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K1 Blog

A blog of activities associated with the K1 62005.

Monday 10th June 2019


A satisfactory week for the K1 in Fort William last week.

On Monday the loco carried wreath in memory of Derek Norris. Derek had been a regular Jacobite support crew member in the past so it was fitting to remember him in this way on the day of his funeral.

The engine is running very well although we did have our first broken spring to deal with on Monday and one of the battery chargers gave up on Friday resulting in the fixed GSMR being replaced by the portable unit for Saturday's Jacobite.

If you are in to celebrating our loco's birthdays the K1 is 70 today. This was marked at the end of last week with balloons attached to the front of the engine and a cake. No beer over the running plate though as, like the rest of us, loco's are not allowed alcohol on the national network.


K1 works Jacobite


The K1 moved up to Fort William on Friday 17th May and worked its first Jacobite of the season on Sunday 19th.

The loco settled down very nicely with no significant problems to overcome. It therefore satisfactorily completed its first rostered week of work on Saturday. It's next rostered week commences this coming Sunday 2nd June.

We have achieved quite a lot since the loco arrived at Carnforth last September and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the work undertaken to the loco either at Carnforth or elsewhere. Particular thanks are however due to the Carnforth regulars, Chris Henwood, Steve Gibson, Les Harper, Mike Bloomfield and Angie Buxton, who showed tremendous dedication and commitment to see the job through. We could not have got the loco finished in time without them.

Thanks are also due to our CME John Graham for his help, encouragement and advice and for all at West Coast for making us feel welcome, prioritising our contract work over their own when necessary and for generally being helpful.

Now that the K1 is working I will reduce the frequency of the progress reports but will update you occasionally as to how we are getting on.


K1 ready to return to Ft William


The K1 is now in one piece and had a satisfactory trial run from Carnforth to Hellefield and back yesterday. We were due to move to Fort William today (Thursday) but this has been put back until tomorrow. We will still be there in time to take up our rostered duties on the Jacobite.

Update: Real TimeTrains reports 5Z62 from Carnforth Steamtown arrived 20:38, 52 minutes early, at Fort William Junctioin Yard T C, Friday 17/05/2019.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2019 21:05

Saturday 27th April 2019


The loco is essentially ready for its first in frames steam/functional test. It is currently in the paint shop at Carnforth but will be shunted out today (tender painting completed but loco in primer). We are going back over Saturday afternoon to light up and steam test on Sunday 5th.

Provided the steam test does not reveal anything which would prevent the painting work continuing to completion the K1 will go back into the paint shop on Monday/Tuesday. We will be allowed access after Wednesday to complete the reassembly. The insurance hot and mainline functional exams are now programmed for Monday 13th of May with a loco and support coach test run to Hellefield and back on the 15th and the move North on the 16th. The loco's first rostered Jacobite duty is on the 19th May.

Before the test run the loco needs to be weighed, but owing to the extremely tight timetable we are now working to, West Coast are to carry out this work on our behalf (probably on the 14th May).

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 May 2019 07:32

Saturday 20th April 2019


Not a bad week on the K1 at Carnforth last week. 6 of us there on Wednesday, 3 on Thursday and Friday and 4 on Saturday.

All of the superheater elements have been fitted as have the external ejector exhaust pipe, the hot water washout valve and the ash pan doors and linkage. The boiler bands have been fitted, following painting where needed. The new diaphragm plate has been painted ready for fitting but unfortunately some of the holes need to be opened out a little before this can be done. In addition the draw bar and safety links have been painted and fitted to the tender.

Refitting the cab fittings and pipework has progressed but not by as much as I would have liked. Having said that the only substantial item left to fit is the injector pipework.

West Coast's coded welder has progressed the fabrication of the new steam pipes. The completion of the steam pipes will influence when the loco goes into the paint shop - i.e. it may be beneficial to put the loco in to the paint shop before the steam pipes are ready for fitting if they are going to be very much longer.

West Coast have also just about finished the painting work on the tender with only the emblems, applied at the back end of last week, are to varnish/lacquer.

As I am sure many of you are aware the loco shed at Fort William has now been demolished under DB's instruction. The pit is however still available for use. I am currently in discussion with various people about pit drainage and water supply and will ensure that the appropriate arrangements are in place for our use by the time we get to Fort William.


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