9/11/2017

Saturday Gang Report May-August 2017


Introduction:

Greetings to all from the Saturday Gang! Well this has certainly been an interesting summer. We’ve seen some clearly visible progress on a number of our overhauls and added a few more members to our ranks. Aside from this, there have been a few guests over the last few weeks. The Boiler Engineering Skills Training Trust have run three Saturday courses in our yard, in conjunction with the Association For Black and minority ethnic Engineers. We at the Saturday Gang teamed up with their apprentices and gave them a good hands-on insight into the work we do. We’d be happy to have any of the back any time- they almost got better than us in the end!

Locomotives:

Hunslet Austerity Class 0-6-0PT 25 ‘Northiam’- There’s been significant progress on our long-running project. Eight years into the overhaul, the end seems to be in sight. The chimney has been upgraded and reattached, and adjustments made to ensure the fire bars fit adequately. More significantly, the saddle tank has been reunited with the boiler, the main exhausted pipe has been attached and the cab is back on.

LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32678 ‘Knowle’-  Remains in service with running maintenance. We recently made some new fire bricks with the help of our guests from BESTT.


NSB 21C Class 2-6-0 376 ‘Norwegian’- Remains in service. Running maintenance throughout the period on the gauge glasses, washouts and boiler inspections.

WD USA Class 0-6-0T 30065 ‘Maunsell’- Out of service.

WD USA Class 0-6-0T DS238 ‘Wainwright’-  A lot has happened on this loco in the last four months. Since the spring, 'Wainwright' has been repainted, and had the cab reinstalled, improving the aesthetic no end! It has recently had a steam test too, with the results still to come. With all being well, this loco should return to steam in the not too distant future.

Manning Wardle O Class 0-6-0T 14 ‘Charwelton’- Unfortunately our beloved former restoration project has suffered a large crack in the boiler and had to leave service two years early. It will be missed around the yard and on the line.

SE&CR P Class 0-6-0T 753-  Out of service.

GWR 1600 Class 0-6-0PT 1638- Remains in service. Numerous washouts have been carried out on this loco throughout this year, and little bits of running maintenance throughout the period.

GWR 7800 Class 4-6-0 ‘Foxcote Manor’- We were lucky enough to have this mainline locomotive visit during the last four months. The Saturday Gang assisted when corrosion was found on a steam pipe in August. It has since moved to a new home on the West Somerset Railway.

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Conclusion:

That just about covers summer 2017.  It’s been nice to see our little gang branch out a bit over the last few months. As always, our Facebook page and YouTube channel are just below. Do feel free to subscribe and drop us a like if you haven’t already. The next entry details the final four months of the year should arrive in January 2018. Until then, all the best wishes from the Saturday Gang!



5/14/2017

Saturday Gang Report January-April 2017

Introduction:
Hello once again from the Saturday Gang!  If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that the first four months of 2017 have absolutely flown by! Spring has snuck up on us, and at the time of writing, the Kent & East Sussex is about to enjoy its popular ‘1940s weekend.’
But that doesn’t mean we’ve been idle in the Locomotive Department.  As always, much progress has been made with each of the locos in our care. Let’s have a look at what’s been going on:

Locomotives:

Hunslet Austerity Class 0-6-0PT 25 ‘Northiam’-  Some truly visible progress recently! 25’s boiler cladding has been repainted and reattached, as have the cab sheets. The cylinder covers, steam pipe and blast pipe have also been cleaned and reinserted. Most noticeably however, the boiler and frames have been reunited for the first time in eight years. Our long-running project is finally starting to resemble a locomotive again!


LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32678 ‘Knowle’-  Routine maintenance has been done on our crowd-pleasing terrier. Some old boiler tubes were removed in March.


NSB 21C Class 2-6-0 376 ‘Norwegian’- Remains in service. Minor running maintenance was done during this period, such as washouts and running tests on the air brakes.

 

WD USA Class 0-6-0T 30065 ‘Maunsell’- This loco has left service for the foreseeable future. We set about stripping it down in the first two months of the year. A faithful workhorse for the last decade, ‘Maunsell’ will surely be missed.


 

WD USA Class 0-6-0T DS238 ‘Wainwright’-  Newly repainted cladding has been added to this loco’s boiler.


Manning Wardle O Class 0-6-0T 14 ‘Charwelton’- No new information.


SE&CR P Class 0-6-0T 753-  Out of service. The boiler was given some oil in February to protect it from the elements.


