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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.


Archive Newsletters Nos. 11-20

Club 60-24 Newsletters Nos. 11-20, covering the period October 1994 to December 1996 have been added to the members area of this site.

They can be found here.

They make fascinating reading, we hope you enjoy remembering what has been done in the past or perhaps reading about it all for the first time.

Our thanks to Tony Jackson for scanning the back issues. More issues will follow soon.



Tender Tank Refitted

On Saturday 19 January No.6024’s tender, No.2425, took another big step towards completion with the final fitting of the tank to the chassis in the workshops at Highbridge. This follows on from its rewheeling and subsequent independent inspection in late 2018.

Much work remains to be done before the tender can be moved to Minehead to join the engine. Just some of the tasks remaining are:

  • Bolting the tank to the chassis, it was previously riveted.
  • Fitting numerous smaller items such as toolboxes, hoses and footplating.
  • Lots of painting with final painting to be undertaken at Minehead.
  • Significant electrical wiring which is probably the biggest remaining task and one which could not progress until the tank was fitted.

Outside the Research Lab Vol.2 – Physics in Vintage and Modern Transport

Something a little different…. No.6024 features in a recently published and very readable physics textbook written for university students and those with a more general interest in science and technology, “Outside the Research Lab Volume 2 – Physics in Vintage and Modern Transport” by Sharon Ann Holgate.

The total reworking of No.6024’s electrical systems during the current overhaul is covered in some detail in chapter two of this interesting and informative book. The locomotive even features on the cover! Other railway related topics covered in the book are the electrical systems on A1 No.60163 Tornado, class 08 and 09 diesel shunting locomotives and the Milwaukee Road streamlined Cedar Rapids Skytop parlour lounge observation car in the USA.

The official webpage for this book can be found by clicking here.

A short video on the book can be viewed here.



Support Coach 35333 Overhaul

On 10 January 2019 Richard Corser and Martyn Bane visited Arlington Fleet Services in Eastleigh, the company  overhauling 6024’s support coach. Mk1 BSK W35333 is undergoing the heaviest repairs in its life. The photos accompanying this news item show just some of the work undertaken. It is running a little behind initial estimates reflecting some of the problems found with the coach since the work started. All work viewed is being carried out to a high standard, this work includes:

  • Bottom 6″ of bodysides renewed.
  • Guttering removed, repaired and fully sealed on fitting.
  • Doors reskinned and repaired.
  • End pillars inspected (all in good order).
  • Floor repairs.
  • External 24V system rewire.
  • 24V provision for connection to the locomotive.
  • New end to end steam heat pipe.
  • Braking components overhauled.
  • Bogie and wheelset work (on-going).

A few tasks, the biggest surrounding the bogies and wheelsets, remain to be completed before the coach can be lowered from the high stands it is currently positioned on. This will allow the body and roof to be prepared for painting and a myriad of smaller jobs to be completed.


Rods – Connecting and Coupling

The last couple of working parties of 2018 have seen some significant progress made with some very visible items on the engine’s chassis.

The inside right connecting rod has been installed whilst both sets of coupling rods (left and right) have been trial fitted. These require very little further work to see them fitted more permanently.

All the components for the inside left connecting rod have been prepped for fitting, the actual fitting being paused until the new air brake pipes running down the inside of the frame had been finished. This has been achieved allowing the connecting rod to be fitted early in 2019. Rapid progress on the outside connecting rods is expected through January.

In early December Eddie Draper of Ricardo Rail visited both the tender and the engine as part of their periodic checks on progress. This successful visit means that in early 2019 the tender tank can be reunited with the chassis taking it much closer to completion.