On Shed- April 2018 Edition.

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” Preserving the steam locomotive legacy.. and more..on film”

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Now features at  Wonderful World of Trains & Planes, Birmingham

Editor’s Selections:1. Obituary:Sir William Hepburn McAlpine, 6th Baronet, FRSE (12 January 1936 – 4 March 2018)
Editor’s Selection: 2.UK:Local railway museum gets prestigious ‘Oscar of steam’ at top awards ceremony.
Editor’s Selection. 3.NEW 100MPH STEAM LOCOMOTIVE TORNADO REACHED 100,000 MILES SINCE COMPLETION WHILST ON THE NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY.
Editor’s Selection: 4. Argentina:PORTA’S INSTITUTION THREATENED WITH CLOSE-DOWN BY ARGENTINEAN GOVERNMENT.
Editor’s Selection 5: LAST CALL FOR THE MIKADO CLUB TO WHEEL BRITAIN’S MOST POWERFUL STEAM LOCOMOTIVE.

100 Trains….the journey so far….
Steam Tube Photographic File
Steam Tube Video Vault
Steam Tube Blogs. Learning to be a Locomotive Engineer at Crewe Works(railwayblogger)
Tornado…The Story so far…
New & ReBuild News.
B & O Railroad Museum TV
Mainline Steam Schedule
On This Day in History.
Radstock to Frome Railway Project
Christian Wolmar… Railway Historian.
Around the UK’s Heritage Railways A – Z “M”
WATTRAIN & APHTRO & NERHT News
30742 Charters

Welcome!

Welcome to this belated “leaves on the line!” edition of “On Shed”.

We lead off with a personal note about Sir William McAlpine, take a look at several rebuild..and new build projects.

And include the usual features and reference links to heritage sites and activities.

Recently,Rail Tube spoke with Ian prosser,HM Chief Inspector of Railways. When discussing the ORR’s responsibility towards the 200 plus heritage railways in the UK he remarked that the “succession” issue was one to watch..ensuring replacement skills when the old generation fade away. Your thoughts, observations and comments would be much appreciated.

 

So, on to this month’s edition…

Editor’s Selections:1.Obituary:

Sir William Hepburn McAlpine, 6th Baronet, FRSE (12 January 1936 – 4 March 2018)

The name Sir William McAlpine will be forever linked with Glenfinnan Viaduct (his great grandfather’ Concrete Bob’s creation), the Mallaig extension, Flying Scotsman and Fawley Hill.

I met Sir William but once. In May 2014 I was assisting Christian Wolmar, who had been invited to participate in that year’s Fawley Hill Extravanganza. Other pressing matters meant Christian was only available on the Saturday, so I was there, sharing the stand on behalf of Steam Tube.(Sean Dudden kindly held the fort on the Sunday)

Sir William came into the Museum where our stand was located..and spent a few minutes chatting with Christian Wolmar…and apart from one  picture, that is the only record I have of them together.

The following photo montage shows Sir William talking with Christian Wolmar..a Midland Railway signal box from Shobnall Maltings, near Burton upon Trent, Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST No.31 bought for £100..early 1960s..the GER railway station from Somersham.. a  Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway locomotive (Sir William had a controlling interest here from 1974-1987)…and Peter S Lewis with Christian Wolmar.

     

In 2015 my wife and I went on holiday to Scotland, and it was on the West Highland Line Mallaig Extension that I was again reminded of Sir William.

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Of course, the Glenfinnan Viaduct was not his work but that of his illustrious great grandfather “Concrete Bob” McAlpine..However, there is a plaque at Mallaig Station that remembers this important railway.. and it was unveiled by Sir William on 10th May 2001.

But it will be as saviour of “Flying Scotsman” that Sir William will be best remembered. Anyone taking on such an icon of British railway history must be either very rich (at the start, anyway!), mad!!..or very keen on preservation.

Sir William “cared” for Flying Scotsman for over two decades.. 23 years…..but never viewed the locomotive as his property, more its carer and guardian…..for the nation.

The following video captures two of the significant elements of Sir William’s life..“Flying Scotsman” and the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in a recent celebratory event…

Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Flying Scotsman & Typhoon Sir William McAlpine Welcome Speech. (Courtesy: Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway/Dead Ready Productions)Published on 24 Jul 2017.

Many heritage organizations will feel most keenly Sir William’s passing….Swanage Railway, the Transport Trust, Dart Valley Railway, Railway Heritage Trust..and The Clan Project , featured in the monthly  “On Shed”..

All that remains is to pass our sincerest condolences to Lady Judith McAlpine, and to  recall with appreciation  a man who valued and appreciated his opportunities to make meaningful contributions to Britain..and the world’s.. heritage history.

