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Quainton News Archive - No. 58 - Autumn / Winter 1985 / 86
Engineering News - Trevor Davey
Having brought together all the Engineering - related Departments under this new Committee, it has fallen to me as Chairman to report on what they are all doing; I knew there was a snag somewhere with this job! Being first and foremost a Loco man, I make no apologies for reporting the Loco news at the beginning.
Our old faithful Coventry No. 1 has recently had some minor repairs done to the firebox by outside contractors and is now fighting fit again. During the summer, the new star performer, Met No. 1, had to be withdrawn from service for a short while to allow replacement of an internal steam pipe supplying the vacuum ejector. The original had a split and was picking up water, as well as steam - not good for maintaining vacuum! Now back in service, Met. No. 1 is proving to be a very strong engine, but it does require careful handling to avoid slipping. This winter should see the lining finished off, together with a few other small details left in the rush to return her to steam. Fireless No. 2243 has not seen much use this year, but was in action on our 'Enthusiasts Day', although the paintwork looked rather dull and is now in need of some attention.
Over in the up yard, 7715 has performed well in her new surroundings, but was involved in an unfortunate 'scrape' with an out of gauge load being moved on an adjacent siding. This caused slight damage to the left hand injector pipe and cab handrails. Repairs were made swiftly, as this coincided with Met. No. 1 being out of action; meanwhile, Coventry No. 1 kept the flag flying. 7715 has also had attention to the firebox, in an attempt to cure leaking lap joints. These repairs have only been partially successful, so further work is planned.
Peckett No. 1900 was steaming again on the 'Enthusiasts Day', whilst Sentinels Susan and Isebrook double-headed on the up yard passenger train for a while. 7715 sported a Starrier hooter for this event (well, Starrier did start on the GWR!) and we had seen seven steam locos in action. Disappointingly, 9466 did not return from Didcot in time, but she is back now. There has been some good progress on 6024 and the chassis is now complete, apart from pistons and connecting rods. Boiler work has now been put out to contract and - dare we say it - 1986 might see a fire lit.
During September, the catch point in the up yard caught its first victim in the shape of Hunslet diesel No. 2067, the driver of which has now become a member of the exclusive Ballast Club.
On the Carriage and Wagon front, restoration of the Gresley Brake and LSWR Milk Van continues. The Brake actually ventured outside on 'Enthusiasts Day' for use in the parcels train - and it is almost complete externally. This winter should see a final effort put into this vehicle ready for its passenger service next year. The vintage train has been in regular use throughout the season and on occasions has been joined by the LNWR Diner, offering 'Victorian Cream Teas'. This combination certainly makes for an impressive sight behind Met No. 1.
The LNWR combination truck now identified as LNWR 11388, LMS 36895 and, built in June 1911, has received a lot of attention from its new owners, including a new roof canvas and a complete repaint in LNW livery. This newly restored vehicle also saw service in the parcels train on 'Enthusiasts Day' and looked superb.
The Civil Engineering Department has been hard at work all summer. The signal box now has the entire lever frame installed and work is now proceeding in the lower half of the box. Outside is an impressive flight of new steps. Across the line in the up yard the first of the signals for the down yard signalling scheme has been largely restored and will soon be ready for erecting. Work also continues on the trackwork in the shed area. Contractors have continued to make progress on the shed itself and we hope that by Easter the south end of the up yard will be a very different picture.
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