorations will keep us busy over the winter months, when we can only work indoors.

Thank you for reading this far I hope you have found it interesting.

Clive D. Emsley
Chairman - The Fenchurch Fund
Project Manager - PROJECT 27
A Sub-Committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society
www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
 
Why not support us by making a donation at
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Or for Text donations Simply text "FENC72 £10" to 70070 to donate £10
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Friday, 14 October 2016

A little stream reverser update

A couple more pictures from Ben Dingley


Ben has completed the manufacture of the studs which hold the hydraulic valve to the cylinder on the steam reverser.  This has allowed a trial fitting of the valve to the cylinder.


The studs fitted and the valve trial located upon them to check clearances and fit (Pictures by Ben Dingley)
With the majority of the major machining work now done it is a matter of time before the reverser can be reassembled properly and tested for the fit and resistance of the moving parts.


Amongst the bits still to do, or get, before a "proper" reassembly can take place include the delivery of a new set of piston rings from an external source and a new piston cover casting which will need to be machined to tolerance once it has arrived and seasoned.


A new Hydraulic seal is required to be manufactured from leather. This will hopefully be made in the Loco Workshop at Sheffield Park in the near future.  

We need to source a new brass oiler, which sits on the top of the cylinder, but unfortunately has been lost, or used on one of the other SECR steam reversers. Whilst this is a small and relatively inexpensive part, it is vital to the restoration of the loco.

A new link rod, which is part of the operating linkage will have to be manufactured or the original one located.  Again it is possible that this could have been used on one of the other steam reversers.

Once these parts are located or made, it will be a case of re-assembly and testing.




The Valve and cylinder assembly on the test bench.
Please keep popping back and taking a look at the progress as the blog is constantly changing as work proceeds.




We are still concentrating on creating a set of cylinders for 27 (and 178) and this will be our main thrust for a while.  We are always grateful to receive help with paying for parts, minor or major, and a set of cylinders is certainly one of the major parts of the loco!




There will be a project 27 stand at the Giants of Steam Weekend where, hopefully, we will be in a position to show you the progress on the loco in the last 21 months.  We will be setting up the stand close to the frames and on the way to Atlantic House, which is also open during the weekend.




Thanks for reading this far!




Clive D. Emsley
Chairman - The Fenchurch Fund
Project Manager - PROJECT 27
A Sub-Committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society
www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
http://wainrightsfinestsecr27.blogspot.co.uk/

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Or for Text donations Simply text "FENC72 £10" to 70070 to donate £10
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    - you can also elect to Gift Aid your donation;
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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Update 12th October 2016

BUFFERS!

it is the aim of Project 27 to return the loco to it's Southern condition as A27 in lined Maunsell Green.  As part of this we are aiming on replacing the existing SR buffers which were put on the loco as it passed through Ashford Works in 1960.  The new ones will be a set of SECR "bottle" buffers as seen on H Class 263 and in the picture below.  Unfortunately we do not have enough spare buffers of the right style to use, so we will have to have at least one new set made.
27 in the Maunsell era with the SECR Bottle buffers (photo from the internet)
Matt has been busy surveying one of the spare buffers and producing a set of drawings and rendered 3d CAD models.  These are truly stunning!

One of the spare SECR buffers stripped for measuring and surveying (Photo Clive Emsley)
The spare buffer was stripped to its component parts and accurate measurements taken of each components. As can be seen in the photograph there is over 100 years of wear on the components especially the buffer shank.  

With these measurements and other research a design drawing was produced of the buffer components and these were added to a general arrangement drawing.  Matt then worked his usual magic on these drawings and has produced some stunning 3d CAD models of the buffer.  They almost look like photographs of a real buffer!

Rendered 3d models of the buffer components (Image by Matthew Holloway)
When the CAD image is compared with the photograph of the original buffer it is possible to see the amount of wear the shank has suffered over the last 100 years or so.

A cutaway of the assembled buffer showing how the parts fit together (Image by Matthew Holloway)
The cutaway model proves that the parts fit and in which order.  This is most invaluable when planning the assembly (if we get that far!) 

3d model of the assembled parts fully rendered. (Image by Matthew Holloway)
The final image shows the fully rendered 3d CAD model of the assembled buffer. A fantastic effort by Matt to produce such a professional result!  A true taste of things to come.

In my opinion, it would be good to see these buffers on all three P class locos on the Bluebell (and  on 753 on the KESR!).

Whilst we expect to recreate these buffers it is a little way down the list at present, the current main priority for parts manufacture is the set of cylinders.  This is expected to cost in the region of £15,000 for a "ready to fit" set.  this is made up of having the rough castings produced and the machining to size within tolerances.  We still need to raise the majority of this amount to be able to go ahead and order the castings.  If you are able to help with the cost please feel free to donate to Project 27 for more details of how to help please go to the Project 27 page on the Bluebell Railway website or E Mail the fund at then address below.

Thank you for reading this far and for taking interest in the project.

Clive D. Emsley
Chairman - The Fenchurch Fund
Project Manager - PROJECT 27
A Sub-Committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society
www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
Why not support us by making a donation at
http://www.justgiving.com/Project27
Or for Text donations Simply text "FENC72 £10" to 70070 to donate £10
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    - you can also elect to Gift Aid your donation;
    - your operator's standard text charge applies.