Peter S Lewis.(Rail Tube – Editor)

Editor’s Selection. 2 .UK:Local railway museum gets prestigious ‘Oscar of steam’ at top awards ceremony.

Representing hundreds of organisations across the UK and Ireland, HRA’s member-groups operate museums and restore and run trains, trams and railways, often with scheduled routes linked to our commercial railway network.

There were 11 category awards for 27 nominated organisations (including several individual awards) deemed to have ‘performed spectacularly well’ last year. Whitehead’s Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) brought home a particularly prestigious prize, the Manisty Award for Excellence, while Enniskillen’s Headhunters Railway Museum was a runner-up for outstanding achievement.

Read more HERE. 

Editor’s Selection. 3.NEW 100MPH STEAM LOCOMOTIVE TORNADO REACHED 100,000 MILES SINCE COMPLETION WHILST ON THE NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY

(The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust Images)

Milestone passed near Pickering on Sunday 11th March 2018

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity behind famous 100mph new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, is delighted to announce that the locomotive achieved 100,000 miles in service since completion in 2008 just outside Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on Sunday 11th March 2018 whilst hauling the last train of the day to Grosmont.

Since completion in Darlington in 2008, new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has seen service on the Network Rail main line and heritage railways right across Great Britain. Highlights have included three Royal Trains including the naming by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in February 2009; BBC Top Gear ‘Race to the North’ with Jeremy Clarkson on the footplate; ‘The Winton’ train to commemorate the 70th anniversary on the Kinder Transport; the rescuing of stranded commuters in Kent; the re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle Railway; the first steam locomotive in the UK to achieve 100mph for 50 years; featuring in two BBC documentaries, ‘Absolutely Chuffed: the Men Who Built a Steam Engine’ and ‘Tornado the 100mph Steam Engine’; and starring in Paddington 2 the movie.

No. 60163 Tornado was named in honour of the crews who flew RAF Tornado fast jets during the first Gulf War in 1990/91 when the project to build the new Peppercorn class A1 steam locomotive was launched. The locomotive originally carried crests from the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE) and RAF Cottesmore on its nameplates but following the closure of the former and the transfer of the latter to other uses, Tornado now carries the crests of RAF Leeming (former Tornado base close to Darlington) and RAF Marham (current home of the Tornado Force).

Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:

“This summer No. 60163 Tornado is celebrating her 10th birthday and remains the only new main line steam locomotive to be completed in Britain since 1960 despite over 20 standard gauge new build projects being launched. Tornado’s first 100,000 miles have seen the locomotive criss-cross Great Britain, a testimony to those supporters who stuck with the project over the 18 years that it took to fundraise and build – ‘This locomotive was built and paid for by people who shared a vision and were determined to turn it into reality’.”

Graeme Bunker-James, Operations Director added:

“Keeping Tornado on the Network Rail main line is expensive and time consuming and so the Trust is always seeking new supporters and volunteers to come on board. This year will see both the 10th anniversary of Tornado’s completion and the 100th anniversary of the RAF’s formation and we will be seeking to mark both milestones in an appropriate manner – watch this space!”

Editor’s Selection: 4. Argentina:PORTA’S INSTITUTION THREATENED WITH CLOSE-DOWN BY ARGENTINEAN GOVERNMENT.

Shaun McMahon reports from Argentina that the INTI, the principle science research establishment that Livio Dante Porta was instrumental in setting up, is under threat of complete or partial closure by the Argentine government which has revealed hitherto secret plans to replace it, at least in part, by a private company to concentrate on exports of foodstuffs to the European Union.

260 jobs at INTI have so far been declared redundant which triggered a lock-out by government authorities to the remaining staff at the end of January.  Staff were allowed back in to work in mid-February though some industrial action continued on until early March.  More recently, the entire establishment has been surrounded by the police and military forces and is being monitored by a private security company charged with preventing staff and management voicing their views on the government’s plans and on the implications of corruption surrounding them.

This is of special relevance to ASTT since one of INTI’s high profile programmes is modern steam development, continuing the work begun by Porta.

INTI recently celebrated 60 years since its establishment in December 1957.  Porta was one of the first experts to be engaged by INTI’, working there from September 1960 when he left the Rio Turbio Railway until his retirement in 1982.  During that time he set up and headed the Thermodynamics Department where he wrote many of his technical papers on steam traction.   Shaun McMahon has been working on steam development at INTI since 2009.

