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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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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23rd September 2010

Yesterday I went over to the Severn Valley and picked up the new valves (sorry forgot to take a pic), before delivering them to Cheddleton. The boiler has now had all the stays replaced on the driver’s side and foundation ring rivets are starting to appear.   I got stuck into painting the first top-coat of the frames Poppy Red. CVR volunteer Howard Robinson appeared in the evening
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