GWR 1600 Class 0-6-0PT 1638- Remains in service. This loco has undergone frequent washouts, including being used for a demonstration of the process in January.  Our favourite pannier tank has also received a new gasket courtesy of our gang. Additionally, a buffer platform from fellow Great Western loco 6619 has been removed with the intent of adapting it for use on this loco.


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Conclusion:

Well that essentially covers the first part of this year. As always, our Facebook page and YouTube channel are just below. Do feel free to subscribe and drop us a like if you haven’t already. All being well our next update should be in September. Until then, all the best wishes from the Saturday Gang!




1/15/2017

Saturday Gang Report September-December 2016

Introduction:
Greetings and welcome to 2017 from the Saturday Gang! With the new year still young, it is time to look back on what the final four months of 2016 yielded for our work, both on overhauls and running locomotives. So let’s dive right in!

Locomotives:

Hunslet Austerity Class 0-6-0PT 25 ‘Northiam’-  This loco is making good progress. Until this year I had never seen it in steam, but we finally got the opportunity in October, when the boiler received its steam test. The aftermath, and the extensive washout required, can be seen in the November video report. As of the end of the year, the boiler is also largely insulated as well.
 
LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32670 ‘Bodiam’-  Our famous ‘terrier’ has just reached the end of its boiler ticket, and has thus left service for a while.
 

LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32678 ‘Knowle’-  Remains in service, with minor maintenance performed on the dome in September.
 
NSB 21C Class 2-6-0 376 ‘Norwegian’- Remains in service. Minor running maintenance was done during this period, such as washouts and running tests on the air brakes.
 
WD USA Class 0-6-0T 30065 ‘Maunsell’- This loco has just about reached the end of its boiler ticket. It will be missed for now.
 
WD USA Class 0-6-0T DS238 ‘Wainwright’- As our other significant effort, much has been done on this loco. We removed the cladding during this period, which was cleaned and repainted. The same was also done to the loco’s domes and smokebox door. Progress is going quickly, as it needs to if  ‘Wainwright’ is to return to service in time.
 
Manning Wardle O Class 0-6-0T 14 ‘Charwelton’- No new information.
 
SE&CR P Class 0-6-0T 753-  No new information.

GWR 1600 Class 0-6-0PT 1638- Remains in service, no new information as of the end of 2016.
 
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Conclusion:

Well that pretty much sums up this entry, and 2016 as a whole. I hope the year was a pleasant one for you, and that this one is even better. As always, our Facebook page and YouTube channel are just below. Do feel free to subscribe and drop us a like if you haven’t already. All being well our next update should be in May. Until then, all the best wishes from the Saturday Gang!




9/29/2016

Saturday Gang Report May-August 2016

Introduction:

Greetings once again from the Saturday Gang! With summer winding down, it’s time to take stock of the work we’ve done and what’s still left to do before the end of the year. With numerous locos going out on loan, what is usually a quiet time of the year has actually been rather eventful. Our February report this year has been the longest ever, in a month that usually yields limited progress. With this in mind, here’s our update on locos for the first third of 2016:

Locomotives:

Hunslet Austerity Class 0-6-0PT 25 ‘Northiam’-  In the seventh year of its overhaul 25 is coming along well. This loco has passed its boiler hydraulics test, a key step in its journey back into service. In fact, work has progressed to the extent that it no longer requires scaffolding around the firebox. It’s always nice to see clear visible progress on our locomotives. Additional work includes newly oiled boiler tubes and continued painting on the firebox.
 Now 100% staging-free!

LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32670 ‘Bodiam’-  In service, occasional running work done.
 

LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32678 ‘Knowle’- In service.  This ‘terrier’ has recently been washed out and  had its mudhole doors cleaned.
 

NSB 21C Class 2-6-0 376 ‘Norwegian’- In service. We have carried out the occasional running job, such as running down the clack valves and providing boiler washouts.
 
376 just before a washout.

WD USA Class 0-6-0T 30065 ‘Maunsell’- We have undertaken occasional running work on the railway’s workhouse USA tank. It’s had a bit of fresh paint on the inside of the smokebox and a few washouts from us. However, ‘65’ is nearing the end of its boiler ticket, and will go out of service at the end of this year.
 

WD USA Class 0-6-0T DS238 ‘Wainwright’- As before, progress on ‘65’s sister loco has happened in fits and starts. Our volunteers have been working on a new footplate, and given the window frames a bit of a clean.  More notably, the external steam pipes have had a few coats of paint and been sealed a little better. Hopefully ‘21’ will be better protected against rust than it has been in the past.

