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K1 Blog

A blog of activities associated with the K1 62005.



Saturday 19th May 2018

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Better news on the K1 in that as of yesterday afternoon we appear to have resolved the problems around the manifold boss.

The VAB and insurance exams are now to take place on Monday and following a test run to Hellefield and back the loco and coach should move to Fort William towards the end of next week (dates for test run and move North yet to be confirmed).

Before any of that we are weighing the loco and refitting the cab windows and seats tomorrow.

The paintwork to the front and sides of the cab still needs sorting out and the back of the tender needs another coat of black gloss. I am not sure when we will get this done but we will manage somehow - sleep is over rated anyway!

 

Monday 14th May 2018

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The K1 was delivered back to Carnforth last Wednesday, it was reassembled over Wednesday afternoon and Thursday and steam tested on Friday. During this time a number of other minor repairs/improvements were also completed. It was good to joined by Steve Gibson during this time - welcome back Steve.

Unfortunately, whilst the seal weld to the front of the manifold boss was successful at the steam test the loco through another spanner into the works by developing a further leak adjacent to the back of the manifold boss. This was not apparent at the previous steam test or at the post welding hydraulic.

In view of the above the manifold was removed again over the weekend to facilitate further seal welding. Another steam test is now planned for Wednesday. The VAB and insurance functional/hot exams will follow later in the week (Friday subject to insurance co confirmation) and a test run to Hellefield and back and finally the positioning move to Fort William should take place next week.

Once we know that the problems around the manifold boss are sorted (hopefully at Wednesday's steam test) we can refit the cab windows and refurbished seats and complete the repaint of the top of the cab and the rear boiler cladding sheet. Following platework repairs the back of the tender is now also ready for a coat of gloss.

 

Saturday 5th May 2018

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Angie and I have, this afternoon, returned from Tyseley where the K1's tyres have now been re-profiled on the wheel lathe at the West Midlands Trains' depot. The speedo bracket has also been refitted (removed to access the loco trailing wheelset centres for turning).

The engine and tender are due to be shunted back to Tyseley Loco Works on Tuesday where the speedo will be recalibrated, the engine and tender split and then loaded onto the low loaders for return to Carnforth.

As I have mentioned previously, there is no way we can get the engine ready and up to Fort William for what was to be our first week (the week commencing 14th May). We are, however, aiming to carry out our own steam test this coming Friday so the engine and tender must be reunited, the rods refitted and the boiler refilled by Thursday evening. With the engine and tender due to arrive back at Carnforth on Wednesday morning the big push to get ready for the steam test will be on Thursday (I will be going over on Tuesday evening to ensure that I am there when the engine returns and to set things up for Thursday).

If all goes well with our steam test we are looking to carry out the insurance and VAB hot exams on Tuesday the 15th, a Carnforth - Hellefield - Carnforth test run on the 17th or 18th (subject to West Coast's agreement) and the move up to Fort William on the 19th, again subject to West Coast's agreement.. Between our steam test and the insurance/VAB hot exam there is a lot to do, so we will need a full weekend's working party on the 12th/13th.

I have received some offers of help for some of the above (I will be in touch with those who have offered tomorrow) but more help is needed.

 

Saturday 28th April 2018

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Frustrating times with the K1.

We have now done 3 NELPG steam tests but still have a problem with the manifold boss. This will now have to be partially seal welded to the outer wrapper. This will be done tomorrow.

It will then need a further NELPG steam test before we can arrange the VAB functional and insurance in-steam exams.

To complicate matters the engine and tender are due to go to Tyseley (by road) for tyre turning on Wednesday so it will not be possible to carry out the next NELPG steam test until it returns to Carnforth at the beginning of next week.

The result of all of this is that the loco's journey North is likely to be delayed until the week commencing 14th May - what was intended to be its first week on the Jacabite.

Clearly we are now paying for slipping so far behind programme over winter.

Mike B, Les H and I will be going back to Carnforth tomorrow to prepare the for the road move and to continue with a few outstanding jobs. There will however need to be a huge push to reassemble the engine and get it through its various tests and exams when it returns from Tyseley at the beginning of the week commencing 7th May. If you can assist with this in any way then I will be very pleased to hear from you.

 

 

Saturday 21st April 2018

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Work continues to try and complete the K1. The loco has had one steam test which revealed several defects, most of which have now received attention.

The last working party was on Saturday when the concrete arch was installed, the cylinder cladding was refitted (a sod of a job) and a number of more minor tasks were completed. Great credit is due to Rolly, Chris Henwood, Mike Bloomfield and Les Harper who put in a long (11 hour) and gruelling shift with me to complete this work.

There will be another NELPG steam test tomorrow (Rolly is putting a warming fire in tonight) and the VAB and insurance functional/in steam exams are booked for Thursday. Following this a test/running in trip from Carnforth to Hellefield is planned for 30th April.

Unfortunately the engine and tender will have to go to Tyseley for tyre turning by road as Network Rail are not able to gauge the loco in time for a move by rail. This move is booked for 2nd May so the engine and tender will need to be split and the rods removed immediately after the test run on 30th April.

