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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 44 - Spring / Summer 1981

Locomotive Department Review - Allan Vigar and Trevor Page

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J R Fairman - Peckett 1900 and Demo Goods Train- 31st August 1981

The feature of many of the 1981 operating days has been rain, rain and yet more rain!

Coventry No. 1 did not see active service at Easter, due to a mud door joint on the fire-box, which insisted on leaking at boiler pressure above 20 psi. When we finally cured the trouble, we found that most of the other steam leaks at the front end had been successfully dealt with before Easter and the new gland packings and remetalled big end were first-class. The self closing regulator still blows through from time to time and there seems little we can do with it, other than replace it with a normal slide valve type. The new combination valve, to enable the vacuum brake to control the locomotive steam brake, which was fitted last winter, is excellent and has improved train braking considerably.

On 7715 the boiler work (lap fracture and stays), tyre reprofiling and axlebox repairs have been completed at the Severn Valley's Bridgnorth Works, the components returned to Quainton at the end of July and paid for! Meanwhile work continues on the overhaul work in our shed and reassembly will follow in the coming winter.

Hornpipe, David Potter's Peckett No. 1756, made its first appearance on passenger trains at Easter, following its new front axle being fitted, and it is a pleasant little engine to drive. Also in steam for the first time in public was Peckett 1900, carrying the appropriate headboard Britain's Smallest Standard Gauge Locomotive. At the August Bank Holiday weekend it provided a further attraction, when it worked a demonstration goods train on the short siding.

Del Etheridge's Peckett 2104 made the third of the trio of engines from the Bristol firm to be in action and has performed well. It is an ideal locomotive for the cold weather! In the 1980 / 81 closed season new tube ferrules had been fitted, also new buffer springs.

During the summer all three Sentinels in the up yard have been out for a whirr, trying to convince the public they are really steam locomotives. Alan Bolton's 6515 has been beautifully repainted in red and straw lined black livery and carried replica plates: L&NER 49, 1930, on 31st August (just to confuse the historians!). On the buffer beam Alan has painted the class, Y1/2. The three Sentinels are expected to be in steam together on Enthusiast's Day - on 11th October.

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J R Fairman - The Ivatt Trust Workshop and 46447

In the Ivatt Works the Trust are making inroads into dismantling 46447. The frames are on packing and the policy is being followed of stripping off component, cleaning and preserving them and placing them in store. The Trust are creating an excellent workshop which has been equipped with light and 110v power and is being provided with compressed air services and electricity at mains voltage. Incidentally, they have a very interesting photographic display showing their locomotives in service in BR or private ownership days.

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J R Fairman - Trym now has a chimney!

We are disappointed that our finances have not allowed us to put in hand the heavy boiler repairs on the Beattie or L44, especially as we had hoped to send the Beattie to the Bluebell Railway's Centenary celebrations next year in working order. The cost of these two major firebox repairs may be as high as £10,000 so our Treasurer will be pleased to hear from anybody who has a sofa stuffed with fivers!

Dennis Howells and the 9466 Group have made a superb job of restoration of the cab, bunker and all the footplate fittings and pipework on their Pannier and have removed the ash pan in preparation for removal of the boiler, knowing they have already completed the complex task of all the cab work.

Roger and Sandy Wornham continue with the early stages of overhaul of Swordfish and they have removed the cab and carried out preservative painting. Dave Alexander is still busily engaged on restoring the vintage Trym as a static exhibit and it now sports a chimney.

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D Howells - The Hawksworth Pannier, 9466

6024 King Edward I has been a hive of activity in recent months, the major job being the removal of the smokebox, tubeplate ring and front tubeplate. Removal of wasted firebox stays has also been carried out. Early this year approval was given to a temporary plastic sheeting hut, for 6024 Preservation Society members to have some protection when working in wet weather - a frequent phenomena at Quainton!

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J R Fairman - 6024's Smokebox and Boiler

We are hoping to achieve a first in Preservation Centres by having Laporte fireless 2243 in use on Enthusiast's Day, charging the reservoir from Coventry No. 1's boiler. Again, more news next time.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1981 and so does not reflect events in the 33+ 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.

Locomotive Department Review - Allan Vigar and Trevor Page - Quainton News No. 44 - Spring / Summer 1981

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