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K1 Blog

A blog of activities associated with the K1 62005.



Thursday 3rd October 2019

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The K1 was in use on the NYMR today and is likely to be out again tomorrow.

It is not planned to use it again until the War Weekend and after that our Members special but it may see an additional day or two in traffic if required.

The loco will be stopped during November for the first stage of Winter maintenance but should then be used on Santa duties and then the NYMR services between Christmas and New Year. It is then likely to visit the GCR for its gala at the end of January 2020, before being moved to Carnforth for the second stage of Winter maintenance, including tyre turning.

The next planned working parties are on both days this coming weekend. 09:30 start both days. If you would like to come along then please let me know by e-mail or text.

 

Saturday 21 September 2019

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5 of us turned up at Deviation Shed on Sunday, including Ken Morrison all the way from Bo'ness.

Most of the day was spent doing a few jobs to the K1, including dropping the fire, swilling out the ash pan, recutting the fireman's side injector steam valve seat, attending to the LH piston packing, replacing the mesh on the front section of the blast pipe spark arrestor and cleaning/lapping in both clack valves.

We also had a look at one of the splasher securing bolts on the Q6. This turned out to be damaged beyond repair so will need to be replaced.

As it was a nice evening when we finished we had a well deserved pint outside the Station Tavern on the way home.

Next working party Wednesday to get our 3 engines at Grosmont gleaming for the NELPG day on Thursday. All welcome but please bring some cleaning rags with you if you can.

 

K1 returns to Grosmont

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Descending Stockton Bank just after 19:00 - Terry Newman

On Sunday 15th September the K1 made its way to Carlisle for an overnight stop. Then on the afternoon of  Monday 16th, it made its way through the Tyne Valley to Grosmont.

Catching the sunset - Terry Newman

 

Tuesday 17th September 2019

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The K1 completed its work on the Jacobite on Saturday. The loco gave very little trouble while in Scotland and carried out all of its rostered work, earning over £100,000 (gross) in the process. Many thanks to all those involved in making this happen.

As mentioned in Chris's e-mail the loco is now on the NYMR arriving last night after a two day journey from Fort William. The loco ran pretty much to time for the whole trip with no significant problems being encountered.

The loco was examined this morning when the right hand driving axle spring was found to be broken. This was immediately changed by the NYMR's fitters.

No other significant defects were found on this mornings examination but I do intend to do a few jobs to the loco before it enters NYMR traffic.

 

Photos of Washout Week 2

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823 in the rain at Avimore Station, whilst on way to Ft William - John Midcalf

Saskia in firebox - John Midcalf

Saskia finished in a nice dry firebox - John Midcalf

Saskia in nice dry smokebox ready to wash out the barrel - John Midcalf

Saskia and Arthur having just washed out the backhead - John Midcalf

Washout finished, and the evening sun comes out - John Midcalf

Next day, loco boxed up. Arthur repairing fault with the ejector exhaust - John Midcalf

 

Washout Week 2

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The K1 has just had its second 28 day exam and washout of the season.

All went well apart from the failure of our new pump. Many thanks to Ian Riley for the loan of his pump to finish the job. We also completed a number of repairs/improvements before Thursdays steam test which went very well. We have done a bit more tinkering today and the engine is now back in steam for its usual prep day/FTR tomorrow.

The loco has now just two weeks work on the Jacobite before it is due to move to the NYMR, where it is expected arrive on the evening of 16th Sept.

It has been a good season so far - let's hope it continues!

 

 

Yet another week with the K1

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seal rams boat - Arthur Jenkins

seal pleased with itself after ramming boat - Arthur Jenkins

seal looking for food - Arthur Jenkins

Neil & Frank guard the crossing - Arthur Jenkins

Nigel checks bearings - Arthur Jenkins

Nigel finds stirrer but not tea - Arthur Jenkins

Group photo Neil Smedley, Arthur Jenkins, Nigel Bill, Frank Hryniewicz, John Midcalf  - Arthur Jenkins

Peter operates the signals - Arthur Jenkins

coal merchants - Arthur Jenkins

K1 at night - Arthur Jenkins

Peter James takes a well earned rest - Arthur Jenkins

passing mount mallaig - Arthur Jenkins

John Midcalf contemplates "Lloyd's leap" - Arthur Jenkins

coal before, watch rake - Arthur Jenkins

coal after, well done rake - Arthur Jenkins

raker & ro celebrate - Arthur Jenkins

the K1 waits in the platform for the service train - Arthur Jenkins

 

A visit to VIC 32's engine room

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One evening, parked by Neptune's Staircase was a "Clyde Puffer", originally a ministry of War Transport "Victualing Inshore Craft" Vic 32. From building until 1946 VIC 32 had seen Naval service at Fort William, carrying cargoes including ammunition and petroleum products. She reportedly voyaged as far north as Scapa Flow. Now owned by the The Puffer Preservation Trust, she is now used to offer week-long live-aboard holiday cruises around the West Coast and Clyde Islands and the Caledonian Canal. More can be found on http://savethepuffer.co.uk/

Arthur 'jumped ship' and took a few photographs in the engine room.

vic 32 engine  - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 engine - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 engine - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 lp cyl showing slide valve chest - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 engine main steam gauges - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 prop shaft - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 prop shaft - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 engine details - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 main engine - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 eng details - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 main steam condenser - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 better view of condenser from above, steam in top water out bottom - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 boiler feed pump - Arthur Jenkins

valves - Arthur Jenkins

close up of gauges - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 top of engine l-r hp, mp, lp cyls - Arthur Jenkins

vic 32 eng room work station - Arthur Jenkins

 

More from week beginning 13th July

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A collection of photos from Arthur Jenkins.

