Monday, 3 October 2016

First of October Update

More work on the frames

Work has started on the small patch repair of the right hand frame.  Our welding expert, Ian Collins has made a start on the weld repair of the frame.  The pictures below give an idea of the progress to date. 
The new patch to replace the poor quality weld (All pictures by Clive Emsley)
The work is far from complete and the weld will be built up in the remaining grove around the patch.  Monitoring of the area around the repair of the frame is constant and is carried out following each weld. Hopefully this will not show up anything of great worry.

Another angle (from the rear of the frames)
The work will be progressing as Ian is available hopefully this can be done fairly quickly and attention can be turned to the other crack which requires less repair.

Other Works

Work has continued on the smaller parts that have been removed from the frames and are in the Villa's painting and storage area.  The first set of steps have been given their first coat of protective paint on the back and the front is awaiting rubbing down, priming and undercoat before applying a gloss green coat.  This work, and work on other small items is progressing well.

The back of the first set of steps to be worked on
Of course, we are a totally self funded group, and every penny we spend on the loco we need to raise ourselves from sales or by receiving donations.  If you feel that you would be able to help our project, please feel free to donate anything large or small to the fund. Details of how you can do this are listed below.

For "Gift Aid" donations please see the Loco 27 web page on the Bluebell Railway site or E mail for a form to donate to us via the Bluebell Railway Trust (E mail address below)

Donations that cannot be gift aided can be made by cheque (payable to the Bluebell Railway) and sent to: Project 27 (The Fenchurch Fund), Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex. TN22 3QL

We also have a just giving page and text giving is also available:
Or for Text donations Simply text "FENC72 £10" to 70070 to donate £10
    - you can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10;
    - you can also elect to Gift Aid your donation;
    - your operator's standard text charge applies.

Our E Mail address for any enquiries (including invitations to attend model railway exhibitions) is

We are also on Face book look out for Project 27

Thank you for reading this far and please come back for another look later!

Clive D. Emsley
Chairman - The Fenchurch Fund
Project Manager - PROJECT 27
A Sub-Committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society

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