Tuesday, 21 May 2019

A few pictures of the progress

Thank You

Thanks to all our loyal supporters who came to the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society who attended the AGM, and spent or donated with Project 27.  The figure taken on the night was up on last year and will go a little way to replenishing the coffers following the manufacture of the new cylinders and frames.

Progress Pictures

Piston Rods


The two piston rods at the front with other items in the primer painting area

The tapered ends which locate in the crossheads
this shows that the two rods are of different diameter, we know not why.
The rods will be metal sprayed and resized by turning/grinding to the correct profile before they are reassembled with the pistons and installed into the cylinder block.

Crossheads

Then crossheads on the bench having been stripped down and cleaned

Crossheads on the bench. Note the pre 1974 trimmings that were still in the oil pots!

The crossheads awaiting dimension checking to make sure the wear is not excessive.
The crossheads have been stripped down to enable a thorough clean and wear check to be carried out. Once the checks have been carried out it they will be reassembled and got ready for refitting to the piston rod/piston assembly.

Piston Covers

The rear cylinder covers

The front cylinder covers
The front and rear cylinder covers have been thoroughly cleaned and checked to make sure they are fit for further use.  they have then been given a coat of bonder primer to preserve them whilst waiting to be returned to the loco once the cylinders have been installed between the frames.

The Frames

The rear buffer beam attached using blue temporary bolts ready for hole reaming and riveting

Additionally the front of the drag box has similarly been temporarily bolted in

The forge ready for the next riveting session!
The frames continue to be built up from the flat pack kit of parts!  note on the middle picture the list of rivet sizes  and marks as to which rivets go where.  This riveting will be taking place in the very near future.

Funding

All of the work we carry out on the locomotive is supported by The Fenchurch Fund and carried out by the Little Loco Group.  As the Loco Director's budget is taken up, rightly, with the locomotives that pull our trains, every penny we spend on the locomotive has to de funded by ourselves, resulting in many sales stands and donation opportunities throughout the year.  If you would like to help us restore No.27 and continue our work on other small locos, please donate as much as you are able.


 If you are able to help, please donate only as much as you can afford.
To donate on line, please go to our BT MyDonate page:

or use the QR code below.

PLEASE NOTE
The BT My Donate page will be removed by BT on the 30th June.  However, we are working closely with the Bluebell Railway Trust who are currently setting up a new donations page. Details will be posted as soon as we have them. 
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


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





Thursday, 16 May 2019

Bluebell railway AGM

Just a quick not to say that we will be at the AGM on Saturday evening with our usual sales and information stand, not forgetting the famous Bubbly Raffle!

If you are a member of the BRPS, Please come along and support us and help the meeting go without a hitch too.

It is likely that there will also be a small stand outside the signal box at Sheffield Park on Sunday as I am in the signal box!

There should be an update, with pictures, for you following a working day this Saturday at Sheffield Park I will try to get it to you by mid week..

In the meanwhilst, I would like to share a few pictures I managed to win on a certain well known web based auction site recently.  They feature No.27 at Horsted Keynes in 1964 soon after repainting into SECR livery.

No. 27 in Platform 2 at Horsted Keynes 3rd May 1964

No. 27 in Platform 2 at Horsted Keynes 3rd May 1964


No. 27 in Platform 2 at Horsted Keynes 19th May 1964
 
No. 27 in Platform 2 at Horsted Keynes 19th May 1964
If you have any pictures of any of the fleet of small locos at the Bluebell Railway (especially 27 or 72) that you no longer require, the Fenchurch Fund Archive would be pleased to hear from you.
Thank You

 If you are able to help, please donate only as much as you can afford.
To donate on line, please go to our BT MyDonate page:

or use the QR code below.

PLEASE NOTE
The BT My Donate page will be removed by BT on the 30th June.  However, we are working closely with the Bluebell Railway Trust who are currently setting up a new donations page. Details will be posted as soon as we have them. 
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


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



Tuesday, 7 May 2019

This week!

