Wednesday, 15 February 2017

No 27 back on the rails (well some of it!)

A short report on last weekends activities

Last Saturday Matt Holloway lead a team of mainly willing volunteers laying a short section of track just in front of the frames of 27 to put the wheels on.  This serves to stop any erosion of the wheels that were turned by moving them from the damp ash onto a more controlled surface.  It also means that they are at a better working height for some of the more ancient members of the working team and of course they are out of the way of the Class 2 project and other groups that use the area between the Villas and Atlantic House.
The track panel ready to receive the wheels (all pictures courtesy Matt Holloway)
The panel was made up using some of the redundant materials removed from the recent trackwork on the single line, thanks to the P.Way gang for selecting 4 decent sleepers and the short lengths of rail. (and delivering it as a flat pack too!)


The wheels were moved from the place they were temporarily stored and placed on the track in the right order and the right way round so as to reduce the confusion later.
Moving the wheel sets note the RL painted on the wheel
Each of the wheels has a code painted on them which signifies the position of that wheel when re located on the loco.  for example, RL can be seen on the wheel in the picture above. This denotes that the wheel is the Right Leading wheel. other codes are RD and RT for Right Driving and Right Trailing.  The same applies for the left side!
The Trailing wheels in position about to be joined by the Driving Wheels
Each pair of wheels have been scotched to arrest any movement of the wheels as can be seen in the picture above.  The Driving wheels are about to be added to the track.  You can just make out the protection of the bearing surfaces such as the crank pins and motion on the driving axle.  This protection needs to be renewed at regular intervals to prevent corrosion of the surfaces.
The wheel sets in their new home!
The wheelsets are now in a position that they are not in contact with the damp earth and being on a track panel are at a good level form working on them.  Now we need to sort out the painting!  This will involve cleaning the years of added paint off them and applying coats of primer, undercoat and top coat ready for lining when the time comes!  It is hoped that the cleaning and painting will begin within the next few weeks (weather permitting).
The wheelsets in their new home with parts from 34059 in front of them.
The work was carried out by Matt Holloway who had a good team with him and our thanks go to them too, they are: Georgina Geddes, Andy Kelly, Ben Dingley and Dan Roberts. Without their help the job would have taken much longer.


You will be able to see our progress during the 4 core days of the Flying Scotsman visit as we are intending to have a display and sales stand adjacent to the frames/wheels. 


Thank you for your continued interest in the project and please do keep popping back to see what progress we are making.


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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Thursday, 26 January 2017

An update from the Engineering Team


All notes and pictures supplied by Matt Holloway

A brief update to a cold and foggy start to 2017!

Behind the scenes the final touches to the CAD models and Manufacturing Drawings for the Cylinder blocks have been finished and await final approval by Premier Patterns who will be manufacturing the new block. Following a trip up to see Premier Patterns, and ironing out any nagging issues, we should hopefully be at the point for seeing a set of freshly cast blocks appearing in the yard at Sheffield Park some time this year!


On the frame front....


 Following some test welding on the RHS plate, which resulted in localised cracking, and another survey being taken on the state of the frames as a whole it has come quiet apparent how corroded the rear section of the LHS plate really is as well as the hap-hazard material Spec of the original plates (Remembering that in 1910 steel quality standards and composition did not exist as we know today!) Thus resulting in issues with trying to weld new steel to the unknown original steel frames!

Also to create an effective repair at least a 1/3rd of the rear of the LHS would need to be replaced as well as a section of the RHS plate of about 3ft!

With this in mind and the cracking of the test welds quotes are being sourced for the cost of a set of new frames plates.

Once we have an estimated cost for a new set of frames a comparison of the cost and future reliability of repairing the old frames, using more specialised welding Rods and material analysis of the original frames, against manufacturing a new set will be made.

Progress on the small part restoration....

Two new coupling storage hooks and one of the old ones used as a pattern

The two new hooks following painting


Spring hangers awaiting restoration

Spring hangers disassembled and painted in "BondaPrimer"
Spring hangers reassembled
The Steam Reverser Hydraulic Lock Valve Cover following priming
This is a small selection of the work we are currently carrying out with the assistance of your support and donations.  For this and more extensive work to carry on we need your continuing support.  Our thanks go to the engineering team for continuing the work in sometimes plainly awful conditions, to those of you who support their efforts and to everyone who has helped us get to where we are in whatever way they have.

Thanks for reading!

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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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A bit of a review of 2016


Well, what a year it has been!  Whilst there was not too much difference to be seen on the outside, there was plenty done behind the scenes. This ranged from cleaning and painting to the manufacture of new part.  The overhaul of the steam reverser has continued throughout the year, and of course there has been many sales and information stands during the year.


The drawings for the cylinders were completed to a stage where they could be checked for shrinkage and tolerances.  These have been prepared by Matt Holloway. Since the beginning of the year matt has also prepared drawings for the frames which were passed to us around Easter time. Later in the year Matt surveyed an original SECR buffer and prepared drawings for it.  He has also surveyed a bunker side which will be drawn up when time permits.  For his efforts, Matt was presented with the “Freddie Webb Award” at the loco department annual meeting, we congratulate him on this honour.

Thanks must also go to Roger Cruise, Keith Sturt and Fred Bailey for their help in researching drawings at the NRM and also for helping with the checking of Matt’s efforts.

Many hours of cleaning and painting of parts large and small has been carried out during the year.  The list of things being processed seems to be never ending, but we will get them all done!


In April the wheelsets went off to South Devon Railway Engineering for tyre and journal turning together with ultrasonic testing.  They were returned to Sheffield Park in December.  These will now be cleaned and painted ready for the re assembly of the loco.


The Steam reverser overhaul has continued during the year being carried out by Ben Dingley and Ian Ferguson.  This has included machining of the existing parts and castings, together with the manufacture of new parts.  The overhaul is now nearing completion and hopefully will be tested shortly before being returned to the railway and being protected before being stored.


The final parts were removed from the frames in the middle of the year.  This included the valances and footsteps.  The valances will be used as patterns to construct a new set to be installed on the loco.  The footsteps are currently being cleaned and given a protective coat of paint.  The guard irons are also being given a coat or two of filling primer and being rubbed down to give a smooth surface before final painting is carried out.  This is being carried out by Jim Turtle.


The sales and publicity side of the group has been busy over the last 12 months and we have had a very good year on the fundraising front.  As well as having stands at most of the “gala” days at the railway, we also attended two model railway exhibitions. At one of these we met up with Adrian Harrison, and Ex Bluebell Fire Department volunteer who now runs a model company.  He has kindly taken a selection of stock to other exhibitions on our behalf, and thanks are due to him for doing this.  It is likely that we will be at three exhibitions in Sussex this year, we not only raise the profile of the fund, but also the wider railway and groups on the railway.

Thanks for reading and please come back at regular intervals!
If you would like to help us restore the locomotive to working order, we would always welcome donations however large or small for more details, please E mail us at the address below.

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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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
 
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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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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