News round-up Q1 2014

Welcome to the first New Build Steam news round-up of 2014. As the new quarterly format for these updates will inevitably make them somewhat longer than in the past, a table of contents has been provided to allow you to navigate within the article.

Contents
45551 The Unknown Warrior
3MT 82045
2MT 84030
3MT 77021
72010 Hengist
1014 County of Glamorgan
4709
2999 Lady of Legend
32424 Beachy Head
60163 Tornado
2007 Prince of Wales
2001 Cock o’ the North
8783 Phoenix
Worsdell G5
61662 Manchester United
LNWR George the Fifth

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45551 The Unknown Warrior
In an example of news being announced via social media, the Patriot group posted on Facebook that the, “polystyrene pattern casting of our outside cylinders have been completed.” The accompanying picture shows a pattern rather than a cylinder, so it appears that the pattern is ready but the first cylinder has yet to be cast. Indeed, the website states that the first casting is planned for April, and the second will not be cast until it is clear that the first casting is satisfactory (the Patriot group has confirmed to New Build Steam that this is the case, and the first casting is due to be made next month).

The locomotive itself is still at Tyseley, with horn grinding now complete and hand finishing taking place on the faces and axle boxes. The wheels are being balanced using Tyseley’s Jubilee 5593 Kolhapur as a guide; meanwhile, a picture has been tweeted of The Unknown Warrior alongside another Jubilee, this time Bahamas, which is currently at Tyseley for overhaul. The aim is to have the locomotive presented to members with wheels, cylinders and some of the motion fitted in July.

A meeting between the project team, LNWR Heritage and the locomotive’s boiler insurers took place at Crewe in February to examine the drawings for the boiler and ensure it complies with modern requirements. The verdict was that if anything the design is over-engineered, and could safely be operated at 225psi rather than the original 200psi, although the group intends to stick to the original boiler pressure.

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3MT 82045
Progress on cylinders and wheels is reported by the 82045 group: the first cylinder has been cast, and the second was due to be done at the time of the February news update; both will then be machined at Williton. The driving wheels have been fitted to their axles at Buckfastleigh, and the tyres were expected to arrive from South Africa imminently. Meanwhile in Bridgnorth, work has proceded on the axleboxes and spring brackets.

The official launch of the boiler appeal is due soon, in the next edition of SVR News.

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2MT 84030
The latest newsletter from the 2MT group relates that the project has been obliged to move outside to free up shed space for visiting engines over the winter, and the group are addressing the risk of corrosion to the wheels from sitting on ash surface.

More positively, pattern making has continued for two substantial parts, one being the rear truck frame. A drawing for this was found in the Historical Model Railway Society’s archive, illustrating how important archive research can be to new build projects, although this interesting aspect of the work can easily go unremarked-on. The same pattern can be used by the 3MT group in Bridgnorth. The two groups are also due to share the use of the pattern for the truck cradle, although this will have to be rebuilt following some unexpected behaviour in the contraction of the first casting.

Other items of detail including work on the lubrication systems are covered in the newsletter.

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3MT 77021
The newer of the 3MT groups has been gifted a set of buffers by a member, and has taken delivery of several parts for the smokebox door. The coming months are to bring a focus on finding a base for the project, and the main frame stretchers – more details in this news article.

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72010 Hengist
The Clan project appears to be entering something of a new phase, with the completion of the final combined stretcher (none of the parts being identical, but rather cast from a pattern constructed so that it could be reconfigured to produce each item), and the dispatch of the first components for machining. Additionally, work has commenced to weld the horn guides into the frames.

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1014 County of Glamorgan
There has been plenty of activity on the County project. The firebox is expected to be finished at Crewe in April, and the cost of a new welded boiler barrel and smokebox has been estimated at approximately £175,000. Meanwhile, fire hole door linkages and the fire hole door plate have been acquired (it has not been stated where from).

Work on assessing the pistons and cylinders has revealed that the locomotive is expected to be 9% more powerful than planned, as the pistons allocated to it have been measured at 19.136 inches in diameter, compared with the 18 inches originally projected.

The extreme weather conditions at the start of the year have affected the project in two ways. Firstly, the shelter protecting the driving wheels was ripped by high winds and will have to be replaced. Secondly, disruption to First Great Western services around Didcot meant that a planned move of components (including some for 4709 and 6880) from suppliers to Didcot, and then on to Llangollen, had to be cancelled.

There is more detail in this news update.

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4709
The news secton of the Night Owl website shows the locomotive’s cylinder block (from ‘donor’ 2861) after being cleaned and grit blasted. The main frames are being assembled, with the motion bracket stretcher to be fitted soon.

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2999 Lady of Legend
Progress on the Saint includes the start of work on the superheater flue tube assemblies (using newly-sourced tubes, after a batch in store earmarked for the job were found to suffer from pitting), the procurement of an original water scoop stand for the tender and work on the crinolines to support the boiler cladding. More details on the project’s website.

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32424 Beachy Head
The latest update on the Brighton Atlantic contains the now customary abundance of interesting detail, including pictures of an axlebox crown being white-metalled and plenty of details of the frames and pipework, as the project continues to progress.

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60163 Tornado
Tornado’s winter maintenance has been completed, and the locomotive steamed again on March 13th. Details of two of the railtours to be headed by the A1 this year have been announced: they will be the White Rose from London to York and return on April 12th, and a second charter on July 5th featuring Tornado from Crewe to Carlisle and return. Numerous appearances at preserved railways have also been confirmed.

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2007 Prince of Wales
The roadshows for the P2 continue – see New Build Steam’s report from the first event for an idea of their content, and details of the remaining events (which we certainly advise attending if you can).

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2001 Cock o’ the North
The main frame plates for the streamlined P2 have been rolled at Tata Steel in Scunthorpe, and now await profiling at Tata Steel Wednesfield.

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8783 Phoenix
The Claud Hamilton group have announced on Facebook that they have been joined by a CAD designer, who is already working on the project’s design.

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Worsdell G5
The next open day for the G5 will be on March 29th from 10am to 1pm, at Rail Restorations North East Ltd, Unit 8A, Hackworth Industrial Park, Shildon, DL14 1HF.

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61662 Manchester United
Drawings are being obtained for the Footballer, but work on the build is slow for cashflow-related reasons, with payments continuing to repay the crane hire and other costs associated with putting the tender in place on site.

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LNWR George the Fifth
Work has continued on the George the Fifth’s smokebox door, and the group has announced a formal partnership with the Crewe Heritage Centre.

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