Editor’s Selection 5: LAST CALL FOR THE MIKADO CLUB TO WHEEL BRITAIN’S MOST POWERFUL STEAM LOCOMOTIVESignificant progress with the wheeling of No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

The project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the achievement of significant milestones both in construction and fundraising. The engine’s axles (with their bearings already fitted), axleboxes and wheels have been delivered from Darlington Locomotive Works (DLW) to South Devon Railway Engineering Ltd at Buckfastleigh, Devon to start the wheelset assembly and only 12 places remain to be filled in The Mikado Club fundraising initiative to pay for the wheeling of the engine and tender.

The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.  Sadly, the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/44 and scrapped by 1961.  The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (registered charity, builders and operators of famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven years at an estimated cost of £5m. The project will demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design techniques, enabling the new locomotive to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across today’s national network.

The wheeling of No. 2007 Prince of Wales was delayed due to the mis-machining of the keyways on the three plain coupled wheel axles which rendered them as scrap. The South Africa-based supplier agreed to replace the plain axles at their cost due to their error but the five-month lead time and consequential loss of booked slots with other suppliers involved in the wheeling process has significantly delayed this part of the project although it will not impact the overall completion date.

The Mikado Club was launched two years ago to raise £200,000 from 160 members to wheel the engine and was extended in June 2017 to 200 members and £250,000 to also wheel the tender. The work involved wheeling the engine to create the first standard gauge ‘Mikado’ since 1945 includes:

  1. Machining axle and cannon box castings, manufacturing roller bearing details
  2. Boring eight coupled wheel bosses to finished size
  3. Assembling bearings and cannon box onto pony truck axle
  4. Assembling bearings, cannon and axle boxes onto plain coupled axles
  5. Trial fitting coupled axles to frame
  6. Pressing Cartazzi wheels onto axle, fitting & machining tyres and fitting bearings & axleboxes
  7. Pressing plain coupled wheels onto axles, fitting and machining tyres
  8. Assembling crank axle, fitting bearings & axleboxes, pressing wheels onto crank axle, fitting and machining tyres
  9. Finish machining crank bosses & boring crank pin holes and machining & fitting all crank pins
  10. Trial fitting wheelsets to frames at DLW.

The past two years have seen 188 supporters joining The Mikado Club and pledging £1,000 each towards the wheeling of the new Gresley class P2 – leaving only 12 places to be filled to reach its revised target of 200 people (up from 160) to raise up to £250,000 including Gift Aid. The benefits of membership include:

  • Opportunity to buy ticket (seat already reserved) on one of the first trains hauled by No. 2007 Prince of Wales
  • Reasonable access to No. 2007 at all times
  • Exclusive Mikado Club badge
  • Opportunity to join one of the teams building No. 2007
  • First choice of other components to sponsor
  • Special limited-edition version (signed/numbered) of Stephen Bainbridge’s new painting of No. 2007 Prince of Wales at Darlington station
  • Special Mikado Club day with Tornado.

Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 become a reality sooner rather than later is high and 850 people have already signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer per week’ (£10 per month or more) covenant scheme since its launch.  In addition to this core scheme, funds have been raised through The Founders Club (over 360 people have donated £1,000 each – target 100 people, now closed), The Boiler Club (148 people have pledged £2,000 each – target of 300 people), The Cylinder Club (100 people have pledged £1,000 each – target achieved and now closed),

Dedicated Donations (over £225,000 from existing supporters sponsoring a variety of components) and the sponsorship of the locomotive’s distinctive front-end by The Gresley Society Trust. This means that the project has already received pledges of 58% (including Gift Aid) of the £5m needed to complete the new locomotive by 2021.

Progress building Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive continues at Darlington Locomotive Works and includes:

  • Frame plates for engine and tender rolled and profiled; engine’s frames erected at Darlington Locomotive Works; all major engine frame stays, brackets, horn blocks, axle boxes and buffers cast (44 in total); over 1,000 fitted and driven bolts ordered and delivered, approximately 800 now fitted to the frames
  • All 20 wheels for engine and tender cast and proof machined; roller bearings for all engine and tender wheelsets and engine axles (including crank axle), tyres and crank pins delivered, tender axles, tyres ordered and first wheelset complete
  • Preliminary discussions held with boiler manufacturers and forged foundation ring corners manufactured and machined; start made on boiler fittings with castings for combined injector steam and delivery valves
  • Study into ride and suspension completed using rail industry standard Vampire® software; finite Element Analysis completed on re-designed crank axle to ensure locomotive complies with modern standards; assessment and notified body appointed to oversee certification – first site visit made
  • Cab erected and cab side window frames fitted; engine footplating and splasher kits delivered and permanently fitted to frames
  • Smokebox door pressed details made and door completed, door frame manufactured, smokebox delivered and erected; chimney cast and fitted
  • Crosshead castings received
  • Boiler cladding assembly jog built, cladding crinolines and hoops rolled and fitted to jig, cladding sheets procured, rolled and being fitting to the jig
  • Tender frame construction under way, axlebox and other tender castings ordered from William Cook Cast Products
  • Nameplates and chime whistle delivered
  • Over £1.6m spent, £1.9m raised and £2.9m pledged of the required £5m.

