BLUEBELL RAILWAY 2014/15 500+ CLUB
34059 FIREBOX REPAIR FUND
The 500+ Club is NOW OPEN for membership.
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firebox by joining.
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Membership closes 25th of March 2014
11th March 2014
Work is currently centred around the southern end with the west corner pillar requiring replacement and remedial work needed on the eastern one. The bottom steel sections in the end area will also require probable replacement since there is corrosion in this area. The bottom of the sections of the zintec sheeting on the eastern side have now all been cut to the same profile.
|South end plating.||North end.|
Internally, the first class compartments now have ceilings and some of the moulding are in place and electrical wiring continues. The corridor end connections for the south end of the coach may well be a new unit.
Outside, one of the replacement bogies has been needle gunned and painted - the other one awaits attention. Adjacent to the bogies are the four wheel sets.
The re-upholstering of the seat cushions and seat backs has commenced with the photograph showing a re-upholstered second class compartment cushion. This work is being undertaken at Eastleigh.
1st March 2014
Sir Archibald Sinclair
Work is underway on the repairs to the firebox of No. 34059 at Crewe, who have been contracted to undertake the repairs. The new Nicholson thermic syphons will replace the two syphons in the firebox which are to be scrapped due to corrosion and metal fatigue. The position of the 131 stays in each of the new syphons have been marked out and drilled and the stays themselves are being manufactured. The stays have a hollow central section which will indicate if there are signs of a fracture of the stay since water will be seen at the stay ends. After the syphons have been marked out with the position of the stays, the syphons are drilled and the stay holes tapped out to the correct size (1") to enable the stays to be screwed in place.
3rd January 2014
Society Membership Offer
The Society is offering a print of Chris Wood's painting of No. 34023 Blackmoor Vale to all those who join the Society as life members – or to ordinary members upgrading to life membership.
The print depicts No. 34023 Blackmoor Vale, in malachite green livery, hauling the 2.50pm Waterloo to Ilfracombe and Torrington holiday train on 9th July 1949 near Winchfield.