Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station, Stibbington, Peterborough, PE8 6LR
Tel: 01780 784444
13th October 2017.
Firebox has the grate supports removed and a start is made on removing the smokebox rivets so that it can be detached and easier access to the front tubeplate gained..
Inside the workshop the chassis team continue removing pipework, working from the bufferbeam past the bogie and into the heart of the loco. They’ve also removed the annulus that holds the bogie to the frame -
The motion gang have opened the front of the RH cylinder and pushed the piston forward for a first inspection. The piston appears to be sitting on the cylinder floor and some rings are broken.
The brake gang have move to the brake cylinder and actuating mechanism. Very securely fixed to the dragbox, the cylinder and the hinge bracket look difficult to take down but it’s important to to be able to inspect the fabric of the dragbox as it is a critical component of the loco’s ability to haul trains.
RH Cylinder front with cover freshly removed. Gleaming liner edge is visible on the right inside and the piston-
RH Valve gear part-
4th October 2017.
A good day. Started off wanting to get everyone attacking the boiler -
After the false-
Unaffected by outside panics, Paul Ken and Stan took the front off the RH cylinder. Wear inside looks not-
Also impervious to the outside excitement, Graham and Clifford continued cleaning and overhauling the airpump.
David and Ian review the sate of the sandbox that they’ve just taken down. It’s upside down and three of the ‘udders’ have been removed, exposing the holes through which sand flows to the wheels, the fourth udder (top, right) awaits removal.
Steam brake actuating bracket. Very firmly attached to the underside of the dragbox.
18th October 2017.
Bad weather kept everyone inside today.
Pictures from John Wood.
The motion team removed the right hand side combination lever and radius rod. The combination lever is pictured
The remains of the ashpan linkage was stripped out -
All pipework is now off and more front-
29th October 2017.
Quite an exciting Sunday for a change. Three major items to report...
First, the smokebox is off. Jamie, Pete and Ben burned out the last 9 rivets and, perhaps inevitably, the smokebox just sat and looked at us. To encourage movement, Jamie jacked up the front of the box and let it drop. Some movement but nowhere near enough, so he cut slots in the sides adjacent to the tubeplate A bit more jacking and it was obvious that the whole box was free and ready to come off, so DOC and Jamie used the loader to 'ease' it away from the boiler and stand it on its end on the ash.
Secondly, the front running plate panels have been taken off. Sarah looked pleased as punch to take the LHS off without much problem but was less happy with the RHS, where practically every nut/bolt seemed immoveable. She persisted and, with some help from Pete, was eventually rewarded with a satisfactory completion.
Thirdly, that great bugbear of recent weeks, the steam brake cylinder, is off. Ben burned off the six nuts that no-
Slit in smokebox LH side, repeated on RHS. Wedges hammered into the slits opened the circle enough to loosen the grip on the boiler.
Off she comes. Now we can get at the tubeplate.
On the right is the steam brake cylinder and on the left is a mounting plate that has been inserted to work around severe corrosion under the footplate.
Cylinder has lost one of its fixing lugs a long time ago, and we broke another in taking it off.
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