P2 Roadshows – next stop Darlington

The Trust continues to promote its P2 Project as widely as possible and has already held three P2 Roadshows this year in London, Peterborough and York. All were very well attended, despite the bad weather, and resulted in substantial donations and sign-ups on the day, with more coming in over the following weeks.

The next Roadshow is being held Darlington Locomotive Works, Hopetown Lane, Darlington DL3 6RQ – the birthplace of No. 60163 Tornado and where No. 2007 Prince of Wales is being constructed. Each presentation will feature key Trust personnel including Mark Allatt (P2 Project Director) and David Elliott (Director of Engineering) and will cover the background to the project, progress to-date, future plans and details of how to get involved. The presentation will start promptly at 11:00hrs and run until 13:00hrs on each of the days listed below, admission is free and they are open to existing supporters and interested members of the public:

  • Saturday 7th April 2018 – Darlington Locomotive Works, Darlington
  • Saturday 19th May 2018 – Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
  • Saturday 9th June 2018 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
  • Saturday 1st September 2018 – Bristol (new date, venue tbc)
  • Saturday 8th September 2018 – Derby Conference Centre, Derby
  • Saturday 3rd November 2018 – Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
  • Saturday 8th December 2018 – Hilton Leeds City Hotel, Leeds.

These presentations are open to anyone wanting to know more about the project and the Trust is encouraging existing supporters to bring along interested family and friends. As the Darlington Roadshow is being held in Darlington Locomotive Works, attendees will have the opportunity to view progress on No. 2007 Prince of Wales for themselves.

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:

“The delivery of the wheels, plain axles and bearings to South Devon Railway Engineering and only having 12 places remaining in The Mikado Club mark two significant milestones in the project to build our new Gresley class P2 ‘Mikado’. We are delighted with the level of support that the project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive has received since construction started only four years ago. Thanks to our supporters’ continued generosity, £1.6m has been spent on construction, £1.9m donated and over £2.9m pledged.

“We are confident that we will have completed the rolling chassis for No. 2007 Prince of Wales in summer 2018 and we remain on-track for completion of the new locomotive in 2021. However, to maintain this rate of progress we need to raise more than £700,000 per year, which given the nature of the regular donation scheme becomes more challenging as each year passes. We would encourage all steam enthusiasts who haven’t yet contributed to this exciting project to help us to meet these deadlines by becoming a monthly covenantor or joining The Mikado Club. It’s time to get on board! This year will see further major announcements as the construction of new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales continues to gather pace.”

100 Trains….the journey so far….

AROUND THE WORLD. BY TRAIN. AND FOR CHARITY

One epic, and collaborative, voyage. 40 individual train trips.

(Iain McGeachin  ..https://kiltedwalker.com/rtwbytrain/)

Steam Tube Photographic File

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NIght Train & Snowy Landscape. (C) Robin Coombes.

Steam Tube Video Vault.

Spr… Winter in Sib… Moldova, March 19-27 2018.(Roni)


Velikonoce 2011 se Šlechtičnou 475.179 / Easter 2011 with a steam locomotive 475.179.(Dominik Schön)

Steam Tube Blogs. 

Learning to be a Locomotive Engineer at Crewe Works.(railwayblogger)

My engineering training at Crewe Works continued. You can read about my earlier time there here. I was assigned to the Metallurgical Lab which involved spending time in the Steel Foundry.  

It was the mid 1970s and they were making castings for the Mark 3 coach axle boxes. The metallurgist told me that the casting was extremely complex with numerous thin sections transitioning out into larger areas. As the molten casting cooled, stress fractures could occur and these would become obvious when the vehicles were in service. As a result, the wooden pattens had to be returned to the Pattern Shop for modification. The thinner sections were made stronger especially around the transitioning area. In these areas, the curves were also smoothed to give a more gradual transition.

Test piece of metal from Crewe Works

Mark lll Carriage axle box cast test piece from the Steel Foundry in Crewe Works

The molten steel in the furnace is referred to as the cast. To check the composition of the cast, a sample is run off into a test mould. After cooling,the metallurgist makes various tests to ensure the cast is to the required specification. On one occasion, the metallurgist gave a tests piece from a cast for the Mark 3 axle boxes. It remains a great memento of my time in the lab.