On Wednesday the 8th May Clive Emsley will be giving an illustrated presentation on the history and restoration of our loco SECR No.27.
The talk will take place at the Cypress Hall in Burgess Hill (RH15 8DX) commencing at 7:30.
There is ample car parking at the Crescent Way Public Car Park which is at the rear of the hall.


See the Sussex Woodcraft Society page for details. (http://www.sussexwoodcraft.co.uk/)

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Dates for your Diary!



There are a couple of events coming up in May that may be of interest to you.
The first is an evening talk to the Sussex Woodcraft Society at the cypress Hall in Burgess Hill.  This will give an up to date description of how the restoration has got to where we are now. further details can be found on their website http://www.sussexwoodcraft.co.uk/


Then on Saturday 11th May we will be attending the Haywards Heath Model Railway show. This will be at the Dolphin Leisure Centre, Pasture Hill Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1LY. again for further details please go to their web site:  https://haywardsheath2019.wixsite.com/hh2019


Our next stand after that (apart from the possibility of a small table when I am in the signal box) will be at the Bluebell Railway Model Railway Exhibition on the 29th and 30th of June. https://www.bluebell-railway.com/whats_on/events-dates/  This also gives dates of other events at the railway, some of which we will be in attendance for.


We have got to where we are with the help of people like you who support us, and thank you for that.  We do need to keep the ball rolling though and with the recent expenditure we need to try to keep the coffers full, so if you are able to help us pay for the restoration please do!


Thank you




If you are able to help, please donate only as much as you can afford.
To donate on line, please go to our BT MyDonate page:


 
or use the QR code below.



PLEASE NOTE
The BT My Donate page will be removed by BT on the 30th June.  However, we are working closely with the Bluebell Railway Trust who are currently setting up a new donations page. Details will be posted as soon as we have them. 


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



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




Monday, 15 April 2019

A few more riveting pictures

These are a few of the pictures I took during a whistle-stop trip on Saturday.

Cylinders

The rear of the cylinder block showing the machined and honed bore and the machined faces
 
The top of the block showing the exhaust port, upon which will be mounted the Blast Pipe also temporary bolts holding the halves together.
 

A closer view showing the exhaust and other connections

Riveting

A close up of the end of one of the riveted up stretchers
 
Two of the stretchers firmly riveted in place, also note the running plate bracket riveted in place
One of the 6 running plate brackets riveted in place.  These being adjacent to the cylinders are countersunk on the rear
The view from the front of the locomotive showing the bolted motion plate and rear buffer beam, together with the riveted stretchers and running plate brackets.  The holes forming a T shape in the brackets are the location holes for the brake hanger housings.

Rear Drag Box

The new drag-box plate riveted up and ready to be installed
 
This is all that remains of the original drag-box plate, obviously in need of replacement!

WE DESPARATELY NEED YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE!

The work so far has depleted our funds and to continue to progress at the same rate we need your help.  It is expected that by the time we have finished we will have spent in the region of £150,000 on the repair / rebuild / restoration of the loco.  We have currently spent in the region of £30,000, so there is still some way to go!

This is an important loco in that it served in France during the First World War along with 753 (now on the KESR) and as such became one of the first standard gauge ROD locomotives. 

No.27 was also part of the pioneer fleet of locos on the Bluebell Railway, being the second P class to arrive and working virtually continuously from March 1961 until September 1974. 

This loco deserves to be working again!  

If you are able to help, please donate only as much as you can afford.
To donate on line, please go to our BT MyDonate page:

 
or use the QR code below.



PLEASE NOTE
The BT My Donate page will be removed by BT on the 30th June.  However, we are working closely with the Bluebell Railway Trust who are currently setting up a new donations page. Details will be posted as soon as we have them. 


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


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



Friday, 12 April 2019

Some right riveting pictures!



Riveting Pictures

Matt has sent through some pictures of the work carried out by Ben and him a couple of weeks ago.  These show the two middle stretchers riveted in place together with the running plate support brackets that have been riveted to the frames on both sides.

