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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 64 - Winter 1987 / 88
Shed Noticeboard - From the Ashpit - Loco Department News
Photo: Trevor Page - Having returned from Llangollen in time for Enthusiasts Day on 4 October, No. 7715 is
seen with No. 9466 posed for photographers on the Ash pit.
As reported elsewhere, Met No. 1 spent a short holiday on the Mid-Hants Railway in September. The engine left Quainton on 7 September and returned on 23 September. During its stay, Met No. 1 completed nearly 300 trouble-free miles and all the Ropley men were very impressed with its ability to produce steam. Prior to the journey to Hampshire, the loco was given a complete examination to make sure that everything was in order, including a very close inspection of the lubrication system. The only work required after the return has been the replacement of one ring of the brick arch and this will be finished as time permits.
The Society Pannier has also been in foreign parts - this time Wales. The engine was hired to the Llangollen Railway for the summer to help them maintain their daily train services. No. 7715 left Quainton on 14 July and returned on 24 September, having covered somewhere in excess of 600 miles. It is good to report that there were no major problems and only routine maintenance was required to keep the engine running perfectly. When No. 7715 was returned, the opportunity was taken to turn the loco round, so that for the time being it is facing south. To enable the engine to operate the Santa trains, it is to be fitted with steam heating equipment before December.
The NBL plods on without many problems, although the blower valve has had some attention of late.
The fireless was used on Enthusiasts Day with success. Colin Ashman has taken on the task of organising the repainting of this engine.
This engine has seen limited use, because of a technical hitch with the boiler insurance, but this should be resolved by Christmas. Not many people noticed that for one weekend in September No. 1900 was absent when Engineering Services borrowed it to display on one of their trailers at a show in Essex. The loco went away on 4 September and returned on 7 September, when the hauliers took Met No. 1 to Hampshire.
The large Peckett has had the smokebox positioned and work is now proceeding attaching it to the boiler.
Following the resolution carried at the AGM, No. 2015 has been sold to two members, Dave Morphew and Andrew Walley, who wish to keep the engine at Quainton and restore it initially cosmetically, but eventually to working order.
No. 776 has been sold to members of the Rutland Railway Museum and was moved to their site at Cottesmore on 18 September.
A new bunker is being manufactured to replace the badly corroded example currently on the engine.
The chains have been refitted and the loco has seen much use, but at the present time is waiting for the clutch to be attended to.
Work has started on the servicing and repaint of the 04. The cab has almost been finished, as has the radiator surround. The marker lights are also being overhauled.
Esso 1 is operating without problems, but does not see quite so much use now that No. 7016 is available to help share the work load.
The gusset plates are being manufactured and a supplier for the final drive coupling has been located.
The heavy Hunslet is now in regular use and operating very well. It proved very popular at the head of the goods train on Enthusiasts Day. Those headlights are a wonderful asset when shunting in the dark!
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