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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Working weekend 17-18th May

This working weekend was well attended, with a team of 14 and was very warm. The main objective for this weekend was to get all the spring hanger bolts along with their cups and washers and rubber pads all cleaned up and painted into primer. It has to be said they were 'mucky' but the team got stuck into the task and by late Sunday afternoon they were all done and hanging off wires on the footplating
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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 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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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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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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31st January 2011

Hank and I spent some time on 5199 on Sunday by ourselves, though we still enjoyed it. Hank managed to get a few nuts and bolts tightened up, and checked out as well as fit a bracket. Still quite a few cosmetic bits to finish off though. I managed to get the top of boiler flatted back and painted in undercoat. Members of CVR's MPD are hoping to finish her sometime during the week.We also got to watch
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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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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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