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No. 21C123 New Inner Firebox Appeal
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Blackmoor Vale Plate
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To enable No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale to be overhauled and returned to traffic it requires a new inner firebox costing £200,000
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  West Country Inner Firebox

21st May 2024

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

No. 34059 was pulled out of the paint shop at Horsted Keynes so that a few mechanical items could be attend to. There are also some small items still in undercoat and the smokebox needs to be painted.

Credit 34059 in Horsted Keynes Yard
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  Bathed in sunshine outside the shed at Horsted Keynes.
Credit 34059 in Horsted Keynes Yard spacer The cab area fully lined.
Credit 34059 in Horsted Keynes Yard
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  Two coats of varnish are applied after the final top coat and lining out to give additional protection and the gloss finish now seen

No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale

Attention has now turned to the driver's side with some of the casing removed exposing the mass of pipes etc. The casing is being stored upright on pallets adjacent to one of he Bulleid Society's containers and will be covered with a tarpaulin once all the sections have been removed.

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  The casing removed from around the firebox on the drivers side.
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  With the casing removed the drain cock lever can be viewed.
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  The casing on pallets beside one of the Society's containers.

16th May 2024

No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale

No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale is now down at Sheffield Park and the removal of the air smoothed casing on the fireman's side is being undertaken. To remove the casing, some of which is bolted on, all the rivets must be drilled out before the casing sections can be removed from the ribbed frame. A similar procedure has started on the driver's side of the engine.

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  No. 21C123 in the running shed at Sheffield Park.
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  Removal of the admisionary boxes for the axlebox lubrication. The firehole doors have also been removed.
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  The casing removed from around the firebox.
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  The casing removed from next to the smokebox.
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  The far front section of the casing has been left in place as the smokebox may be cut off.

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

All areas except the tender rear have had two coats of gloss and lining out and cab lettering are in progress.

The painter is Ralph Timmins and the sign writer is Ian Adams – both experts in their own fields. The lining is carried out in the classic way with a chalk line to give the basis of the paint line and in a similar way a chalk outline is put onto the cab side for the number and the 7P 5FA power classification. 

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  Ian Adams lettering the power classification with the numbers marked out on the right.  
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  The tender marked out for lining.
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  The tender lined and the BR crest in position.
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  The smokebox front.

19th April 2024

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

Painting progress is slow but sure! Ralph is using a 50% paint and 50% PPA brushing additive for the first gloss coat, giving a good basic colour.

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8th April 2024

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

Below are photographs of No. 34059's painting progress at Horsted Keynes. The painting has now reached the undercoat stage after much work in producing a good basic finish on which to paint. Areas where the surface finish was poor have been filled and then sanded before the first undercoat has been applied. The window frames are from the fireman's side of the cab and have been removed to assist the painting.

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6th March 2024

Normandy Landing!

No. 96 Normandy has been moved into Atlantic House for her overhaul. No. 32424's tender was first removed and then No. 96 was pushed onto the low loader which was then repositioned so that No. 96 could be off-loaded into Atlantic House.

No. 32424 Beachy Head will be reunited with her tender and they will then go into the maintenance shed.

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  No. 96 Normandy with LSWR Adams Radial Tank No. 30583 in bright sunshine (4th March).
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  Class 09 Shunter D4106 pushing No. 96 onto the low loader using SR Queen Mary Brake Van as a barrier.
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  No. 96 tied down ready for the move.
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  Repositioned for the final move into Atlantic House.
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  No 96 Normandy out of the rain inside Atlantic House.

22nd February 2024

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

Below are some photos taken last week of No. 34059 in the paint shop at Horsted Keynes plus, at the bottom, one showing it moved outside whilst Pullman Car 54 has more varnish added!

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