5/15/2018

Saturday Gang Report January- April 2018


Introduction:

Greetings to everyone from the Saturday Gang! Spring is in the air, and the bank holiday weather has actually been pleasant for a change! But don’t think for one second our group of volunteers have rested on their laurels. As you will see, we’ve made some massive strides and passed something of a milestone on our longest running overhaul for the last decade, 25 ‘Northiam’. I won’t keep you any longer- let’s get straight to the locos!

Locomotives:

Hunslet Austerity Class 0-6-0PT 25 ‘Northiam’-  It’s back! After nine years of work, Number 25 is in service once more. Seeing our long-standing project pulling trains at last is a great source of pride for our gang. A couple of us have already spent a journey or two behind the loco, and the May Video Report, when completed, will focus on a retrospective of the overhaul. Also, the editors of this blog may have an article published in this summer’s ‘Tenterden Terrier’ about the Saturday Gang’s role in returning ‘Northiam’ to steam. So stay tuned!

WD USA Class 0-6-0T DS238 ‘Wainwright’- This loco is now in operation as LMR 300 ‘Major General Frank Ross.’

WD USA Class 0-6-0T 30065 ‘Maunsell’- Work has begun on bringing this loco back. The first stage with overhauls like this is to strip the loco down almost to the frames. We’ve already removed the boiler tubes, along with the dome cover, clack valve and coupling rods. As it stands, the blast pipe, pistons and brake cylinders have also gone.

GWR 1600 Class 0-6-0PT 1638- No new information on this loco.

NSB 21C Class 2-6-0 376 ‘Norwegian’-  Remains in service.

LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32678 ‘Knowle’-  Remains in service with running maintenance throughout the period. A few weeks ago, a new joint was fitted to the blast pipe, and one of our volunteers fixed a blocked steam heat valve.

LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32670 ‘Bodiam’- Out of service.


Manning Wardle O Class 0-6-0T 14 ‘Charwelton’- History repeats itself: we’ve begun overhauling the Saturday Gang’s original project from so long ago! As with 65, the loco has been radically stripped down. We’ve taken off the vacuum pipe, guard irons, brake hangers, reverser and The boiler is parted from the frames, and stripped of cladding.

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

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Conclusion:

So there we have it. In four months we’ve seen two locos return to steam, and made head way on two new projects. I’ve no doubt you can expect to see more progress on Charwelton and 65 over the next few months, if you follow our YouTube channel.
Our next blog entry will arrive some time in September, but until then you may hear from us in the ‘Tenterden Terrier’ as previously stated.
On behalf of the Saturday Gang, I hope you all have a wonderful summer!


1/08/2018

Saturday Gang Report September-December 2017


Introduction:

Welcome to 2018 from the Saturday Gang! 2017 ended rather well for us here at the Saturday Gang, with one overhaul finished, one nearing the end, and a new project about to begin. We were also featured in an article in the October edition of the RMT Union magazine, detailing the role of the volunteer sector in railway engineering. It is very nice to see our small group receive recognition like this, and we’re very grateful to the representatives that came to the shed.
Now I know you’re all dying to hear the condition of our engines facing the new year, so here goes!

Locomotives:

Hunslet Austerity Class 0-6-0PT 25 ‘Northiam’-  We are not far off on this one! We’ve seen this loco get closer by the week over the last four months. Our work has included some modifications to the damper rod to prevent fouling on operation, adjustments to the brake lubricator, and re-inserting the brick arch. We’ve also given the loco new coats of paint on the running plate and steam heat pipe. In December, ‘Northiam’ undertook one of the last steam tests so it’s really not long now…

WD USA Class 0-6-0T DS238 ‘Wainwright’- The overhaul is complete! The Saturday Gang helped out on the final stages, replacing the windows, reconnecting the brake cylinder and lagging the respective pipe. Also a union nut was damaged, so one of our volunteers set about constructing a new one in the shed’s machine store. We were delighted to see this loco return to service in time for the holiday season.

WD USA Class 0-6-0T 30065 ‘Maunsell’-  The overhaul on this loco is only just beginning. We spent the end of the year preparing to strip off and label each component. It’s going to be a long road.

GWR 1600 Class 0-6-0PT 1638- Remains in service.  We carried out running maintenance on this loco throughout the period. Some damaged springs needed to be removed in the Autumn, along with a replaced joint in the steam heat pipe.

NSB 21C Class 2-6-0 376 ‘Norwegian’-  Remains in service. Running maintenance has included reassembling the rocking grate and firebars.

LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32678 ‘Knowle’-  Remains in service.

LB&SCR A1X Class 0-6-0T 32670 ‘Bodiam’- Out of service.

Manning Wardle O Class 0-6-0T 14 ‘Charwelton’- Out of service.

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

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Conclusion:

So that’s the end of 2017 for the Saturday Gang. Another year, another loco returned to service.  We are all very proud of what we have achieved in the past year, and expect further progress throughout 2018. You can probably expect a further update on that progress in May, when the next blog entry is due. Until then, be sure to check out our monthly reports and give our Facebook page a like if you haven’t all ready,
For now though, best wishes from all at the Saturday Gang!



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!