Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Coming Soon to a Sales Stand near You!

Feel part of the Team at Sheffield Park

Project 27 is producing a new badge to recognise the Loco Shed at Sheffield Park as the next in line of Brighton District Loco Sheds.  A 75H shed plate badge is being produced for us and will be limited to 100 pieces.  They will be for sale at our sales stand during the Flying Scotsman event at Easter (Friday to Monday only), depending on delivery.  They will be on sale for £5 each and all profits will go directly to Project 27.


The badges will depict a shed plate surrounded by a green band with the words SHEFFIELD PARK LOCO SHED in it.  the letters and rings will be in polished chrome finish and then green and black will be in hard enamel.


If you want one but can't get to the Sheffield Park at Easter, please E Mail me and I will reserve one for you.


Thanks for your continued support of the project.


Clive D. Emsley
Chairman - The Fenchurch Fund
Project Manager - PROJECT 27
A Sub-Committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society

 
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Friday, 3 March 2017

More dirty fun at Sheffield Park!

Getting my hands dirty for a change!

Your culprit has just spent two days at Sheffield Park working on the project at the instruction of Matt Holloway, our Project Engineer.
It started with a simple phrase on Thursday morning "Could you needle gun the wheels, but you will need to clean the gunge off first".  A simple phrase, but of course nothing is ever that simple!  I spent about 5 hours scraping the congealed oil. dust and anything else that may be in the mix off  the backs of 1 1/2 wheels.  No needle gunning was carried out!
 

The back of the Front Left wheel before cleaning commenced (all pictures Clive Emsley)


The tyre has now been cleaned but there is still the rim to do!


After the gunge has been removed. 

Not the most pleasant or exciting jobs to do, but without doing it the restoration would not progress!  Following the removal of the gunge, the next job will be to needle gun and wire wheel before painting.
Wheels that have been cleaned and needle gunned and another that has been painted
 The rear and centre wheel sets have been cleaned and needle gunned already and are waiting wire wheel treatment before painting. The right middle wheel has been given a coat of bondaprimer, which is a high quality primer to give a good base for the subsequent coats of paint. These were prepared by Matt and his band of willing helpers last weekend.
 
The pictures serve to demonstrate the amount of dirty, boring and menial, but vital, work that needs to be carried out before the sight of a pristine P class rolls out of the works in a couple of years! 
 
 My second day was still cleaning extremely "cruddy" items, only this time indoors.  As it was raining, I thought it would be more comfortable inside the Villas so set to on the cleaning of the cylinder drain cocks.  Not only were these disgustingly filthy on the outside there was a fair amount of detritus inside the ports.
one of the drain cocks waiting to be dismantled and cleaned
 There are five of these located on the cylinder block.  All of these are similarly gunged up or at least they were before I started! The congealed grease and dust was roughly scrapped from the castings before the split pins removed and the nut taken off to reduce the items into the 6 parts that make up the cylinder drain cock.  Each part was then meticulously cleaned using scrapers, paraffin and brushes.  the pictures below show the progress of the cleaning.
The first one cleaned happens to be an original SECR made one!
 
component parts of the cylinder drain cock
 
Following cleaning and reassembly
At Lunchtime I was joined by Matt who spent some time wire wheeling and painting a bit more of the middle wheel set.
Matt painting the rear of the middle left wheel
 
The extent of the painting for today! (daylight and weather were a factor)
Whilst Matt was using the wire wheel he discovered some makers stamps on the wheels and axles.  It seems that at lease the middle wheels were made in Germany by Krupp in 1910, whilst the front and rear axles were manufactured by Vickers Sons and Maxim Ltd.  Ironic when only a few years later 27 was in Boulogne doing its bit for the war effort and both Krupp and Vickers were supplying armaments to their respective governments!
The Krupp makers stamp clearly shown on the middle left wheel
 
The makers stamp on the front axle along with the date 1909 (the loco entered service in 1910!)
So, a fun, interesting and informative couple of days with 27, and here's to many more! 
Oh, and whilst I was waiting to get started someone dumped a P class in the loco yard!  Bluebell arrived back from its trip away. Almost a case of "here's one we did earlier!
Bluebell arrives home following her trip away!
Keep coming back to this page for all the exciting news about 27, and what is happening with the restoration.
 
 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
 
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Monday, 27 February 2017

Wheely good Progress!

Lots of noise and dust!

At the weekend, Matt and his merry band of mainly willing volunteers spent a few happy hours working on the wheel sets.  The first thing to do was to needle gun the years of paint and surface corrosion from all the nooks and crannies.  This is a very noisy and not particularly pleasant job, but vital to the looks of the finished product! The needle gun consists of a series of rods which are fired back and forth by compressed air in a similar way to a chipping hammer or cold chisel would if doing it by hand.  It is much quicker, more fun and definitely more interesting!
Matt and Georgie needle gunning the backs of the wheels on the driving axle (Photo Rueben Smith)


Following the needle gunning the surfaces were cleaned and degreased before a coat of red oxide paint was applied.  The aim is to get the wheels up to a top coat before the Flying Scotsman Event so that we can show the loco will look like when it is finally painted in the Maunsell Lined Southern Green livery.

Jam still on overtime!

The jam still was on overtime last week producing Strawberry Jam, Redcurrant and Rhubarb Jam and Cherry Jam.  The fruit for these was donated to the fund by a friend and supporter in Belgium who was clearing her deep freeze!  The fruit was all grown on a small holding near Hasselt and no chemicals were used in their production.  The jars were supplied by Gardener & Scardifield of Lancing who let us have the jars for a good price, we thank them for this.


We will be selling the jams and other items at the Diesel weekend and the Flying Scotsman event before packing up ready for the Wealden Railways Group model railway exhibition in Steyning on the 22nd of April.


What we need to do!

We are initially looking for a rolling chassis to be well on the way before we turn our attention to the thorny question of the boiler! It is likely to cost us in the region of £27,000 to complete the rolling chassis at current estimates.  This is broken down into the two frame plates, wheel turning, new cast and machined cylinders plus two buffer beams, side valances, rear drag box and a few other bits. 




We will need to find the money to pay for this work through the generosity of our supporters that regularly donate, spend money on our stalls and any other methods we can think of to raise funds!




Thank you for reading this far and for your continued support.




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/

Why not support us by making a donation at
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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
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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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
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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    - you can also elect to Gift Aid your donation;
    - your operator's standard text charge applies.

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/

Why not support us by making a donation at
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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!