Friday, 17 November 2017

Ashington No.5 Update

Work is now 90% finished on both the firebox tubeplate and smokebox tubeplate with both ends of each tube has been expanded using a pneumatic tool and expander. The firebox end also has the ends beaded over for extra protection, work is now progressing to get the engine ready for initial hydraulic tests

Firebox end

Smokebox end

Coal Stage Progress

Sleeper wall progress around the concrete pad
Michael using the large pillar drill to drill brackets to be used on the wall

Beginning to take shape

Thursday, 16 November 2017

No.401 Update

 Below are photos of long-serving volunteer Keith McNally carefully lining out 401s wheelsets. The boiler, which is still currently at the North Norfolk Railway, has now passed both it's hydraulic and steam tests and should be returning to the NTSR in early 2018

Keith lining out the centre wheelset

Finished product

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Work on ACC5

In between aiding the contractors to install boiler tubes, preparations are being made for the locomotive's boiler to undergo its hydraulic test, here Michael can be seen guiding the dome cover into place prior to fitting. More news to follow shortly

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Axlebox Diagram for 401

A diagram of 401s rear axlebox which has been dug out as the axlebox liners and horn guides need to be checked for signs of wear and to also ensure they are within the correct tolerance

Monday, 13 November 2017

New Carriage Battery Charger

With our Santa Specials fast approaching, new carriage battery charging gear has been installed in the workshop so the carriage lighting can be used during the late afternoon trains operating in December

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Coal Stage Progress

John drilling a hole through one of the sleepers in order to fit brackets which will hold the sleepers to the rail

Concrete process complete!