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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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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5199 Overhaul News & Shareholder Appeal

Thank you for visiting the 5199 website,I know it has been a while since we had any web updates, but I now have more time available so this should be the first of our regular updates.As you may know, 5199 is now in the middle of her 10 year overhaul at the Llangollen Railway workshops. Since she was first returned to steam at Llangollen, back in early 2003, she has spent nearly 5 years based there,
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Farewell to the CVR

5199 has made even more history at CVR recently. Following the completion of the run-round loop at Cauldon Lowe trains are now able to be operated by a single loco instead of the Top & Tail mode we have become accustomed to. With this new loop though, 5199 performed a trial run in the dark during the evening of February 22nd, becoming the first steam locomotive to work solo up the bank since the early
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5199 Saves The Day!

On the 18th & 19th of February, Thomas came to play at Churnet. Unfortunately Thomas isn't strong enough to haul the normal passenger services and so 44767 George Stephenson was rostered to operate these, however following a failure he/she was withdrawn from service forcing 5199 to save the day!5199 stepping in to help Thomas at Leekbrook Junction.I was one of the rostered Crossing Keepers at Cheddleton
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From The Archives

We have been sent an interesting photo of 5199 taken by Fred Kerr at Barry on the 15th November 1969. Two things are remarkable about this view:The comparative completeness of her at this date, 6 years into her stay at Barry. The visibility of the older Great Western lettering showing through the later British Railways livery.I guess that Barry scrapyard was only just beginning to become well known
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