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 May. 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!