Monday 15th July:

Richard Campbell seat at Glenfinnan - Arthur Jenkins

Richard Campbell seat at Glenfinnan - Arthur Jenkins

Richard Campbell seat at Glenfinnan - Arthur Jenkins

K1 at Mallaig - Arthur Jenkins

Tuesday 16th July:

On board Western Isles cruiser - Arthur Jenkins

On board Western Isles cruiser - Arthur Jenkins

Calmac ferry from Western Isles cruiser - Arthur Jenkins

Seals, not illegal immigrants - Arthur Jenkins

Seals - Arthur Jenkins

Seals - Arthur Jenkins

Skye from Western Isles cruiser - Arthur Jenkins

On lookout for illegal Immigrants - Arthur Jenkins

Seals - Arthur Jenkins

Seals - Arthur Jenkins

Young lady on Western Isles cruiser- Arthur Jenkins

Following ferry back into Mallaig harbour - Arthur Jenkins

Following ferry back into Mallaig harbour - Arthur Jenkins

Ferry leaving Mallaig - Arthur Jenkins

Ferry leaving Mallaig - Arthur Jenkins

Following ferry back into mallaig harbour - Arthur Jenkins

Thursday 18th July:

K1 ready to set back after taking water at Mallaig - Arthur Jenkins

Keeno changing points - Arthur Jenkins

Starting run round - Arthur Jenkins

K1 hiding, waiting for Keeno to change points - Arthur Jenkins

Continuing run round after keeno changed points - Arthur Jenkins

Coming onto train to buffer up - Arthur Jenkins

Gary going between to couple up - Arthur Jenkins

Pulling train out of platform - Arthur Jenkins

Pulling train out of platform - Arthur Jenkins

Setting back into platform - Arthur Jenkins

Setting back into platform - Arthur Jenkins

Reflection in depot - Arthur Jenkins

Reflection in depot - Arthur Jenkins

Friday 19th July:

Kebab & chips please - Arthur Jenkins

Front end shot, Gary meeting kebab salesman - Arthur Jenkins

Front end shot, reflection in smokebox door - Arthur Jenkins

Waiting for tender to fill - Arthur Jenkins

Watching Margaret turn water off - Arthur Jenkins

Joint effort to remove hose - Arthur Jenkins

Setting back after taking water - Arthur Jenkins

Two intrepid members of K1 crew - Arthur Jenkins

Keeno unlocking groundframe - Arthur Jenkins

Keeno changing points - Arthur Jenkins

Seagull chicks - Arthur Jenkins

Seagull chicks - Arthur Jenkins

Seagull chicks - Arthur Jenkins

Keeno stops lever falling off - Arthur Jenkins

Margaret wakes Gary up - Arthur Jenkins

Running round - Arthur Jenkins

Could have sworn I picked up a left and a right - Arthur Jenkins

Stationary, waiting for signal from Keeno - Arthur Jenkins

Waiting to come onto train - Arthur Jenkins

Advancing towards train - Arthur Jenkins

Nearly there - Arthur Jenkins

Just about to buffer up - Arthur Jenkins

Three intrepid members of K1 crew admiring grasses after climbing Mount Mallaig - Arthur Jenkins

Propelling train into platform - Arthur Jenkins

Propelling train into platform - Arthur Jenkins

Propelling train into platform - Arthur Jenkins

Propelling train into platform - Arthur Jenkins

Propelling train into platform - Arthur Jenkins

Groundframe - Arthur Jenkins

 

Week Beginning 13th July

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A set of photographs taken by John Midcalf during the week beginning 13th July. We start with a visit to the Commando Memorial to watch the sunset on 14th July.

Spean Bridge Cammando Memorial - John Midcalf

Spean Bridge Cammando Memorial 2 - John Midcalf

Glenfinnan Station on 16th July followed by a boat trip from Mallaig.

Glenfinnan Track Machine - John Midcalf

Glenfinnan Richard Campbells Bench - John Midcalf

Glenfinnan Richard Campbells Bench plate - John Midcalf

Mallaig Arthur on Western Isles trip - John Midcalf

A sequence taken from the footbridge showing the departure from the yard to finally propelling the train into the station.

Fort William 62005 leaving Yard - John Midcalf

Fort William Arthur on 62005 - John Midcalf

Fort William Arthur on 62005 2 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 running around train - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 running around train 2 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 running around train 3 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 running around train 4 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard Arthur on 62005 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard Arthur on 62005 2 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 ready to propel train into station - John Midcalf

Then from the same place, the train departing for Mallaig.

Fort William 62005 leaving with Jacobite - John Midcalf

Fort William 62005 leaving with Jacobite 2 - John Midcalf

Fort William 62005 leaving with Jacobite 3 - John Midcalf

Glenfinnan crossing on 19th July with the servic train arriving from Mallaig.

Glenfinnan 156499 crossing 62005 - John Midcalf

Glenfinnan 156492 crossing 62005 - John Midcalf

Glenfinnan 156492 crossing 62005 2 - John Midcalf

At Mallaig with an unusual load on the back of the tender.

Mallaig 62005 with tandem on tender back - John Midcalf

Mallaig 62005 with tandem on tender back - John Midcalf

 

Fort William 62005 transducers - John Midcalf

 
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