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K1 Blog

A blog of activities associated with the K1 62005.

Saturday 13th April 2019


Another satisfactory week at Carnforth last week.

All lagging and cladding is now on (except for the boiler bands) the cab is on and bolted down, the hand rails are fitted and good progress has been made with the back head fittings and pipework.

West Coast have made a start on the new steam pipes - the pipes, as supplied by us, are now cut and tacked together complete with flanges and bosses and are in the process of being welded by West Coast's coaded welder. West Coast have also repainted the tender which is due to be lined out today.

Whilst we are making good progress we need a big push over the next 10 days to get the loco into a steamable condition.


Saturday 6th April 2019


Another satisfactory week on the K1's at Carnforth. 3 of us there on Wednesday, 5 on Thursday, 4 on both Friday and Saturday.

The boiler is now back in the frames, the lift went very smoothly. The only down side is that we did not get as much of the lagging and cladding on as we would have liked before the lift. We have however pressed on with this since. Most of the lagging is now in place and we should finish this and have all of the cladding back on before next weekend.

Other work done since the lift is fitting all of the saddle bolts, replacing the smoke box concrete, refitting both clack boxes, the gauge frames, the TPWS driver's control unit/speedo bracket, tea tray, slacker valve and graduable steam brake valve. In addition the 'J' pipe, now repaired, has been refitted. As the removal and refitting of the 'J' pipe required the regulator rod and stuffing box pulling back, this gave us the opportunity to die pen the end of the rod. No flaws were detected.

Working parties this week will be on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The plan is to get the regulator back in, finish the lagging and cladding, fit the manifold and cab and replace as much of the back head fittings and pipework as we can. As the loco is not currently on a pit refitting the hopper doors etc will have to wait for now.

In addition to the work we will be undertaking this week, West Coast will start fabricating the new steam pipes.



Saturday 31st Marrch 2019


A satisfactory week at Carnforth last week.

3 of us there on Tuesday evening and Wednesday, 5 on Thursday, 4 on Friday and Saturday.

While we had a late finish on Tuesday we did get the boiler lit up (at 23:30) which enabled the steam test to proceed over Wednesday and Thursday. This went very well with no problems that could not be dealt with at the time. The boiler is now scheduled to be reunited with the frames on Thursday this week.

After the steam test the boiler cooled very quickly (no lagging) so on Saturday, we were able to drain it, remove the bottom doors and plugs, the hot water washout valve and studs and the grate in preparation for Thursday's lift. The steam pipe blank and manifold boss blank have also been removed.

In addition to the work on the boiler the spray pipes have been refitted to the ash pan and the ash pan fixing cotters have been made. We have also glossed the inside of all of the boiler and back head cladding sheets - the cladding was shot blasted both sides last week (we immediately primed the inside faces and West Coast primed the outside faces (with two pack primer)).

On the frames we have done a bit more cleaning, completed the fitting and securing the side rods and motion - in best Grosmont report tradition the little end nuts were tightened to torque setting DFT using a flogging spanner and a big hammer.

A new TPWS direction switch has been fitted (with a length of flexible conduit being replaced in the process) the sands delivery and steam pipes have been refitted as have the leading sands filler pipes - this included the replacement of one sheared stud (the replacement being kindly donated by one of West Coasts scrap class 47s).

This week working parties will be on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The aim on Wednesday is to fit as much lagging and cladding as we can before the boiler lift on Thursday. After the lift we need to crack on with the reassembly as time is most certainly not on our side.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2019 20:09

Saturday 23rd March 2019


Since my last report we have worked 7 days and 3 evenings on the K1 at Carnforth with volunteer numbers ranging from 1 to 5.

In short the roof stay nut replacement and header prep are complete, the boiler is now upright and is more or less ready for steam test (I intend to light it up on Tuesday evening).

The "J" pipe is still away for repair so the steam test will be carried out with the steam pipe blanked off - West Coast have made us a blank for this purpose.

The ashpan is now ready for refitting although we will put some of the spray pipe work back in before it is reunited with the boiler as this will be easier to do before.

The RH coupling rods are back up and the tender front repaint has progressed. The draw bar, now returned from the forge after straightening, has been temporarily refitted as the tender will be moved this week.

This week, as well as the steam test, we are hoping to complete the refitting of the side rods and motion, refit both leading sands filler pipes (they were removed to facilitate the riveting work carried out by West Coast earlier in the year) and possibly complete the painting work on the front of the tender.


Saturday 16th March 2019


Just a brief update this week.

The last few days could have been better for the K1. While we have essentially finished the painting of the coupled wheels and frames and all but completed the replacement of the defective roof stay nuts, we found that the leak on the "J" pipe/steam pipe joint was due to a fracture in the "J" pipe. While this can be repaired it will have to be sent away. As it may save time by dropping the "J" pipe off for repair (to Derbyshire) if any one is available to do this on Monday or Tuesday next week then I would be very grateful to hear from you. The company car will be available for this If needed.

In addition to the problem with the "J" pipe the trial fitting of the ash pan revealed far more distortion than we anticipated. This distortion is not due to the work we have recently carried out but can only be attributable to the stress imposed upon it while in use. While it was not apparent at the time, the ash pan must have "relaxed" as it was released from the foundation ring.

The solution has been to effectively cut the ash pan in two. We did this yesterday and now have a satisfactory fit to the foundation ring. There is now, however, a one inch gap to fill between the front and middle hoppers.

In view of the delays caused and the additional work generated by the problems outlined above, coupled with the fact that we are already well behind schedule, there will be working parties every day except Friday next week. Other than possibly being needed to take the "J" pipe for repair the company car should be available if required.

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