The frames with the two middle stretchers riveted in place together with the six running plate supports.
Countersunk rivets waiting to be ground flush

The picture above shows the countersunk rivets that have been used to locate the front running plate brackets.  The rivets need to be flush to allow the installation of the cylinders.  these will be behind the cylinders when they are installed.
Domed Rivets
Further down the frames normal dome headed rivets are required. In the background it is possible to see the new rivets holding the stretcher in place. 


Viewed from the outside of the frames, showing the dome headed rivets
From the outside of the frames it is possible to see the new rivet heads which are securing the running plate support brackets.  You may notice the four holes which make a "T" shape.  These will locate the top mounting point for the brake gear swinging arms which carry the brake blocks.


There will be another rivet party in the not too distant future to assemble and locate the rear drag box between the frames and also to add the rear buffer beam.  Please look out for future updates which will show this being done.


The usual appeal for help!

The work so far has depleted the funds to quite a degree and we urgently need to replenish the coffers to allow the work to continue at the rate we have set.  There are a few ways to help us.  for an instant donation, please donate on line. It is also possible to set up a standing order to give a regular amount via the Bluebell Railway Trust, who can also take one off donations.  Please add gift aid if you are able when donating via the Trust.  We also have a collection jar on the stands we operate on occasions at Sheffield Park for all your loose change (or notes!).  We are also now able (subject to getting a signal) to take card payments in person at the stands.

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



PLEASE NOTE
The BT My Donate page will be removed by BT on the 30th June.  However, we are working closely with the Bluebell Railway Trust who are currently setting up a new donations page. Details will be posted as soon as we have them. 


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

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







Thursday, 4 April 2019

The Cylinders are back!

Picture Report

A few pictures from Matt Holloway showing the freshly machined cylinders for 27 starting with a view at Statfold Engineering plus some close ups of them at Sheffield Park.

 
The cylinders on the truck at Statfold Engineering. 
All secured and ready for the trip to Sheffield Park
Safely back at Sheffield Park!
Looking through the bore of the right cylinder
 
The front of the cylinders now in the loco works store
The front of the cylinders
 Well, I think this can be said to be the end of the beginning!  We are now, or soon will be, in the same position we were (visually) two and a half years ago!  

There is a big difference though we now have a new set of frames and cylinders.  These have made a big dent in the bank account, however without them we would be dead in the water. 

The frame riveting is coming on very well, as mentioned in the last blog. Once the frames are riveted up, it should be possible to fit the cylinders.  The next task will be to finish the drag box and rivet it in place, and this will be followed by the installation of the horn guides.  plenty of work still to be done on the frames before the wheels can be replaced.

The usual appeal for help!

The work so far has depleted the funds to quite a degree and we urgently need to replenish the coffers to allow the work to continue.  There are a few ways to help us.  for an instant donation, please donate on line. It is also possible to set up a standing order to give a regular amount via the Bluebell Railway Trust, who can also take one off donations.  Please add gift aid if you are able when donating via the Trust.  We also have a collection jar on the stands we operate on occasions at Sheffield Park for all your loose change (or notes!).  We are also now able (subject to getting a signal) to take card payments in person at the stands.

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



PLEASE NOTE
The BT My Donate page will be removed by BT on the 30th June.  However, we will have another donations page up and running by that time! 


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

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

Monday, 1 April 2019

More Exciting Restoration News!

Frames

Following a weeks hard work, the two stretchers and the footplate support brackets have been riveted into place.  This operation involved Matt and Ben using a week of their annual leave to carry out the reaming and riveting up.  Work will now concentrate on the completion of the rear drag box and reaming the holes before riveting takes place to fix it between the rear frames.  There will be some pictures posted shortly.  Other riveting operations include the location of the horn guides either side of the openings in the frames.
Once the riveting has taken place a small amount of cleaning up will be required before painting of the frames can be carried out.  The usual treatment of bonder primer, undercoat, top coat and varnish will be applied.