Meanwhile the foundry men worked in such hot conditions that they were provided with ice creams especially during the summer!

Continue reading: HERE

Tornado…The Story so far…

  • Saturday 14th April – ‘The Ebor Flyer’ – First 90mph train – London to York  – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday 21st April – Midland Railway Centre
  • Saturday 28th April – ‘The Ynys Mon Express’ – East Midlands and North Staffordshire stations to North Wales Coast (Option: Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway)  – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Tuesday 3rd to Sunday 13th May – Nene Valley Railway
  • Saturday 19th May – ‘The Canterbury Tale’ – Peterborough, St. Neots, Stevenage, Potters Bar and Finsbury Park to Canterbury and Dover Coast –  – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th May – Bluebell Railway
  • Saturday 2nd June – ‘The Yorkshire Pullman’ – Belmond British Pullman luxury train from London to York and Scarborough – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 21st July – ‘The Talisman’ – London to Durham (Option: Beamish) and Newcastle. Return journey with Deltic diesel locomotive D9009 Alycidon  – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July – 10th Anniversary Party – Darlington
  • Wednesday 1st August – ‘The Mad Hatter’ – 10th anniversary train – Darlington, York and Wakefield to Chester  – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 11th August – ‘The Settle & Carlisle Golden Tour I’ – Bristol to Appleby via Carlisle – Pathfinder Tours
  • Wednesday 15th August – ‘The Settle & Carlisle Golden Tour II’ – Didcot to Appleby, return via Carlisle – Pathfinder Tours
  • Saturday 18th August – ‘The Bard of Avon’ – Manchester Piccadilly to Stratford-upon-Avon – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 13th October – A1/P2 Convention – Darlington

The Trust respectfully requests that anyone wanting to see Tornado follows the rules of the railway and only goes where permitted.

New & ReBuild News.

General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society

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Updates HERE

 

“Hengist” – The Clan Project

Updates HERE

(Click on images below!)

No longer issuing shares

It seems a long time ago now but it was only late in 2017 that our initial ‘B’ Shareholder sold on his considerable holding. One unforeseen outcome of this was a serious look at the market value of the 76084 Locomotive Company Limited’s only asset – 76084 itself. Realistically, the value of our locomotive falls a little short of the number of £1 shares issued which means each share is theoretically worth a little less than what was paid for it. To continue issuing shares would further lessen each share’s value. 

The Board of Directors have taken the decision to discontinue the issue of shares so that the nominal £1 price per share remains realistic.


P2 Frames and Cylinder Block Lentz-Franklin B Valves.(P2SLC Images)

Significant Progress on Wheeling of No. 2007 Prince of Wales

The project to build Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive is delighted to announce that the cylinder block for No. 2007 Prince of Wales is fully funded and that considerable progress has been made on its redesign. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust launched The Cylinder Club to raise £100,000 from 100 supporters each donating £1,000 (plus GAD) in up to eight payments of £125 by standing order to pay for the redesign and manufacture of the new steam locomotive’s cylinder block in October 2017 and reached its target two months early.

This coincides with the money spent to-date on the new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales passing the £1.6m mark – 30% of the estimated £5m total. The funding of the cylinder block will help to ensure that the project remains on schedule for completion in 2021 and enable the Darlington-based team to complete the wheelsets, continue the boiler procurement, order the cylinder block, design& order the first motion parts, continue to progress work on the tender and commence the electrical design during 2018.

The class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ locomotives were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route.  Sadly, the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt in 1943/44 and scrapped by 1961.  The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (registered charity and builders of famous 100mph new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado) is building the seventh member of this class over seven years at an estimated cost of £5m. The project will demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design techniques, enabling the new locomotive to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across today’s national network.

The work involved in designing and manufacturing the new cylinder block includes:

  • Convert the original class P2 one-piece casting into a welded fabrication including Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to check for structural integrity
  • Improve the layout of the valves to reduce the clearance volume (which affects cylinder efficiency)
  • Re-route the steam and exhaust passages to physically separate them to prevent incoming steam from heating the outgoing exhaust
  • Increase the size and improve internal streamlining of steam passages along Chapelon lines to increase maximum power and improve economy
  • Reduce the overall width of the cylinder block to provide Prince of Wales with the widest possible route availability on the main line.

Manufacture the cylinder block including:

  • Producing the welded fabrication
  • Stress relieving
  • Grit blasting and painting with high temperature paint
  • Machining
  • Fitting cylinder liners and valve seats
  • Manufacturing and fitting cylinder and valve covers
  • Hydraulic testing the assembly.

To date we have completed the conceptual design of the cylinder block and it is expected that the Trust will place of order for the fabrication of the new cylinder block in 2018 for delivery in Summer 2019.