Manning Wardle O Class 0-6-0T 14 ‘Charwelton’- No new information.

SE&CR P Class 0-6-0T 753- This little loco remains in the very early stages of overhaul. We have recently painted the motion on the locos wheels with a layer of undercoat. Aside from this, a return to service would still seem very far in the future.
 
The P Class wheels, newly painted in the shed.

GWR 1600 Class 0-6-0PT 1638- In service. As it sees frequent use, we often need to carry out running work on this loco. We recently sealed a leak in the loco’s smokebox with fire cement. It also has new sleeves for the safety valve.

Ransomes & Rapier 30-ton Steam Crane DS 81-  We still do odd jobs on the steam crane.  In August it needed adjustments to a few of its valves.

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Conclusion:

Well that’s about all for the second part of the year. As always, feel free to visit our Facebook page and YouTube channel if you have any questions, and be sure to subscribe to both. Our next update should be coming some time in September. Until then, we at the Saturday Gang hope you enjoy your summer!




5/29/2016

Saturday Gang Report January- April 2016

Introduction:

Hello from all at the Saturday Gang! The first four months of 2016 have seen numerous developments on the railway. With numerous locos going out on loan, what is usually a quiet time of the year has actually been rather eventful. Our February report this year has been the longest ever, in a month that usually yields limited progress. With this in mind, here’s our update on locos for the first third of 2016:

Locomotives:

Hunslet Austerity Class 0-6-0T 25 ‘Northiam’- We’ve made steady progress on this loco. It’s got new mudhole doors and rivets on the boiler. The firebox has even got to the stage where we can apply new paint to it. We also said goodbye to the old corroded sideplates on the foundation ring. Maybe there was something symbolic there.


LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32670 ‘Bodiam’- In serviceable condition. We’ve removed some rust from the smokebox.

LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32678 ‘Knowle’- No new information.


NSB 21C Class 2-6-0 376 ‘Norwegian’- This loco is still running after going to France on loan. It has donated some boiler tubes to the Terriers and P Class.

WD USA Class 0-6-0T 30065 ‘Maunsell’- In operation.


WD USA Class 0-6-0T DS238 ‘Wainwright’- This overhaul is coming along nicely. It’s got a few coats of paint on the cab and external steam pipes. We’ve also got rid of some old bolts in the bunker door.

Manning Wardle O Class 0-6-0T 14 ‘Charwelton’- No new information.


SE&CR P Class 0-6-0T 753- No new information

GWR 1600 Class 0-6-0PT 1638- Back in service after overhaul.

Ransomes & Rapier 30-ton Steam Crane DS 81- The steam crane required some maintenance on the boiler. We’ve cleaned it out and needle-gunned the outside surfaces.

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Conclusion:

Well that’s all for this edition. As always, feel free to visit our Facebook page and YouTube channel if you have any questions, and be sure to subscribe to both. Our next update should be coming some time in September. Until then, we at the Saturday Gang hope you enjoy your summer!




1/12/2016

Saturday Gang Report September-December 2015

Introduction

Hello and welcome to 2016 from the Saturday Gang! Here we are, as promised, detailing what the final third of 2015 had in store. Progress has continued at a steady rate on our regular locos, and we have been able to start giving attention to ones that have wanted a bit of work for a good long while! For the specifics, here is our locomotive roundup:

Locomotives

Hunslet Austerity Class 0-6-0T 25 ‘Northiam’- This is something of a flagship project for us at the moment. Following on from the spring, we gave the cab and tank another coat of paint in the autumn, making use of the last of the good weather! But most of the work has focused on the boiler, specifically the firebox. Throughout the period we’ve added new bolt and rivet holes on base of foundation ring, along with making new mudhole doors.
25's boiler on its wagon


LB&SCR A1X Class (Terrier) 0-6-0T 32670 ‘Bodiam’- We’ve been conducting general maintenance on perhaps our most famous loco. The November report demonstrates our efforts to reinsert the blast pipe, as well and cleaning and reassembling the firebox.

LB&SCR A1X Class (Terrier) 0-6-0T 32678 ‘Knowle’- No new information.


NSB 21C Class 2-6-0 376 Norwegian’- In September we cut this loco some new fire bars: well they didn’t fit the other locos so why waste them?

WD USA Class 0-6-0T 30065 ‘Maunsell’- Currently serving as the railway’s primary workhorse, ‘Maunsell’ remained in service. Only minor running maintenance was required occasionally, such as removing and emptying the oiler in October.

