Monday, 12 November 2018

A major step forward

The November working day

Excellent progress was made on Saturday at the "official" working day on Project 27.  A band of 7 of us were on site on Saturday (Matt, Ben, Sean, Ruben, Russ, Jim and Clive).  The day started with grinding yet more mill scale off the last frame surface, and then painting it with Bonder Primer.
Sean ponders the task ahead! (all photos by Clive Emsley)


Sean and Ben removing the mill scale
The last frame plate painted!
With the plates painted it allowed Matt to cut the last few holes and put threads in a couple of them these holes are only in the right hand frame.
Matt carefully marks the position of the last few holes




The holes carefully marked out and ready for cutting and tapping

Matt driving the trusty mag drill cutting one of the last holes 




Ben tapping one of the holes on the right hand side frame plate
 With all the holes now drilled and tapped we wondered what to do next!  so, we got on with putting some temporary bolts into the buffer beam assemblies.
Sean trying to remember which buffer beam parts go where!

There was also a bit more grinding and painting to be done


One of the angles that are located behind the buffer beam

Russ spent most of the day cleaning cylinder covers in the main workshop in
readiness for the machined cylinder block's arrival

So, that got us to about 2pm.  Now, what could we possibly do for the next 2 hours or so?  I know, lets erect the frames!  The frames were lifted to a vertical position and temporary stretchers were placed between the frames, prior to the final stretchers being bolted and then riveted into place.
All ready for the lift, just the final checks to make!
Carefully lifting the left side plate
Jim lifts the second frame plate using the block and tackle on the borrowed sheer legs.
Ben and other members of the team located a number of temporary stretchers
With the frames erected and held using temporary stretchers it allows us room for adjustment longitudinally and vertically.  There will now be a few weekends setting up the frames to ensure they are level and square.  If this is not done correctly it will affect the performance of the chassis, and therefore locomotive.
Carefully lowering the frames onto the frame stands
Adding the last bolt into one of the original stretchers ready for tightening
The frames sitting on the axle stands with the frame gauge sitting on top
Matt starts the process of setting up by making sure the frames are level longitudinally and transversely
Matt and Jim adjusting the stands to ensure levelness.


The process took a couple of hours from start to finish, and now we feel we have a locomotive again!  the cleaning up of the remaining stretchers and final assembly of the rear drag box will continue rapidly so that the frames are in a position to accept the cylinders when they return to Sheffield Park.  There are a number of angles and brackets to finish making, as these are made, they will be test fitted to the frames before final fixing.

The work didn't finish there!

As the day turned into late twilight and darkness, Jim gave a master class in applying bonder primer!

Jim worked quickly to ensure a good coat of paint was added to the angle

We have only been able to get to this stage with your donations and purchases from the Fenchurch Fund stand at various gala days on and off the railway.  we need your support to continue this work, as we are entirely self funded being a sub-committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society.


If you would like to see this locomotive working in a few years, please help us to fulfil our aim.








To donate, please go to our BT MyDonate page:
or use the QR code below.


 
If you would like to make a regular donation, please ask for a Standing Order form by email to the address below, please also use this address for enquiries and offers of physical help.


thefenchurchfund@gmail.com

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

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Plenty of work last weekend!


The Engineering Team


We had another weekend of unusually mild weather which saw Matt and the team busy, and they received plenty of help from other loco Department volunteers who happened to be free on the day.
Work consisted of grinding off the mill scale from the frame plates which were recently split,  followed by a coat of bonda primer.  Three of the faces have now been painted with just one to be treated. 
There are a few holes still to be drilled in the Right side plate which will be done within the next week or so. Once these remaining holes have been drilled we should be in a position to start erecting the new frames!
The frames will, initially, be bolted together to allow for adjustment prior to riveting together once the final alignment has been set up.


Plenty of help grinding the mill scale off the frame plates (Matt Holloway)


Offsite Work


 

Meanwhile offsite at Statfold Barn the machining of the cylinder block has been started.
The valve faces and some other flat faces have been worked on and machined to just above tolerance prior to final machining.  The remainder of the flat faces will be machined before the bores are machined round.  the work can be seenj in the pictures below.
There will be more pictures following a visit to the factory planned for this week.
The Left hand cylinder with the joining faces and valve faces machined. (Statfold Barn)


The outside faces of the Left Hand cylinder machined, waiting for a final skim.