Public interest in seeing a new Gresley class P2 become a reality sooner rather than later is high and over 840 people have already signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a pint of beer per week’ (£10 per month or more) covenant scheme since its launch.  In addition to this core scheme, funds have been raised through The Founders Club (over 360 people have donated £1,000 each – target 100 people, now closed), The Cylinder Club (the target of 100 people have pledged £1,000 each – now closed), The Boiler Club (almost 140 people have pledged £2,000 each – target of 300 people), The Mikado Club (over 180 people have pledged £1,000 each – extended target of 200 people), Dedicated Donations (over £225,000 from existing supporters sponsoring a variety of components) and the sponsorship of the locomotive’s distinctive front-end by The Gresley Society Trust. This means that the project has already raised – including Gift Aid – £1.8m and received pledges of £2.8m of the required £5m.

Meanwhile, in Darlington Locomotive Works, there has been considerable progress towards the wheeling of No. 2007 Prince of Wales, which was delayed due to a supplier error to the plain axles resulting in their scrapping and replacement by supplier but at the expense of a six-month delay. In recent weeks we have fitted the bearing to all the plain axles. Over the next few weeks all the components for the wheelsets will be sent to South Devon Railway Engineering to prepare for the tyres to be fitted to the wheels, wheels to be fitted to the axles and the fitting of the crank pins which should result in the wheeling of the engine in May 2018.

Progress building Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive continues at Darlington Locomotive Works and includes:

  • Frame plates for engine and tender rolled and profiled; engine’s frames erected at Darlington Locomotive Works; all major engine frame stays, brackets, horn blocks, axle boxes and buffers cast (44 in total); over 1,000 fitted and driven bolts ordered and delivered, approximately 800 now fitted to the frames
  • All 20 wheels for engine and tender cast and proof machined; roller bearings for all engine and tender wheelsets and engine axles (including crank axle), tyres and crank pins delivered, tender axles, tyres ordered and first wheelset complete
  • Preliminary discussions held with boiler manufacturers and forged foundation ring corners manufactured and machined; start made on boiler fittings with castings for combined injector steam and delivery valves
  • Study into ride and suspension completed using rail industry standard Vampire® software; finite Element Analysis completed on re-designed crank axle to ensure complies with modern standards; assessment and notified body appointed to oversee certification – first site visit made
  • Cab erected and cab side window frames fitted; engine footplating and splasher kits delivered and permanently fitted to frames
  • Smokebox door pressed details made and door completed, door frame manufactured, smokebox delivered and erected; chimney cast and fitted
  • Crosshead castings received
  • Boiler cladding assembly jig built, cladding crinolines and hoops rolled and fitted to jig, cladding sheets procured, rolled and being fitting to the jig
  • Tender frame construction under way, axlebox and other tender castings ordered from William Cook Cast Products
  • Nameplates and chime whistle delivered

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director and Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:

“We are delighted to announce that The Cylinder Club has reached its 100 members target two months early. This means that this critical part of No. 2007 Prince of Wales is now fully funded through the £100,000 plus Gift Aid donated by our supporters. Our engineering team is now working on the technical design of the cylinder block with the intention for placing an order for the fabrication in October 2018 for delivery in summer 2019.

“In the meantime, fitting of the bearings, means that our fundraising efforts are now focused on recruiting the last 20 members for The Mikado Club to fund the wheeling of the locomotive, each donating £1,000 plus Gift Aid to the project, with the intention of wheeling the engine in May 2018.

“Now is the time to get on board this ground-breaking project and help the Trust to raise the £5m needed to ensure its completion in 2021.”

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is holding a series of roadshows about the project to build new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales across the UK in 2018. Each presentation will feature key Trust personnel including Mark Allatt (P2 Project Director) and David Elliott (Director of Engineering) and will cover the background to the project, progress to-date, future plans and details of how to get involved. The presentations will start promptly at 11:00hrs and run until 13:00hrs on each of the days listed below and are open to existing supporters and interested members of the public:

  • Saturday 7thApril 2018 – Darlington Locomotive Works, Darlington
  • Saturday 19thMay 2018 – Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
  • Saturday 9thJune 2018 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
  • Saturday 8thSeptember 2018 – Derby Conference Centre, Derby
  • Saturday 3rdNovember 2018 – Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
  • Saturday 8thDecember 2018 – Hilton Leeds City Hotel, Leeds.

 

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The short term aim is to have a fully restored chassis and then rebuild it as a saloon in the long term , she is located at Tanat Valley Light Railway (TVLR)

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Restoration Progress on Andrew Barclay No. 2352.

