|'Keep Up The Pressure' Appeal
Although funds were raised to enable 34059's boiler to be repaired in-house to speed-up it's return to traffic the boiler has been sent away for repairs and funds are still needed.
Further Details Donation Details
30th August 2015
No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale was returned to Sheffield Park on Thursday.
|No. 21C123 being shunted at Horsted Keynes by SECR C class No. 592|
|No. 21C123 attached to BR 9F No. 92240 for their journey south.|
18th August 2015
The pictures below were taken on 16th August.
|The completed and painted north end.||South end with new sheets added and primed.|
|The varnished timber in the corridor.||The frame for one of the seats.|
No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale is currently at Horsted Keynes whilst the workshop is re-clad.
15th May 2015
Sir Archibald Sinclair
The steam combine (i.e. manifold) from 34059 shows the faces being machined at Sheffield Park after the body of the casting had been bead blasted to remove the surface rust which had accumulated.
It is important that the joint face between the steam combine and the Klinger valves is a steam tight fit. The milling of the combine face and the valve face will ensure that this is the case.
The main steam supply to the backhead controls is via the Klinger valve sited on the front of the firebox casing on the driver's side of the engine. The steam combine outlets (on the underside in photograph above) control the individual steam supply to the two injectors from the two Klinger valves attached to the two right hand apertures, the steam heating from the second left aperture and the vacuum ejector steam supply from the far left aperture. Bulleid's design allowed the steam supply to each of the main controls to be isolated without having to turn off the supply to all the other controls.
The intention is to have all the backhead fittings ready to be refitted when the boiler returns from Crewe
|The picture of the backhead was taken in 2009 and shows the fittings attached to the combine (the Southern's name for the manifold).|
The picture above shows 21C123 after being moved from the dock road on platform 2 before being shunted into the shed at Sheffield Park.
Left: Almost inside the engine shed where she now resides for protection. Note the covers over the buffers.
17th February 2015
The pictures below were taken by Mike Anton on 15th February.
|First class compartment C with ceiling refitted along with the overhauled seat-back structure.||South end where the steel bottom-plate has just been renewed and the main end pillars put in place.|
|North west corner being prepared for painting.||Detail of the north end corridor connection.|
2nd January 2015
Bluebell Railway 2014/15 500 Club
Membership of the Bluebell Railway 2015/16 500 Club is now open. The club has been running for several years and is now helping to raise funds for the repair No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair's firebox. Full details available here.