Test Run

Just a few photos of 5199 collected over the last week. All photos by Robin Matthews.First, fully painted and ready for the test train.On the pit and with a warming fire lit! All ready for the big day now.All ready for the off.At Carrog, ready for the return run.So far so good. Thanks to everyone who has helped, in any small way, in returning 5199 to steam. Richard Pumphrey, Chairman.var a2a_config
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Steaming Again!

5199 under steam again. G Jones.5199 was back in action today with its first steaming following completion of its overhaul.On Shed. G Jones.Line closures restricted its movement to the back road between the shed and Pentrefelin with a move off shed at 12.30. George Jones, from the LlanRail mailing list.var a2a_config = a2a_config || {};a2a_config.linkname = "5199 News";a2a_config.linkurl
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November Update

The last working weekend was an 'extra' in our calendar. Several guys did work on the Grange but 5199's hero was Mick Prior who got stuck into a load of painting over a full three days. As we approach the imminent return to traffic, the full timers are doing all the last bits of engineering, but our team can still get on with the cosmetic touches. 5199 needs to be back in traffic for the Santa season.
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AGM and Working Weekend 11th - 12th October

Saturday saw a small team doing work on the new cab floor and fitting the brake gear, so that we can now apply a hand brake. The trimmings in the oil pots have been renewed. The new smokebox door ring was collected from Tyseley on Friday and delivered to Llangollen. The Tyseley boys have done a superb job. Work can now continue on the smokebox door.Sunday morning was AGM time and a really good turnout
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Working Weekend 26-27th July

The weekend of the 26th 27th July saw just Colin and myself getting on with 5199. We focused on making a start on the wooden frame for the cab floor. It wasn't an official working weekend hence no one else in attendance. The job was more difficult than first imagined. If the wood is to lie flat then there are dozens of bolt and rivet heads that have to be cleared. The router saw plenty of use over
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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 19 - 20th April

This weekend the team set about painting the remaining parts of the brake gear and these are now ready for fitting back on the loco. Repainted brake gear - Mike Prior.Mike Pierce has been busy re-metalling the axle boxes and these are also now ready for fitting. Re-metalled axleboxes - Mick PriorOne job that needed to be finished from the last working weekend was the polishing of the rods. The worst
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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 1-2nd February

A small team of lads, Spud, Mick, Slewey and Dessie, got on with the jobs that hadn't been completed at the previous working weekend. The black paint was put on the bunker and red applied to the buffer beams and the reverser. Spud attacked the eccentrics with a cleaner disc, to remove all the surface rust and they are now ready for some paint.It's good to see the end in sight and know that 5199 should
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January Update

A huge thank you to all who have responded to the appeal for funds to help finish the 10 year overhaul on 5199. We're not there yet, so if you're thinking of a loan or share or a donation, I'd still be pleased to hear from you. To help save money and allow some volunteer input into the final push on the overhaul, we plan to have working weekends over the next few months and a working week to finally
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October News

The overhaul of 5199 continues, with plenty of jobs done and a lot more to be done. The major work on the boiler is almost completed, including the replacement of the lower outer side sheets and all the corner patches. The Llangollen boilersmiths have done a superb job. The tubes have been delivered to Llangollen and the installation should start in the next few weeks, once the boiler is turned right
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November Update

Just a quick update this time.Jon Kerr and I went down to Cheddleton last Saturday to lend a hand as 5199 is being prepared for her annual boiler inspection, which we are sure she will pass.CVR Volunteers had already removed the washout plugs, bottom mudhole doors and firegrate the previous day and we assisted Chris Meadowcroft by removing the firebox top mudhole door covers, then went
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She's Passed

Well the good news we all wanted to hear has finally come. 5199 has been declared fit for purpose by the Boiler inspector! Well done to all concerned, and the list of "all" continues to grow as more and more loco fitters come to light. CVR volunteer Dave Draycott is the latest person to help, proving to be very keen to get on with the Job. There are still many little jobs for us attend to though before
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9th November 2010

Well tomorrow (Wednesday) is the big day, as Mr Boiler Inspector is paying a visit to look at 5199. Hopefully all will go well, and in my next report I can talk of a successful steam test. Elsewhere, we have had great fun sticking pensioners in 5199s side tanks ( I don’t think there is a law against it). Derek didn’t seem to mind too much, but at 9 stone he was ideal for the job. So with
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6th November 2010

The pace has quickened as the end is in sight! Went to Tyseley and the SVR on Thursday and collected one overhauled Lubricator, Piston Rings for the vacuum pump and more Firebars. The Side Tanks and Cab Roof were refitted on Thursday as well back at Cheddleton. On Friday I arrived in Cheddleton at 10am, and with the help of Graham, Richard Wheatcroft, Richard Cadge, Frank Dale, Mark Tweedy and Chris
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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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31st October 2010

A Busy three days has seen myself on all three days joined at various times by Jon Kerr and Hank Fredericks, along with CVR guys John Locket, Tony Wolliscroft, Ben Wolliscroft (aged 8 , Kev Homer, Chris Meadowcroft .plus Graham and Neil. We have put most of the cladding on.Finished off the Blast pipe which is now ready to go onMade all the studs to hold on the Ashpan and tapped out the Foundation ring
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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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4th October 2010

A good day was had last Sunday with Richard Cadge, Jon Kerr, Hank Fredericks and Myself from 5199, being joined by Neil and Tony from the CVR. Steve Wooliscroft had top-coated the brake cylinder before the weekend so all was ready for reassembling, or so we thought. All was going well until the drill bit broke as the hole for the split-pin was being drilled out. Therefore time had to be devoted
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30th September 2010

Just a quick update as I went down on Wednesday afternoon. Managed to get the balance pipe off, which required me to cut 3x bolts off, not really what I wanted to do but time is not with us. The brake cylinder components were cleaned up and had their first coat of undercoat (top coat to go on on Sunday hopefully, in red of course).  Boiler progress is good with Mark working
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28th September 2010

Went down last Saturday to find Chris Meadowcroft assisting Mark Tweedy in riveting the foundation Ring. I am pleased to say work is progressing well with the boiler overall. All apart from one of the copper patch crews has now been fitted in the firebox, and all the steel patch screws have been fitted to the barrel. The fireman’s side stays have now been fully tapped and are awaiting fitting.
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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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5th September 2010

We had a good Sunday on the 5th of September with Richard Cadge and Richard Pumphrey making an appearance as well as Hank Fredericks. Richy P brought down the new brake cylinder barrel and seals which we had had made a few years ago. Time was spent cleaning up washout plugs, numerous pipes and flanges as well as making new gaskets. The steam cleaner was then let loose on various components and the
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31st August 2010

The mission today was to remove the Vacuum brake cylinder at CVR's request, it is also a component I had long been suspicious about after seeing a stitch-weld repair inside it a few years ago. Starting on my own and getting no where fast with some welded on bolts, it became obvious that the Gas Spanner would be the only option. 5 minutes of this soon saw 7x troublesome bolts removed, and
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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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5199 News

Chris and Mark from the CVR, plus myself have removed the con rods. This is so the pistons can be removed so we can clean out the bores from swarf that was created when the valves were rebored. Splitting the gudgeon pin was easily done with a hydraulic ram pulling it away from the crosshead, a technique I've not used before, and a lot better than hitting the crosshead with a hammer! Next I ground off
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