Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Trip to Tata Steel and Premier Patterns

 

Tata Steel Profiling

Yesterday (16th October) a small group of Fenchurch Fund and Project 27 volunteers went to see the progress on the frames and polystyrene patterns.  We arrived at Tata Steel mid morning and the first sheet of material was set up on the plasma cutting machine.  This was one of the thinner sheets of steel for items such as the valance ends and plates to go behind the buffer beam.
Georgina, Matt, Ben, Carl (Tata Steel) and Jim (all photos Clive Emsley)

The first cut! (all pictures Clive Emsley/Project 27)

Discussing the "nesting" of the pieces on the sheet of steel with one of the machine operators
Cutting the side Valance ends and Buffer plates
The first Valance end piece with rivet hole centres marked
The plate with the remainder of parts yet to be lifted out 
The 22mm (7/8th) plate for the frames has arrived!
Cutting out the rear horn opening
The first frame cut out!
The frames cut out and waiting for delivery!

Premier Patterns

From Tata Steel we moved on to Premier Patterns to look at the process and progress on the cylinder pattern manufacture.  These are being made from casting grade polystyrene using a robotic rotary file, and making much artificial snow in the meantime!
The CNC rotary file being used to produce segments for the second cylinder pattern
The computer that is guiding the CNC machine
Matt inspecting the first cylinder pattern
Preparing to join the segments using a strong double sited tape
Exciting and historic times are upon us.  We Are still buzzing following the trip to see the work being done and we now realise that it really is happening and we need to pay for it!

If you would like to help us this is how you can.

On line donations can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/27

Text donations can also be made To donate £10 text "FENC72 £10" to 70070
    - you can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 just by changing the amount in the text massage.
    - you can also elect to Gift Aid your donation;
    - your operator's standard text charge applies.

We can also accept cheques or cash for any value either with or without a gift aid declaration.  If you would like a gift aid declaration form please contact us by E Mail

Thank you for your continued support and interest in the project, hopefully you will see the fruits of everyone’s labours in around 4 years or so.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Progress on the Axle boxes


With the poor weather last weekend (7th/8th October) a start was made to remove the old white metal from the axle boxes.  This involved placing the axle box over a suitable receptacle and heating the white metal up to it's melting point to allow it to run out into the receptacle. The white metal was collected and weighed to give us an idea of how much will need to be ordered for replacement. The boxes will, in the fullness of time, be re-metalled and machined to match the journals on our wheel sets that were turned true last year at South Devon Railway Engineering.

We have also made a start on removing yet more of the fitted bolts and rivets on the old frames and fitting temporary bolts in their place (the blue ones!).  This enables us to keep everything together in one place until such time as we're ready to assemble the new frames!



Heating up and melting out the old white metal

Matt at the helm of the torch!


All the white metal has been melted out and now sits in the tray underneath.
By comparison our little axlebox is sitting on the right, the one on the left is from the Schools Class.


The frames showing the progress unpicking old fixings and putting in blue temporary bolts.


Horn guides ready to be removed in the future.
I have had a couple of pictures sent to my by Andy Beaton, ex fireman at Sheffield Park and now proprietor of Ragstone Models which show 27 in the (then) newly applied SECR livery in (it is believed) the summer of 1963.  The one below shows the loco at Sheffield Park.
Freshly repainted SECR No.27 at Sheffield Park in 1963 (Andy Beaton Collection)
Don't forget that this weekend you will be able to see the progress on the loco and be able to talk to the chaps doing the work (on Saturday).  We will be there on both days with the usual selection of goodies and a display of restoration pictures.  We hope to see you there.















Thursday, 5 October 2017

With regret

it is with regret that we need to cancel our sales and information stand at the Deltic event this weekend due to illness.  We are aiming to be at the shareholders weekend on the 14th and 15th.  You will be able to see progress on the loco,

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Worthing Model Railway Exhibition

We had a good weekend at the Worthing Model Railway Exhibition last weekend.  We met plenty of old friends and made some new ones too!




We put on a display of the restoration works we are carrying out at present, including someWe  pictures of the new cylinder patterns being constructed as seen in the previous post.  We had a reasonably good sales event and also managed to put on a small display of model trains that are typical of the Steyning Line, Bluebell Line and Uckfield line (with just a small amount of license!)

 
The models included the new birdcage set by Bachmann with a Fairburn tank pulling, an M7 on a pull and Push set, DEMU, 3 car sets with standard and Ivatt tanks and an N class with a train bound for Shoreham Cement Works!


There were also a selections of military models expertly constructed and weathered by Stuart Bardouleau on display.




