Easter Update Part 2

Continuing on from the last update. The brake problem seemed to persist and then sadly she was failed in service on 29th April. However since her arrival at CVR in January 2009, this is only her second failure in service, which is actually quite impressive when you think of the number of days she has worked. She has pretty much been the only serviceable steam loco at the CVR during her time here, except
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Easter Update Part 1

Sorry for the delay in updates, both myself and Jon have been busy with work so we have been unable to provide as many regular updates. However, our first report is from Good Friday (Aprill 22) when following on from the share issue launch in March, the Churnet Valley began operating its Cauldon Lowe Excursions. For the 2011 season, roughly one weekend a month, the CVR is to operate 2x trips a
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February News

After a reported 73 steamings and 100% reliability in traffic, with only a few small jobs needing attention, 5199 has flown the flag for team and the Llangollen Railway while out earning her next overhaul. She has proved to be an excellent performer in traffic and has now departed from the Bluebell Railway and is now a little closer to home at the Churnet Valley Railway.Will Naylor.
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June Update

So far I hear 5199 is running well with no problems, the Bluebell lads have taken to her with one driver requesting that they have her for keeps..... sorry but that is going to be a NO!We have just taken delivery of a new radial truck spring as a spare, along with a set of new brake blocks and gaskets for the first boiler washout.That's all for now, thanks for reading.Will Naylor
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February Update

Just a word of thanks to all those rallying round 5199 in order to get her back into traffic.Being on your own in the shed is no joke, it is cold, colder than outside, which was -5 at one point, and as Llangollen is not awash with volunteers as most were helping out at the Thomas event, in the event of me having of accident I would not have been found until Monday...A big thanks to Ste Jones and Gary
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WANTED!

The missing rear radial truck tyre has now turned up at the SDR and the complete wheelset should be back at Llangollen later this week.So come on boys and girls, 5199 needs our help over the next few weekends.Feb16th-17th, & 23rd-24th, with the possibility of other dates too.We have to refit:All the Brake rodding.Eccentric rods and straps.Coupling rods and con rods.A repaired boiler band.Put back front
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Welcome to 2008

The saga of the wheels continues with hiccups along the way, these include:The leading pair has at some point had shims fitted between the wheels and tyre, this would have been to avoid scrapping the wheelset. Fortunately they have trued up on the lathe and they are just within tolerance, this means next time 5199 is retyred she may need a set of new wheels, the good news is it won't be within our
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News update

Would you believe it was raining in Llangollen again?After a bit of botching Max and I turned the steam cleaner/ pressure washer first into a flame thrower, then a smoke maker, and finally managed to make a steam cleaner. I am happy to report it stayed as a steam cleaner the rest of the weekend!We worked until well after 6pm on the Saturday evening by using the floodlights, such is our dedication...or
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November update No. 2

We had a wet weekend due the rain and a good soaking from the pressure washer. The hardcore few of Richard Pumphrey and myself, with Mick Prior joining us on the Sunday, got the jobs done, with a little help from the pannier tank lads, Mike Watts, Gareth Roberts (of the gala website) and Roger etc, who all lent a hand in removing the axleboxes.Once this was finished we then found out the steam cleaner
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November Update

Every now and then (or our case all the time) we get together, enjoy a bit of banter, and get covered in muck. The 23rd-24th October was just such a weekend.A big thanks to all who turned up and dived underneath 5199, the all being Quentin, Mick, Spud, John, Max, Hank, Ian and myself. The result was 5199 became a little cleaner underneath, and everyone's washing machines became a little more worn
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October Update

A successful Saturday was spent with Ian Massey, Richard Cadge, John Kerr, Steve Rodenhurst, Mick Prior and Spud removing all the outside rods. Well done lads. Unfortunately due to late arrivals, my ill health, and a Black five blocking the pit, only part of the brake gear was tackled, about half of it was removed. The rest will have to wait until next time, though I am trying to find another
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September News

We are now preparing for dismantling for the re-tyre. The first weekend on the 22nd - 23rd September, with others to be arranged depending on how things go. I know a few of us are itching to get our hands dirty again, so we should hopefully see some good progress.We have just had a request for her to appear at the WSR in two weeks time, but after careful consideration we have decided to decline for
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June News Update

A new set of tyres has been ordered through the SDR, as soon as they land we will be pushing to get them fitted. Once this is done we will be able to see her hired out to other railways again.

Will Naylor, 4/06/07

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5199 at the Vale of Glamorgan Railway

5199 made a return visit to Barry, and became the first ex-Barry steam locomotive to return to the site of Woodham's scrapyard in steam and running on the tracks alongside the yard where she spent more than 20 years before rescue and restoration.5199 was the guest locomotive for the Vale of Glamorgan Railway during the Barry Transport Festival. Trains were operated on the high level line between Barry
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5199 in steam

5199, steamed for the first time on Sunday 2 March 2003.The weather was fine for the day which saw 5199 steam officially for the first time since rescue from Barry almost 20 years ago, and 40 years since she last saw use on British Railways.The event was a 'invitation' day for all members of the Group to see the result of many thousands of hours of volunteer effort in restoring 5199 to her former glory.There
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