Friday, 28 September 2018

Couple of events

Just a quick not to say that we are running a stand at the Worthing Model Railway Club's annual exhibition this weekend. We will have our updated display boards on show, together with a display of models of Bluebell Railway locos on shed (some may have the wrong numbers on!) and other models showing the little locos we are looking after, in 00 and 0 gauge!  Of course we will have the sales stand with us too, with some new lines in the pickles and preserves department!


We will also be attending the Giants of Steam weekend on the 13th and 14th of October where we will be promoting our Gnat of Steam! 


Hopefully we will see you at one or other event for a chat to discuss the progress of the restoration of No.27.


We always enjoy speaking to our visitors, so why not come along and have a chat?

We value your support and interest in the restoration of the loco, and without your donations we could not continue the work we are doing. 


 
If you would like to help us with a donation, please go to our BT MyDonate page https://mydonate.bt.com/events/27
or use the QR code below.

 
If you would like to contact us please use the following address:
Thank you for your continued support and interest, it is much appreciated.

The Project is entirely self funded and relies on your donations and sales stand purchases for the work to continue

Monday, 10 September 2018

Shareholders Weekend Activities

Restoration News

The team spent Saturday working and talking to some of Bluebell Railway shareholders. Between the visits the team also did some useful and valuable work.  Sean was on hand to clean up a pair of Horn Guides and keeper plates during the day.  This involved bead blasting the castings to remove all traces of paint, rust and other detritus, this was done in the main works at Sheffield Park, with the cooperation of the works manager. following the blasting, they were brought back to the painting bench in the villa and given a coat of Bonder Primer.  This gives the first layer of protection.

One of the Horn Guides before treatment showing signs of rust and paint



one of the keeper plates having been bead blasted back to bare metal




The identification on one of the keeper plates as applied by the Southern Railway



 

 
The cleaned and painted horn guides
Matt also was able to grind the opening in the frames for the trailing horn guide.  This ensures that both of the holes are lined up and in the right place!
The ground and painted opening for the rear horn guides

Sales Stand

We had a great weekend on the sales and donation front this weekend.  We attended the railway on both Saturday and Sunday with the sales stand located on the platform adjacent to our tank.  Thanks to all who came along and donated or bought things from us.  It was a very good to talk to people and let them see what was happening.  We also had a presence on the loco on Saturday and for a while on Sunday to talk to the people on the tours round the yard.



one of our many customers peruses the stall
 
great interest was shown in the updated display boards
 
Arkwright and Granville!
We value your support and interest in the restoration of the loco, and without your donations we could not continue the work we are doing. 

 
If you would like to help us with a donation, please go to our BT MyDonate page https://mydonate.bt.com/events/27
or use the QR code below.

 
If you would like to contact us please use the following address:
Thank you for your continued support and interest, it is much appreciated.

The Project is entirely self funded and relies on your donations and sales stand purchases for the work to continue











Thursday, 6 September 2018

Bluebell Railway Shareholders weekend

No. 27 on the coal dock at Sheffield Park in the early 1970s (P. Heelas)


In addition to the activites put on specifically for the Bluebell Railway shareholders this coming weekend, the yard is open with access to the project area, including Atlantic House, The Class 2 Project and of course PROJECT 27!


We will be on hand to show you what we have been up to on the frames, wheels, cab and many other parts.  We will have a new updated photographic display of the work progressing too!

Come along and speak to the chaps that are doing the work on a week in - week out basis and get an even better understanding of what is involved and see why we have made the decisions we have!


Oh, and why you are with us, why not get yourself one of our new tee shirts?  maybe a replica LBSCR 1st World War service badge?  or maybe just jam or marmalade. 


We always enjoy speaking to our visitors, so why not come along and have a chat?


We value your support and interest in the restoration of the loco, and without your donations we could not continue the work we are doing. 

 
If you would like to help us with a donation, please go to our BT MyDonate page https://mydonate.bt.com/events/27
or use the QR code below.

 
If you would like to contact us please use the following address:
Thank you for your continued support and interest, it is much appreciated.

The Project is entirely self funded and relies on your donations and sales stand purchases for the work to continue

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Spreading the word!

A one day opportunity to raise a few bob!

The Sales stand at St Botolph's Church Near Bramber
The Sales and Information team decided to have a day in the countryside, spreading the word regarding the restoration of the loco.  We were invited to the Friends of St Botolphs Special Fund Raising weekend.  Unfortunately we could not attend on the Sunday as the weather was definitely against us!


However we had a good time on Bank Holiday Monday and made a few bob too!


Our next event is this coming Saturday at the Burgess Hill Model Railway Club exhibition at Burgess Hill Girls School.  It would be good to catch up and for us to let you know the up to date progress with the restoration of the loco.  So if you are thinking of coming pop along to the stand and say hello.


We will have an updated display (hopefully) to show you too!


Thanks as always for your continued interest and support.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

A talk to the Mid Hants Railway

A date for your diary!