Cylinders

The cylinders have now been returned from Statfold Engineering to Sheffield Park, where they are in store awaiting final fettling before being located between the front of the frames.  The machined castings were collected by Matt and Ben late on Friday and unloaded at Sheffield Park on Saturday.  Again pictures will follow shortly.

Sales and Funding

Following a good two days at Branch Line Weekend, we are looking forward to our next fundraising opportunities. The first will be a small table outside Sheffield Park Signal Box on the 27th of April when Clive is signalman for the day.  Following that, we will be at the Haywards Heath Model Exhibition on the 11th of May.   https://haywardsheath2019.wixsite.com/hh2019 We hope to see you there!
We have access to a machine for card payments and donations at Sheffield Park, and hopefully at other venues, depending on connectivity!

The usual appeal for help!

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



PLEASE NOTE
The BT My Donate page will be removed by BT on the 30th June.  However, we will have another donations page up and running by that time! 


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



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

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Progress is moving swiftly!

Restoration News

There has been a fair amount of progress on the frames and parts that are to be bolted or riveted onto the frames in the last few weeks.  As we reported a couple of weeks back, the frames are now erect and bolted up.  These bolts are temporary to allow the squareness and levels to be adjusted.  Riveting has now been scheduled and this will commence in a couple of weeks with a hope for a rapid conclusion to the process. The work is to be carried out by some of our volunteers, led by Matt and Ben, who are taking time off work and giving their time freely to help out. 

The bolted up frames with the footplate brackets also added. 
All of the bolts seen in the picture are temporary and will be replaced with rivets.  There are also many more holes that will be home to rivets.
Other works that have been carried out include cleaning up of various parts that go between the frames.  These have been given a coat of bonder primer to protect them, whilst any bearing surfaces have been protected with oil impregnated bandages.

Sean Smeeth posing with some of the motion and brake rigging.  Later in the day he cleaned and painted the brake shaft.
The work on these parts is on-going and will be top coated before they are installed between the frames. Again there is plenty more to be done before too much assembly can take place, although this should not take too long in the scheme of things.
The brake shaft before cleaning and painting took place.

Sales News

During the Branch Line Weekend we braved the elements on the platform at Sheffield Park with our sales and information stand. Even allowing for the weather our efforts paid off handsomely over the two days.  We did loose a gazebo to a sudden gust of wind on Saturday, but there were no injuries so we left on a fairly positive note!  On Sunday the weather was less gusty and we did even better than Saturday. 
The gazebo with a minor temporary repair before the structural damage later in the day!
Due to the weather we were unable to get our full range out, but had a selection of items to sell.  We would like to thank all of our customers who braved the elements to support us. Our thanks also go to Andrew Waller who travelled down from then midlands to help us out for a few hours, and thanks to him also for the donation of some stock to sell on the stand.
The stand on Sunday was a little fuller and our customers were also able to spend more time speaking and buying, indeed we almost sold out of pickles and preserves!
The stock dwindled on Sunday!
To donate on line, please go to our BT MyDonate page:
 
or use the QR code below.


PLEASE NOTE
The BT My Donate page will be removed by BT on the 30th June.  However, we will have another donations page up and running by that time! 

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

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









Thursday, 14 March 2019

Branch Line Weekend

Just a quick reminder that we will be at Sheffield Park on Platform 1 this weekend for the Bluebell Railway Branch Line Weekend.  If you are about, why not pop along and support us in our endeavours to return SECR No.27 to traffic.  We will have plenty of stock and news for you, it may be possible to see the loco being worked on in the yard (this depends on Atlantic House being open).
No.27 heading South to Sheffield Park with two SECR carriages in tow. (David Christie)
I am sure you would like to see the loco working as much as we do, and to help us to reach the stage of a working locomotive, we need all the help we can get!  Please donate as much as you can afford, no matter how small, it all makes a difference.  Or if you have items that you would like to donate for our sales stands or items suitable for auction (model railways or  railwayana, we would be pleased to receive them.

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


PLEASE NOTE
The BT My Donate page will be removed by BT on the 30th June.  However, we will have another donations page up and running by that time! 

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