AB2352 Work Week..23 April–29 April

Tanat Valley Light Railway Company
SY10 9HW Nantmawr, Shropshire

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6880 Society (6880 “Betton Grange”)

6874

B & O Railroad Museum TV

Each month the B&O TV Network, starring actor Michael Gross, spotlights a moment in B&O Railroad history. Take a journey into the past and view one or all of these episodes posted on YouTube.

News from B & O Museum…

USA:Longtime executive director of B&O Railroad Museum to resign.

Courtney Wilson.(Courtesy B & O Museum)

The executive director of the B&O Railroad Museum — whose tenure included a massive rebuilding project after a roof collapse during a 2003 snowstorm — has announced he will be leaving in the fall.

Courtney Wilson ( a member of WATTRAIN), wrote a personal note on his decision..

 To all of my dear international friends and colleagues,

Last evening I announced to my wonderful Staff and Board of Trustees my intention to step down as Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum in late Fall 2018. After 21 wonderful years of having the privilege of leading this fine organization I am now looking forward to pursuing consulting opportunities in the history/heritage/museum world that are before me and continuing my work in the international railway preservation and museum community. In the months ahead, while the Board searches for the Museum’s next leader, I plan to continue my leadership and work for the B&O with dedication, energy and love.

 No words can express my gratitude to all of my friends, colleagues, and those who have supported my work here. It is my sincere hope that I may have the opportunity to work with you and your museums as a consultant over the coming years and, yes, we will be in attendance at RAILCONF IV in Australia and look forward to seeing all of you then.

THANK YOU for all of your kindness and friendship.

 Below is a link to this morning’s newspaper article:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/bs-fe-bando-20180222-story.html

Warm wishes,

Courtney

Courtney B. Wilson Executive Director,B&O Railroad Museums

Mainline Steam Schedule

This listing is offered in good faith, so there is no guarantee offered or implied.Please confirm running with the relevant tour operator.

And adhere, please, to Network Rail’s photographic guidelines…..HERE

The tour schedule for April 2018…and beyond…can be found  at Railway Herald

5043 at Honeybourne 4th October 2014

On This Day in History

April

–/04/1916
Motor Rail deliver the first of over 900 petrol engined 60 cm narrow gauge railway locomotives for the British War Department Light Railways on the Western Front (World War I); substantially the same design is in production until the 1980s

1–4/04/2009
Hefei-Wuhan Passenger Railway opens for service in China
Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan Passenger Railway opens for service in China

01/04/1994
Railtrack takes over running of British Rail infrastructure.

01/04/1901
The West Highland Railway’s Mallaig Extension Railway, operated by the North British Railway, is opened throughout to Mallaig on the west coast of Scotland.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Glenfinnan Viaduct

05/04/1969
The South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh, reopens as a preserved
steam railway, the Dart Valley Railway.

06/04/1927       Garratt locomotives introduced on Toton-Brent coal trains

06/04/1992
First section of Manchester Metrolink opens.

09/04/1984
Saltaire Station,West Yorkshire reopens 20 years after British Railways closure

13/04/1771
Richard Trevithick, who was born in Cornwall on April 13 177, patented his steam engine in 1802 and just two years later designed the first railway locomotive. He died in 1833 at the age of 62.

14/04/1951
Southern Railway (India) created as the first zone of Indian Railways by merger of South Indian Railway, Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway and Mysore State Railway.

16/04/1853
New Delhi: Exactly 160 years ago and four years before the great revolution of 1857, India’s first passenger train chugged out of Bori Bunder, in what was then Bombay, for Thane, 34 kilometres away.
The first railway passenger journey in India happened on April 16, 1853. Three steam locomotives, Sultan, Sindh and Sahib, took 400 invited passengers in 14 carriages on a 57 minute journey

19/04/1916       Ephraim Shay, inventor of the Shay locomotive (b. 1839).

21/04/2010
The Pretoria train accident occurred on 21 April 2010 when a train of carriages on a luxury tourist train operated by Rovos Rail )ran away for 12 miles (19 km) from Centurion Station and derailed at Pretoria. Three people were killed and seven were seriously injured.

22/04/1913       John Saxby, English railway signalling engineer (b. 1821).

25/04/1997
Construction on Phase 2 of Manchester Metrolink project begins.

25/04/1983
Driverless trains on Lille metro opening.

28/04/1996
Gatwick Express,Midland Mainline and Great North Eastern Railway franchises begin…

28/04/2008
Wrexham & Shropshire begin to run passenger services between London Marylebone, West Midlands, Shropshire and north-east Wales.