Funding


 
The sales team attended the West Sussex N Gauge Group's exhibition in Angmering last weekend.  We had a reasonable weekend, but the tem members spent more than the stand took in sales!  However we had a good time talking to people and spreading the word about the project.
We were located between the Bluebell Railway Shop and our supporters Harrison Brown Models (http://harrisonbrownmodels.co.uk/).  Another supporting shop, Morris Models (https://www.morris-models.co.uk/), were also in the same hall.


Progress on 27 is at present going really well but, unfortunately, we cannot hope to keep up the good work unless the funds keep coming in! So, if you've enjoyed viewing our progress so far and would like to help in a financial way then please visit our fundraising page.  If you would be interested in joining the engineering or painting teams please email us at thefenchurchfund@gmail.com where we can send you more details.

We have now reached the end of this years programme for sales stands, but if you require any of our items, please contact us at the above address or visit the Project 27 shop page on the Harrison Brown models web site.

 
Please help us with a donation, to do so, 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:

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



Tuesday, 30 October 2018

The last "official" sales stand this year!

A couple of items of interest!

An artists impression of No.27 in the livery she will carry when restored by Matthew Cousins
(certified prints of this are available from Matthew or the Fenchurch Fund)

WSNG Exhibition 3rd & 4th November

Just a quick reminder that this weekend (3rd & 4th November) the West Sussex N gauge Group will be holding their Exhibition, and we will be in attendance with our sales and information stand. 
The show will be open on Saturday 3th November 2018 - from 10am until 5pm and on Sunday 4th November 2018 - from 10am until 4.00pm.
The address of the show is: The Angmering School, Greenwood Drive, Station Road, Angmering,
West Sussex, BN16 4HH
Despite being organised by the West Sussex N Gauge group the show will include all the popular gauges from N to 0 or possibly even bigger!
For further details of the exhibition go to the WSNG web site: http://www.wsng.co.uk/

Other News

Matt Holloway has added a few pictures of the frames and recent ancillary work to the Facebook page.  The work includes splitting the new frames to allow the mill scale to be removed from the three remaining faces of the frames and painting in bonder primer.  Sean Smeeth has been hard at work cleaning and painting the horn guides and other parts ready for fixing back onto the new frames.
Matt has reported that the cylinders are being machined as we speak and are likely to be delivered back to Sheffield Park towards the end of the year.  He has also said that we are on target to erect the frames (with temporary bolts) by the end of the year, allowing the riveting to commence when the weather improves next year.

How can you help?

To keep the project going and Matt & the Gang happy, we need your help and donations!

Thank you all for the donations you have made in the past and also for your continued support, and future donations.


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

 
Please help us with a donation, to do so, 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:

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



Thursday, 18 October 2018

Giants of Steam Weekend

Just a short report from the Giants of Steam Weekend

We had a sales and information stand on Platform 1 on the Saturday of Giants weekend, we took the decision not to have a stand on the Sunday after taking advice from Tomasz Schafernaker on the BBC, he was correct, there was drizzle and wind for most of the day.


We had a good day with plenty of interest from our visitors resulting in a happy treasurer!



The stand is behind the interested visitors!
Whilst there was no formal presence at the restoration area, there proved to be plenty of interest in what was going on and we had many comments of feed back.


Whilst to the casual observer not much seems to be happening there is plenty of changes going on in the villa and on the frames.
The horn apertures have now been ground so that both sides match,
the area of grinding has been given a protective coat of bonder primer to protect the surfaces

A close up of one of the horn apertures
Inside the villa, the hornguides are being worked on. this involves a thorough cleaning and painting of the castings and forgings as can be seen in the pictures.
One of the assemblies waiting to be cleaned and painted

After cleaning and painting, in the company of brake hanger brackets, buffer beam plates and other items


As you can see, there is actually plenty of work going on to make sure that it will be possible to start to erect the frames towards the end of the year, with a view to having a rolling chassis next year.


This work can only continue with your support and donations, Thank you all for the donations you have made in the past and also for your continued support, and future donations.


We greatly 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




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