Working Weekend 28 - 29th June

5199 at Blowers Green. W A Camwell.For once it wasn't pouring with rain at Llangollen and the good weather brought us a good turnout of working members who got on with tasks on 5199 and 6880. 5199 is now coming back together nicely. The boiler is now back in the frames, but still minus it's smokebox door ring. I called in at Tyseley on Friday to chase the item and Bob Meanley was hopeful of receiving
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The boiler is back in the frames

Good news. I've just had some photos from Dave Owen and Robin Matthews showing the boiler going into the frames today, 11th June.Richard Pumphrey, Chairman.var a2a_config = a2a_config || {};a2a_config.linkname = "5199 News";a2a_config.linkurl = "http://www.5199.co.uk/";
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Working Weekend 22-23rd March

This weekend our team was split into two, with most of us staying at Llangollen to get on with the restoration work and some of the team manning the sales stand at the Severn Valley Railway Gala. The two main jobs to be done were cleaning up all the journals on the driving wheel axles. They had to gleam and have no trace of rust or markings. This will enable Mike Pearce to 'blue' the axles and test
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Working Weekend 22-23rd February

The latest working weekend had a good turnout of volunteers and the job list was quite extensive for the two days. By close of play on Sunday afternoon we'd achieved all we set out to do. The jobs included, de rusting and polishing all the coupling rods, which had got a heavy coating of rust and grime covering them. A flexible abrasive wheel mounted in an angle grinder soon gets all the muck off, without
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Working weekend 25-26th January

Saturday and Sunday 24th/25th January saw a good team of guys and gals working on 5199 and 6880. The main objective was to get the frames of 5199 cleaned up and painted inside and out, with black (outside) and red (inside). The job was completed and work progressed to other areas. The journals on the driving wheel sets were cleaned up and made ready for fitting of the axle-boxes. These are currently
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2nd November 2010

A major leap forward today. Almost three months ago the boiler that came off… went back on! This gives us all a glimmer of hope that 5199 will make the gala in just under a fortnight! A massive thanks to Bernie Littler on the crane, Mark Tweedy, Chris Simcock and Derek Gardner plus Andrew. Fitting an ashpan with 14tons of boiler floating above you is a little bit scary, but all in it took us
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26th October 2010

Well its all bets off as 5199 is in with a good chance of making the Gala. First the Boiler. The mud-hole door holes have been attended to with a coded welder to bring them back in to shape, as has a seam on the boiler barrel. There has been a bit of a battle to stop the leaks so the hydraulic could be done. Have no fear though, for these are the holes where steam should come out. The regulator proved
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22nd October 2010

Sorry there's been no updates or pics for a while, but I've been busy. So below is a quick summary of where we are up to with 5199.We are almost at the point where the boiler will be going back in the frames I understand that she held 270 psi on a hydraulic yesterday and she remained dry as a bone. If successful in passing her hydraulic test today with the inspector present, then we will steam her
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10th October 2010

Well a very successful Sunday to report of. With the 5199 boys of Richard Pumphrey, Hank Fredericks and myself being assisted by the Churnet’s Tony Wooliscroft and Richard Wheatcroft, we managed to achieve all of the day’s targets, which were; - Re-assemble the vacuum brake cylinder and fit it back into the frames- Put the Vacuum brake pump back on- Finish dismantling the blastpipe ready
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6th October 2010

Went to the Severn Valley Bridgenorth on Wednesday to collect the new valve spindle sleeves as the originals are completely worn out (out of round, undersize etc). Then delivered these to Cheddleton Shed afterwards, and collected all of the valve bushes together that the sleeves go through. One of them didn’t want to be found, but thanks to Chris Simcock it turned up hiding behind the cab
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August 2010 Update

As part of the ongoing repairs Wednesday 25th was spent working on 5199.

First painting the boiler until I ran out of paint, two more tins will be needed, one to finish off and another to spray
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