67015 at London Marylebone with its distinctive livery. (Wikipedia)
On 28 January 2011 operations ceased after a review concluded there was no prospect of the business ever being profitable.The last train was the 18:30 from London Marylebone to Wrexham General.

30/04/1972
Brighton Belle service between London and Brighton is suspended.

(To support the project..”Bringing Back the Brighton Belle”..make your donation at http://www.brightonbelle.com/)

Radstock to Frome Railway Project

Latest News from this group can be found HERE

Christian Wolmar… Railway Historian.

Book review: The English Railway Station

Dear subscriber

Forgive me, but I have become obsessed with driverless cars. I have written a small book, Driverless cars: on a road to nowhere which was published at the beginning of the year and suddenly it is attracting interest because of the terrible death of a pedestrian in Arizona last week. Elaine Herzberg was mown down by a ‘driverless’ car operating in autonomous mode with an operator at the wheel who was in no way responsible, even though she looked as if she was dozing off.

My obsession has now turned to anger. This woman’s death was both preventable and predictable. These ‘driverless’ cars should never have been allowed on the road given that their present state of technology is by no means sufficiently well developed to allow them to operate safely.This is set out in my book in great detail – and don’t be fooled by statements that this is the first death in x million miles and therefore really these vehicles are safer. Pure bunkum. Most of those miles were driven in highway type settings and, moreover, with a driver ready to take over controls when the car fails to detect potential danger. That makes any comparison meaningless.

In the Herzberg case, it was clear that the car simply did not see her and made no attempt to apply the brakes before the collision. And, moreover, it was exceeding the local speed limit, showing that these vehicles are being tested irresponsibly. There are innumerable other issues relating to these cars – but a lot of effort has to be made to counter the hype.

If you want a copy of my book for a tenner, email me at christian.wolmar@gmail.com. And please spread this message.These vehicles are a con and a dangerous one, and more people will die unnecessarily unless there are much stricter controls and regulations over their use. Hopefully Ms Herzberg’s death will begin to counter the hype, but don’t forget the sheer power of these tech companies who are so intent on foisting this technology on an unsuspecting world.

The Mail on Sunday is published a longer piece about this issue on Sunday March 25.

By the way, I am doing a 100 mile bike ride for Railway Children on June 10th – they need more volunteers to do it  Sign up here https://www.railwaychildren.org.uk/events/events/the-great-rail-bike-off/

Around the UK’s Heritage Railways A – Z  “M”

List of railways by name

Mail Rail at The Postal Museum Site with short demonstration line (may also offer passenger rides). Museum (passenger rides not usually available). Narrow gauge.
Mangapps Railway Museum Site with short demonstration line (may also offer passenger rides). Museum (passenger rides not usually available). Standard gauge.
Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society Tramway offering regular passenger rides. Museum (passenger rides not usually available).
Mid-Hants `Watercress’ Railway Railway offering regular passenger rides between two or more stations. Standard gauge.
Mid-Norfolk Railway Railway offering regular passenger rides between two or more stations. Museum (passenger rides not usually available). Standard gauge.
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Site with short demonstration line (may also offer passenger rides). Standard gauge.
Middleton Railway Railway offering regular passenger rides between two or more stations. Standard gauge.
Midland Railway – Butterley Railway offering regular passenger rides between two or more stations. Museum (passenger rides not usually available). Standard gauge. Narrow gauge.
Moseley Railway Trust Site with short demonstration line (may also offer passenger rides). Museum (passenger rides not usually available). Narrow gauge.
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Site with short demonstration line (may also offer passenger rides). Museum (passenger rides not usually available). Standard gauge.

WATTRAIN & APHTRO & NERHT News

The World Alliance of Tourist Trams & Trains

Latest Newsletter: HERE

www.aphtro.org

The Asian Network of Industrial Heritage (ANIH) was officially established on 31 March 2018. The aim of ANIH is to offer Asian countries a platform to exchange information about industrial heritage and to increase transnational participation in industrial heritage. Furthermore, it defines the unique values and contemporary meaning of Asian industrial heritage through conservation and industrial heritage case studies.

The ANIH is located in the Cultural & Creative Park, Taichung City, Taiwan. It was first built for the Taisho Brewery Company in 1916. After World War II, it was restructured to become the venue for the fifth distillery of Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau, also known as the Taichung distillery. This Park is an important example of regeneration of the industrial heritage in Taiwan. The office of ANIH is located at Yatang Hall which was originally a wine warehouse with red-brick walls and wooden trusses to feature it as a brewery during the Japanese colonial period. Therefore, ANIH utilizes lighting to denote the architectural aesthetics of an old industrial space. The open spaces are designed in an industrial style to develop the concept of co-sharing.

 

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http://nerht.heritage-railways.com