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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 16 - June 1973

SR West Country Class 4-6-2 - 34016 Bodmin

The Restoration of Bodmin - A Progress Report

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J R Fairman - Bodmin, 30th November 1972

At the end of July, Bodmin will have been at Quainton for one year. When the engine arrived we were impressed by the effort which had been made by John Bunch and his team to apply enough paint to make her presentable for the journey by road from South Wales. Much of the painting which had been carried out was to protect the steel from further corrosion and understandably, very little actual work of restoration had been possible or had been attempted in Barry scrapyard. Seven years of sea air and neglect at Woodhams and more than eight years of inactivity had left their mark but the first task at Quainton has been to strip the locomotive and prepare for the more thorough examinations which can only be done when all moveable parts have been removed.

John Bunch has kindly given a summary of the jobs which have, so far, been tackled and we can all learn something about the scope and scale of the operation when we study the list.

First, all the boiler clearing, plates and old insulation has been removed to make possible the examination of seams and rivet heads. The barrel plates have been thoroughly wire brushed and cleaned and painted with heat resisting paint. The firebox has been similarly chipped and cleaned and painted and this necessitated removing the cab.

In the firebox the rocking grate has been removed and the ash pan mechanism is being released and replaced where necessary. The smokebox has also received the treatment to arrest corrosion which was active. Perhaps the biggest task is the preparation of the boiler for its hydraulic test and this involves the redrilling and tapping of all flanged mountings and the fabrication of suitable blanks for every location. Another job already carried out is the blowing clean of all boiler tubes and the cleaning and oiling of the tube plates.

Finally, on the locomotive, all journals have been cleaned and greased.

On the tender all the brake rigging has been dismantled and is undergoing restoration. The major task which has made good progress is the complete stripping off the paintwork from the side plates and during this work the original malachite green was discovered. The inside water space has also been chipped and is undergoing treatment.

In addition to the work at site John and his colleagues have spent hours planning and locating fittings, pipework and spares. It is a great job they are tackling and we all wish them well for the coming year. The King boys have certainly got an example to follow!

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1973 and so does not reflect events in the 40+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

The Restoration of Bodmin - A Progress Report - Quainton News No. 16 - June 1973

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