WD USA Class 0-6-0T DS238 ‘Wainwright’- Finally, our other USA tank is getting some TLC! We’ve drilled new holes for the firebox door and modified the regulator stuffing box. As of the end of the year, a new regulator gland is under construction.
Two of our volunteers drill holes in DS238's firebox

Manning Wardle O Class 0-6-0T 14 ‘Charwelton’- Just some general maintenance on this loco, such as clearing a blocked sander in October, and cleaning the vacuum brake.

SE&CR P Class 0-6-0T 753- It’s been ages since we’ve done anything on this one! But at last, the P Class got some attention, with a new piston being machined. There’s still an awful lot of work to be done before this loco is anywhere near operation, but it’s nice to know it isn’t forgotten.
753's frames inside Rolvenden shed

GWR 1600 Class 0-6-0PT 1638- Out of service, undergoing overhaul.

Ransomes & Rapier 30-ton Steam Crane DS81- I know, I know this isn’t technically a loco! But it’s worth mentioning, as the lamp bracket we were building in the summer was soon finished and attached to the crane.  Just another example of continual running improvements the Saturday Gang can provide!

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Conclusion

Well that’s all there is to say about our progress in 2015. If you’d like to contact us, please go to our Facebook page, or check out SaturdayGangVideos on YouTube for the earliest video updates. All that remains is to wish you all the best for 2016 on behalf of the Saturday Gang. We’ll see you in the Spring!











9/08/2015

Saturday Gang Report May-August 2015

Introduction

Hello everyone! It has been rather a productive summer for the Saturday Gang. The last four months have seen steady, if gradual progress on many of our projects, listed below. This is always a busy time for the railway, as there are two galas, the summer timetable and numerous Thomas days, and our Gang continues to power through it all.
In June, the railway also played host to a visiting party of children from Brownhill School, here for some onsite experience. As we understand it, the Saturday Gang’s online presence was one of the reasons this visit took place. In which case we are very proud, and hope this will not be the last incidence of cooperation we enjoy.
But we are equally proud of the work we have accomplished throughout the spring and summer period. So without further ado, let’s have a look at the state of our locomotives!

Locomotives

Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0T 25 ‘Northiam’- We have made noticeable progress on this loco. The foundation ring has been cleaned, lifted back onto the firebox and clamped into place, while its side plates have been replaced and given a new edge.
However, the most visible transformation  is the cab and saddle tank, now decked out in a new coat of blue paint. The crew from Brownhill were assigned part of this job. Similarly, the cab interior has a new grey undercoat as of this summer.

GWR 1600 Class 0-6-0PT 1638- Work continues on the boiler section of our ‘Pannier.’ We painted the interior smokebox plates near the start of the season, and the tubes have all been cleaned and reinserted. The boiler was also briefly turned over 90 degrees for some work during July.

LB&SCR A1X Class (Terrier) 0-6-0T 32678 ‘Knowle’- Always a popular runner on the vintage set, this ‘Terrier’ has received a few cleanouts recently.  After a boiler washout in May, we’ve also removed and cleaned the blastpipe, as well as sweeping out the smokebox in general.

NSB 21C Class 2-6-0 376 ‘Norwegian’- Occasional work done on this loco throughout the last few months. The removal and reattachment of the left-hand steam pipe cover can be seen in the video reports below, as can a recent boiler washout.

WD USA Class 0-6-0T DS238 ‘Wainwright’- This loco remains in the early stages of overhaul, but we have reinserted the blast pipe and ground to fit the regulator valve plate.

Manning Wardle O Class 0-6-0 T 14 ‘Charwelton’- Some work ongoing on this loco; most notably the blast pipe has been reinserted.

Ransomes & Rapier 30-ton Steam Crane DS81- OK, OK! I know this isn’t a locomotive, but it’s still a valuable piece of railway machinery that the Saturday Gang has been working on. We’ve given this crane an extensive cleaning, and its chimney’s been modified to fit through the shed doors. Incidentally, this crane was used to turn over the aforementioned Pannier’s boiler. As of the end of August, a new lamp bracket is being constructed for it.

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Conclusion

Well that’s all for our summer entry.  If you want to keep up to speed (and you haven’t already!), please do like our Facebook page and subscribe to our SaturdayGangVideos YouTube channel. The next blog will most likely come in early January, detailing the remainder of this year. But until then, rest assured that the Saturday Gang will carry on the good work!