|A volunteer looking for cracks in a leaf spring|
25 Northiam overhaulThe Saturday Gang continues to work on 25 Northiam's overhaul. Progress has been slow and steady with further reassembly taking place. A key area of continued focus has been the wheelsets. As shown in the previous blog post we had stripped them down to the bare metal: during June this was completed and the wheels were progressively painted. A few coats of protective red oxide were applied, followed by grey primer. Once we got some slightly hotter weather in July we proceeded to paint them in a suitable black gloss paint. A seemingly small task like this can take up alot of resource!
|Saturday Gang giving 25's wheels a gloss black top coat|
|25's wheels painted - with tape to stop |
people from touching the paint!
|Pistons now added (in the middle of the slide bars)|
|Crosshead fitted, reverser mechanism |
(equivalent of gears in a car) connected
|Checking 25's axleboxes for wear|
|Front bufferbeam refitted to 25 Northiam|
376 NorwegianJust a brief update from the previous blog post, 376 Norwegian has been fully lined out and is in service. A point to note is that due to extensive frame strengthening works, Norwegian's power rating has been increased from a "3" to a "4". The number denotes how many MK1 carriages a loco can haul over the K&ESR. The highest we have is "5". This increased power rating has seen Norwegian haul the Pullman set, loads heavier than previous periods in service.
|376 Norwegian after a day on the "B" set|
DS238 WainwrightWith 376 Norwegian's overhaul now firmly in the past, efforts have been stepping up to return DS238 to service. Works are centring around the firebox and frames. As you can see from the below photos: repairs are taking place to the outer firebox and the frames are being progressively cleaned and painted.
|DS238 Wainwright under overhaul, note frames painted|
In the works / news:
|Inspecting 23's spring hangers|
|A collage of scenes showing Sat Gang volunteers at |
the controls of 23 HFS, under the supervision
of the K&ESR operating assistant
We are delighted to report that 65 Maunsell has returned from her holiday at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Rly and will be back at the head of the MK1 or Pullman set in due course.
|65 Maunsell - back from the E&BA Rly|
Unfortunately Marcia suffered some issues some months ago, recent investigation found an issue with the firebox. This will necessitate the loco being stripped, the boiler lifted, and extensive repairs being carried out. A shame seeing as Marcia was only back a few months.
|Marcia withdrawn with firebox problems|
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|Some of the Saturday Gang, pictured a few years ago|
Below are two videos showing some of our work during the last couple of months can be found embed below or by following the link: Saturday Gang June 2013 Video Report & Saturday Gang July 2013 Video Report
Further photos of our work can be found at: www.kesrloco.co.uk
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