Thanks to all who came and spoke with us and popped a shilling in the collecting bucket!


We will next be setting up our stand at Sheffield Park for the Deltic Weekend and then a week later for the Shareholders weekend when you will be able to see the progress on the restoration in the Villa.  Please do pop along and have a chat with us, it makes the day go so much better!


Don't forget we still need to find the cash to pay to complete the restoration!  You can donate at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/27

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Cylinder Patern Progress

We have heard from Premier Patterns today.  The construction of the patterns has begun with the Left Hand side pattern. The process consists of sections being cut from blocks of pattern grade polystyrene and carefully numbered. These pieces will then will be "glued" together to form the complete pattern.
The picture below show some of the pattern components laid out on the pattern makers bench prior to being assembled together.   The bottom picture shows the beginnings of the construction of the pattern following some glueing and some test fitting of the pieces.  In the background of the picture you can see the CNC router which is used to cut the blocks of polystyrene creating a localised snowstorm!
Slices of cylinder pattern awaiting building into a complete pattern
The Left Hand Cylinder Pattern under construction
The pictures were taken by Andy Timmins and are courtesy of Premier Patterns

We have also been informed that the 22mm (7/8) steel plate will be with the profiling department of Tata Steel in Walsall early next week and the cutting process will begin within the next 2 weeks.


We are hopeful that the technical team will be able to visit both factories to view the progress of the works.  Following this we will be able to give you even more detail of the process.


So, things are looking positive for a delivery before November! 

Of course we still need to pay for these items,  especially as we were not initially expecting that the frames would need replacing!  If you are able to help us please E mail us on the address below, or use the text donation also shown 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


To donate £10 text "FENC72 £10" to 70070
    - you can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 just by changing the amount in the text massage.
    - you can also elect to Gift Aid your donation;
    - your operator's standard text charge applies.











Thursday, 14 September 2017

An Appeal

We are looking for pictures of 27 (or other P class locos) in SECR, SR or BR liveries.  There is a particular hole in the collection we have of the locos in Southern Black either in Maunsell or Bulleid condition.  If anyone can help us to plug this hole, or supply other pictures we have not seen, we would be extremely grateful.  All pictures will be carefully filed with the photographer/collectors name attached.  If we use the pictures they will be given the correct credits.


If you do have, or know the whereabouts of such pictures we can be contacted at: thefenchurchfund@gmail.com




If you would like to help us restore the loco,We have a BT my donate page and this can be found at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/27

We can also accept cheques for any value either with or without a gift aid declaration.  If you would like a gift aid declaration form please contact us by E Mail and it can be sent to you. If you are not able to allow us to claim back the Gift Aid, please contact us and we will let you know the best way to donate.
For those of you in the modern age, we also have a text donation page for donations as shown below.
To donate £10 text "FENC72 £10" to 70070

    - you can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 just by changing the amount in the text massage.
    - you can also elect to Gift Aid your donation;
    - your operator's standard text charge applies.
Thank you for your continued support and interest in the project, hopefully you will see the fruits of everyone’s labours in around 4 years or so.


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

Monday, 11 September 2017

Works progress on Project 27

Having had a conversation with Matt on Saturday I can tell you that work is progressing well on the restoration project.

Current Works

The eccentrics that were removed from the crank axle a few weeks back have now been thoroughly cleaned and the parts reassembled on the bench ready for machining.  The reason for this is that the eccentrics were worn and slightly oval.  When they have been turned this ovality will be removed.  It is hoped that this will be carried out within the next few weeks and then the non bearing surfaces will be painted before being reassembled onto the axles.

Frames and Cylinders

Tata Steel has told us that the cutting out and marking up of the frames is due to commence during the week beginning 18th of September.  The technical team will be on site to see the process at some stage during this time.  This will be a major step forward in the restoration, and should ensure that the chassis will be fit for a minimum of another 100 yeas service.
The progress with the cylinders is at a similar state and again the technical team will be visiting the Premier Patterns factory to view the progress on the same day as the visit to Tata Steel.  We are hopeful that these parts will be available to us shortly.


For the modellers of you out there!

Hattons models made an announcement at 10:00 this morning that they are to produce a 4mm scale model of the P class locomotive.  They will be modelling both the 1909 and 1910 versions in many liveries.  We are looking forward to seeing all of the models!  See their website for details http://www.hattons.co.uk/NewsDetail.aspx?id=188


Hattons CAD model of 31027 in Early BR Black

Hattons CAD model of 27 as Primrose during the early 1960s.