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Boiler Progress – 5th August

On August 5th Martyn Bane and Diana Hurfurt paid a visit to Riley’s in Heywood to review progress on the boiler, it having been 3 weeks since the last visit. It was good to find much work had been undertaken and was continuing. 

A short summary of the work is:

  • More crown stays fitted. The remaining tapped holes were being prepared.
  • Welded in crown sheet patch weld passed non-destructive testing.
  • Crown sheet patch drilled for stays, to be tapped.
  • Work on-going to fit foundation ring rivets.
  • All backhead rivets/patch screws fitted and tooled.
  • New smokebox and doubling plate in stock.
  • Some flu bottle end welds tested and passed, others in progress.
  • Ashpan design will shortly be available for review.
  • Tubes in stock.

Whilst a lot remains to be done we are confident the boiler will be in Minehead during the autumn.

The next visit to review progress is scheduled for the last week in August. By then the boiler is expected to be upright again.


American Arrival

As part of No.6024’s overhaul the boiler is being fitted with a blowdown valve. Many Kings received them in the 1950s but No.6024 did not. No.6000 King George V retains the equipment whilst the boiler fitted to No.6023 King Edward II retains the pad on the throatplate required for the valve.

No.6024 is to be fitted with the system designed at Swindon in 1958. The Swindon system used a blowdown valve produced by the Everlasting Valve Company of New Jersey, USA. In an effort to replicate the system Everlasting, thankfully still in business, were contacted and asked if they could supply the valve used in the 1950’s. Amazingly, they could!

A short while later and after a pause in customs No.6024’s new blowdown valve arrived at Minehead shed in late July. The valve will now be stored ready for the return of the boiler and the sourcing of remaining items needed for the blowdown system. 


Tender Electrics

The tender has now moved one step closer to being complete. Over two days the electrical installation has made significant progress having been taken as far as it currently can be subject to final checking and tidying up. The wiring of the various connectors taking power from the batteries to the control board and to the connections points for the tender to engine jumper cables has been finished. This might sound like a straightforward task but the number of wires involved made it anything other than quick or simple! Much concentration, double and triple checking was needed to make sure things were correct. Our thanks to Martin Ryan and our electrical contractor Rob Morland for their hard work in pushing this on.

Remaining electrical tasks on the power side can basically be summarised as equipping the pair of toolboxes at the rear of the tender with batteries, chargers and voltage controllers. These are currently being made ready electrically by Rob Morland following mechanical construction by Martin Ryan.

On the safety systems side the wiring is in place for the OTMR (black box) and AWS/TPWS. These will be completed by Sharpe Electrical Services once the tender is in Minehead and the engine wiring is in place, the preference being to undertake all the related work at one time. The GSM-R (radio system) is nearly ready for reinstallation, Rob Morland having undertaken some work on the previously installed wiring to draw power from the loco batteries rather than the previously installed discreet battery bank.


Volunteer Meeting

On Saturday July 13th, members of the 6024PS Board were joined by 22 support crew volunteers for a Volunteer Day. We were also joined by Dave Easson, a steam locomotive mainline ‘fitness to run’ examiner and leading member of the Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society (“MNLPS”), the group responsible for the maintenance and operation of Clan Line.

The purpose of the day was to update volunteers on the proposed timetable for the completion of the locomotive overhaul, and to discuss proposals for running-in, recommissioning and eventual return to mainline running. This included proposals for where the locomotive may be based and the number and type of trips which she may haul.

Much has changed since the locomotive last ran on the mainline so part of the meeting was devoted to looking at the paperwork which will need to be produced, how the engineering functions might be managed, and the competencies support crew members will need to have to work on the locomotive. We are particularly indebted to Dave Easson for his advice and guidance, based on his long association with the MNLPS.

All volunteers who attended the meeting, and those who sent apologies, have been invited to complete a questionnaire about their current skills and qualifications, and which tasks they may be interested in taking on in the future (with suitable training where appropriate). This will assist the Board in ensuring we have the right mix of volunteers to contribute to the many jobs which will need to be done, both practically on the locomotive and in the background.

Feedback on the day has been very positive: everyone finding it to be a useful and enjoyable day. And Board members were greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm and interest shown by volunteers both existing and new.


Eighth Bob Robson Album

Album number eight from the Bob Robson collection has now been published. This selection of Bob’s photos covers the 2002-2003 period. We hope you continue enjoy this unique record of No. 6024’s life.

Apologies for the significant delay in publishing this album, the WordPress software behind this website has been less than co-operative!

The final album, the ninth, will follow soon.

Album number eight can be found here.


Boiler and Ashpan Report – 11 July 2019

Much progress on 6024 of late has been undramatic or repetitive photographically with the King’s Messenger and Newsletter covering events.

However, on July 11 Colin Henderson and Martyn Bane returned to Riley’s to view progress on the boiler and discuss the ashpan design and construction.

After a gap in any significant progress things are happening on the boiler. Work currently seen to be in-hand included:

  • Welding the “bottle ends” to the flu tubes.
  • Work to fit the remaining foundation ring rivets, this was delayed due to a material problem. Fortunately none of those already fitted were from the problem batches.
  • The crown sheet patch has been welded in. It is marked up for drilling.
  • Further crown stays had been fitted with work continuing.

The intention is that the boiler will be finished in the early autumn.

The replacement ashpan is to be built at Riley’s. The first step is to draw it in 3D CAD software. The design is a combination of the original with the hopper modifications made at Tyseley during the previous overhaul. The ashpan spark arresting screens are to be to a new and much more practical design which will also be more effective. Once designed the components will be laser cut and profiled prior to welding together at Riley’s and trial fitted to the boiler.

When the boiler and ashpan return to Minehead the intention is they will be craned off the lorry, finally assembled and dropped into the chassis all on the same day. Definitely a day to watch from the platform!


Minehead Container Returned

The society has been using 3 large and 1 small container to store components and other items at Minehead since the overhaul commenced. It is with considerable satisfaction that, on April 30 2019, one of the containers has been returned to its owner. It was no longer needed as everything in it has been fitted to the locomotive. Further containers will be returned this year, those remaining holding items waiting to be fitted once the boiler is back in the chassis.


Annual General Meeting

A reminder to members that the 6024 Preservation Society AGM will be at 14:00 on Saturday 18th May.

This year the AGM returns to the Railway Museum at the Severn Valley Railway’s Kidderminster station.

The formal notice of the AGM and associated papers will be sent to members in the next couple of weeks.

Update – The AGM calling notice, draft minutes for the 2018 AGM and the consolidated accounts can be found on the Annual General Meetings page.