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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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!