Tuesday 30th August 2022

A short “After the Bank Holiday Monday” edition for you!

Ed removing yet more old varnish from GER No. 5John Dixon has formally announced that work on re-covering the roof of Great Eastern Railway Royal Saloon No. 5 had been completed – apart from renewing the cabling to the internal lights which Sam is planning. Inside, work has continued on renewing veneered panels, painting ceilings and cleaning light fittings. More time is also now being spent on sorting out the former kitchen compartment where Ed is seen removing yet more varnish from the woodwork.

Preparing to lift the water take off sump for Wootton Hall's tendertankAnother step forward was taken this week in the refurbishment of Wootton Hall’s tender tanks with the fitting of the reconstructed water take off sump. On Wednesday Ade operated the fork lift truck to lift it from the shed floor onto the tender tank.Up and away goes the water take off sump

The sump now neatly in place in the tender tankWe arrived on Friday to find that Keith and Matt had successfully used block and tackle to lift it into place, a perfect fit.

Cumbria's new tubes being fitted 16.08.22Andy Booth appeared on Friday to announce that Cumbria’s new tubes were now all fitted and that they would be beaded over when he returns from holiday.

RSR's latest locoFinally, we can reveal the latest loco to arrive at the Ribble Steam Railway. With no room available in the running shed it was shunted into the shop!

Monday 22nd August 2022

Phil Bell fits new veneer to GER No. 5With Ade driving RSR’s mid-week train on Wednesday and Alan away on holiday, it has been a slightly quieter week. However, work has continued on Great Eastern Railway Royal Saloon No. 5 where the much anticipated replacement veneer arrived just after lunch on Friday. Phil didn’t waste any time in starting to cut and fit some of the new veneer as can be seen here.

Meanwhile the painting of the large saloon ceiling has been completed and work started on the corridor ceiling, where Phil had previously undertaken repairs after it had been damaged by water ingress.John Dixon attends to GER 5 light fittingsThe next job in the saloon will be to re-fit the vents and light fittings which are currently receiving attention from John Dixon.

John Davis working on kitchen cupboard doors for GER 5John Davis has been continuing the job of removing old varnish from the kitchen compartment cupboard doors.

Fred chipping away at rust on spring hanger components for Wootton HallThe removal of the centre springs from Wootton Hall has given Fred the opportunity to clean up the spring hanger bolts, collars and washers.

Cumbria's new tubes being fitted 16.08.22Finally, over at Embsay good progress is being made with the fitting of new tubes to ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST Cumbria.

Monday 15th August 2022

Just a short update this week.

John Davis cleaning a piece of wooden beading from GER No.5Work has continued on Great Eastern Royal Saloon No. 5, with Tim completing the painting of the corniche mouldings and John Dixon installing the last of the re-built vents on the roof. The moquette for the chaise longue in the large saloon has been ordered and, in anticipation of this, the saloon ceiling is in the course of being repainted, hopefully to be completed this week. John Davis has been working on some of the wooden beading.

John Davis and Phil Bell in planning modeThe replacement veneer has also been ordered and John Davis and Phil are seen here planning its installation – or it could just be another “seats of the week” photo?!

Keith and Ron removing a stubborn nut from one of Wootton Hall's spring hanger boltsKeith has again been busy working on Wootton Hall‘s tender, seen here with Ron Crowe attempting to remove a stubborn nut from one of the spring hanger bolts.

Keith has also been across to Bury where he assisted with the fitting of two replacement springs on 5643, borrowed from GWR 2-8-0 3855 courtesy of Andy Booth – thanks Andy. It is hoped that 5643’s own springs will be returned from repair very shortly, delayed by a difficulty in procuring the correct specification of spring steel.

Finally, over at Embsay, the boiler surveyor has inspected the Trust’s ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST Cumbria and given the OK for the replacement tubes to be fitted, which should commence tomorrow.

Monday 8th August 2022

The blog may have had a week off, but there hasn’t been any let up in action at Preston.

The new front plate on Wootton Hall's tender, welded into place by Ian MasseyThere has been further progress with the repairs to Wootton Hall’s tender tank with Ian Massey welding in a new front plate last Tuesday.

Matt Crabtree using a magnet to position a new piece of steel on the back of Wootton Hall's tender tankMatt Crabtree has also continued his welding work on the tank, seen here last Friday using a magnet to hold a new piece of metal in place prior to tacking it in place with weld.

Phil Bell fixing down Fluff's cab roofFluff’s new cab roof is now well and truly in place with Phil Bell drilling some fixing holes.

The work on the roof on Great Eastern Railway Royal Saloon No.5 is also heading towards a conclusion. John Dixon has been fitting the last of the vents, including some new lead fittings. Let us pray?! John Dixon securing a replacement step board in place of GER No. 5He has also been replacing some missing step boards with wood from old church pews supplied by Fred. (Note the suitable kneeling position…!)

Old tubes being removed from Cumbria at EmbsayOver at Embsay, Andy Booth has been cutting out Cumbria‘s old tubes in readiness for a boiler examination last Thursday. Matt Anderson had removed the blast pipe, blower and brick arch in readiness for the re-tubing. The photo by Mike Rigg’s son last Wednesday shows the old tubes propped up against the front buffer beam.

Matt Crabtree loading Cumbria's new tubes at Preston for transportation to EmbsayThe new tubes were transported across to Embsay last Friday, with Matt Crabtreee on hand to perform the tricky exercise of extricating them from the FRT shed at Preston with the fork lift truck.