Clive Emsley will be giving a talk to the Croydon area group of the Mid-Hants Railway on Friday 14th September. This will give a short history of the P Class and a brief timeline of No.27 up to entering Bluebell Railway service.  There will then be a description of the work she carried out before being withdrawn for overhaul in 1974.  We then hope to give a fairly comprehensive description of what has been done since then.  It will be as up to date as possible with details of where we are now and where we are going with the restoration.  I am sure that you would be welcomed at the meeting should you wish to come along.


The Croydon Area Group of the Mid Hants Railway meet on the second Friday of the month at West Croydon Baptist Church, Spurgeons Bridge, Whitehorse Road, West Croydon. CR0 2JH at 19:30.


Their details can be found on the Regional groups page of the Mid Hants Railway website https://preservation.watercressline.co.uk/groups#g347 where you can also find details of other regional groups.


27 and 72 double heading at Three Arch Bridge during Bluebell on Parade in 1974
Fireman is the late Gerry Butler (Photo by the late Norman Blake)
Also, Bluebell Driver Ian Wright is giving a talk to the South West London Group on Tuesday 6th November Entitled "Steam on the Southern 1965 to 1967"


We value your support and interest in the restoration of the loco, and without your donations we could not continue the work we are doing. 

 
If you would like to help us with a donation, please go to our BT MyDonate page https://mydonate.bt.com/events/27
 
If you would like to contact us please use the following address:
Thank you for your continued support and interest, it is much appreciated.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Network Rail Volunteer days - Final report

The last day (and a half!)

With the rain on Thursday, we were delayed in getting more preserving coats of paint onto the cab.  This was rectified by a crack team on Friday when we managed to finish applying the primer and then added a complete coat of grey undercoat.
Steve and Sherena applying primer to the cab before lunch
late in the afternoon the grey undercoat is applied
At the end of the day the cab was resplendent in grey undercoat
As we failed to get any gloss onto the cab during the 4 volunteering days, mainly owing to the inclement weather on the Thursday, Clive returned to the railway on Saturday to apply the coat of gloss which will help to keep the weather out until the time comes to restore the cab properly.  It does look good from "normal viewing distance" at the moment, but there are areas of perforation on the roof and rust expansion in some of the joints which require rectification.  The work we have carried out (and some more to do) will help the chaps on the ground to be able to assess and work on the cab when the right time arrives.
Clive adding gloss paint to the front cab plate
 
The black gloss applied to the cab roof and green to the cab sheets

A great vote of thanks goes to the volunteers from Network Rail who came to help.  It is much appreciated by the project team.  No need for name, they know who they are!

Forthcoming sales stands

We are attending an open day at St Botolphs Church by the banks of the river Adur  where we will be spreading the word and hopefully selling a few items! on Sunday and Monday of Bank Holiday weekend.  We are also aiming to be at a few gala days and model railway exhibitions, these are:
  • September 1st - Burgess Hill Model Railway Club Exhibition - Burgess Hill Girls School
  • 8th / 9th September - Bluebell Railway Shareholders Weekend - Restoration viewing tours
  • 22nd/23rd September - Worthing Model Railway Club Exhibition - Durrington High School
  • 13th/14th October - Giants of Steam - Sheffield Park
  • 3rd/4th November - Sussex N Gauge Group Exhibition - Angmering School
We are also giving talks to a couple of groups over the winter. If you would like a talk regarding the restoration, please drop us an email.


 
We value your support and interest in the restoration of the loco, and without your donations we could not continue the work we are doing. 

 
If you would like to help us with a donation, please go to our BT MyDonate page https://mydonate.bt.com/events/27
or use the QR code below.

 
If you would like to contact us please use the following address:
Thank you for your continued support and interest, it is much appreciated.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Second interim report!

Day Three - Network Rail Volunteer days

The weather spoilt the party a little today and plans had to be changed and we had to find some indoor work.  However, before the rain came we managed to get a coat of primer onto the front cab sheet, having knocked the last of the rust off.
John shows Liliana what needs to be wire brushed
Having painted the front cab sheet they stand back and view their work
 
Whilst the paint dried and before the rain came attention moved to the rear cab sheet
 
Following the break in the weather, John and Dabi are seen cleaning the rear window protectors
A close up of the cleaning process
One of the gutters from the side of the cab roof was given a basic clean by Clive
 

The other end after treatment

Liliana cleaning a smokebox handle during the rain disrupted day!
On day 4 we are confident we will be able to complete the painting of the outside of the cab.  There is a small amount of cleaning off to do first, but that should not take too long!  So it looks like mainly painting primer and possibly an undercoat on some of the cab too!
 
It is likely that we will need to complete the inside of the cab later, this is purely due to the weather on Day 3.  it is possible that we can do some of this work on Saturday during the monthly working day organised by Matt.
 
Of course, the labour was free to us via the Network Rail Volunteer day scheme, and the Project is grateful for this.  The materials used for the 4 days were purchased by the Fenchurch Fund as part of the support for Project 27 and this amounted to around £130.  This is a small amount in the scheme of things, but it still needs to be paid for. 
 
We value your support and interest in the restoration of the loco, and without your donations we could not continue the work we are doing. 

 
If you would like to help us with a donation, please go to our BT MyDonate page https://mydonate.bt.com/events/27
or use the QR code below.

 
If you would like to contact us please use the following address:
Thank you for your continued support and interest, it is much appreciated.