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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 20 - Summer 1974

GWR 'King' Class 4-6-0 No. 6024 King Edward I

Progress on the King


At Easter it was a chance to have a quick word with Brian Wheeler who is one of the great team who are working on King Edward. He appeared at the smokebox door in response to my call and was happy to report on the progress during the winter months. Naturally, the effort is towards dismantling the locomotive in a careful and methodical way so that the extent of repairs and renovation can be assessed. The ultimate objective in this process is the removal of the boiler from the frames so that a full examination of the firebox and stays is possible, This preparatory work is well advanced and it is hoped to carry out the 'big lift' in June or July at the same time as the mobile cranes may be at Quainton for the transfer of rolling stock. The boiler will also be removed from 46447 at the same time.

It is already known that the bottom rows of firebox stays will need renewal and the smoketubes will also be replaced. The driving axle boxes have to be examined but the motion has been found to be in generally good condition. Pistons and va!ves have been moved so at least they have not rusted in their board during disuse at Barry. Springs, brake gear and items like the vacuum cylinders have been stripped and when Brian emerged from the smokebox he had been drifting out the bolts from the smokebox saddle securing the barrel.

If anybody has a set of connecting rods for 6024 the King boys will be most grateful! These are the only major spares which are not in stock and will be an expensive proposition to make. But never fear, they will be found by some means or another!

News from Chris Tankard has been received concerning the ROD 2-8-0. No. 2003 which has been saved. It has been moved from J & A Browns at Hexham and is now in the Broadmeadow Motive Power Depot in Australia in store with an ex-Mersey Railway 0-6-4T. Later it will be moved again, to the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum where she will be on display as an exhibit until transport back to this country can be financed. A Great Central 2-8-0 is becoming a real possibility at Quainton and we hope to have photographs at Broadmeadow in our next News.


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1974 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.

Reference:
Progress on the King - Quainton News No. 20 - Summer 1974


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