The engine and tender are due back to Carnforth from Tyseley on the 5th or 6th May (to be confirmed) following which they will need to be reassembled prior to the journey north.

 

Saturday 7th April 2018

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We have made reasonable progress with the reassembly of the K1 over the last few days with a particularly good turn out of 8 on Saturday.

The cab and RH con rod were re-fitted at the end of last week and the tender put back into its wheels on Saturday. Many more minor jobs have also been undertaken but there is still a lot to do.

On a positive note our boiler insurance company carried out the annual cold exam on Monday with no issues to report.

I am going back over to Carnforth tomorrow with a view to reassembling the K1 to a point where it can be steamed on Sunday. Any help you can give would be most appreciated. The co car will be available so you can do as few, or as many days as you like.

 

Saturday 31st March 2018

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Six of us worked on the K1 on Saturday and four on Sunday. Satisfactory progress was made.

The honing was completed and the RH back valve cover and valve were fitted. The valve gland and combination leaver are, however. still to fit. A start was also made on improving and repainting the cladding sheet that fits round the safety valve and whistle bosses and the tender frames were lightly rubbed down and given their second coat of gloss.

The I.D's to the new bushes for the union link pin in the RH crosshead and reverser catch were reamed to size and the reverser catch was then refitted. The end of the regulator rod was die pen tested and found to be in order.

The coupling rods to both sides were fitted after lining the cranks up and the LH con rod, return crank and eccentric rod were also refitted. All still need securing. The RH intermediate coupling rod bush and the LH big end had been re-metaled so both were trial fitted "dry" and clearances checked before being fitted (complete with new felts). A new felt has also been cut and soaked for the RH big end which has also been re-metaled.

There is still a huge amount of work to do and now that I have retired from my paid job I will be spending as much time as it takes to finish the K1 in time for its rostered work on the Jacobite. If you can help, at any time, then please let me know.

 

Saturday 24th March 2018

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A satisfactory weekend on the K1 with 6 of us there on Saturday and 5 on Sunday.

Over the weekend good progress was made with the honing - another half day and it will be finished. The RH valve rings were gapped, the RH piston was prepared for fitting, the rings gapped and fitted, the piston was then fitted, reunited with the crosshead, the piston packings fitted and secured and the front covet refitted.

A new bushes were fitted for union link pin to the RH crosshead and the reverser catch. Both need reaming through to finish them off. A good start was also made on drilling out the sheared cladding fixing set screws from the cylinder blocks and with refitting the manifold pipework. Work on replacing a number of wasted roof stay nuts in the firebox resumed and a new steam pipe was manufactured and fitted to the RH back sands.

The tender frames were undercoated on Saturday and received their first coat of gloss on Sunday. They will however need a second coat of gloss this coming weekend. A new LH internal filler pipe was fitted to the tender and a start was made in removing the tender water gauge cross shaft and bracket inside the tender (the float arm sheared off this on the last day of Jacobite service last year)

Whilst we had a very productive weekend there is still much to do if we are to have the engine ready in time for the season and we are still well behind programme.

 

Saturday March 17th 2018

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Only 3 at Carnforth and 2 on Sunday so not much progress on the K1 over the weekend.

We did manage to carry on with the honing on the RH valve liners - hopefully this will be completed this coming weekend. The RH crosshead (having being taken from Darlington to Carnforth during the week) was fitted and checked, the LH valve gland was refitted, the outstanding securing jobs were finished to the LH engine and the graduable steam brake valve was refitted after refurbishment. Unfortunately, that was it so we are now even further behind programme.

There will be another full weekend of working on the K1 this coming weekend. In addition to the mechanical work we hope to progress the repainting of the tender frames, so if You could do either day or both. If you are prepared to get involved then please let me know.

 

Saturday 10th March 2018

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6 of us worked at Carnforth over the weekend and we made good progress.

Before the weekend the LH crosshead had been taken from Darlington where it had been re-metalled and machined. This was necessary to avoid overloading the co car on Saturday.

Over the weekend the LH engine was largely reassembled - the new valve rings were gapped, notched, chamfered and fitted to the heads allowing the valve to be refitted after refitting the back valve cover. The crosshead was refitted and thoroughly checked, then reunited with the piston rod, followed by more checking The new piston packings were then fitted. A new union link pin bush was fitted to the crosshead and the union link and combination leaver were then been put back up as was the front cylinder cover .

The valve glands, valve rod/crosshead cotter, piston packing and union link pin split pins still need to be fitted as does the crosshead cotter securing key (just built up with weld to improve the fit tonight).

Work also continued with honing the RH valve liners - the front has now been completed and a good start made on the back. The repaired ejector exhaust pipe was refitted inside the smokebox as was the blower supply pipe (it had been removed for a new flange to be fitted) and the blower ring.

We also made a good start on painting the tender frames - they were thoroughly cleaned (again) rubbed down, all lose paint removed, prepared, filled, rubbed back down and primed - not bad considering my orbital sander expired early on Saturday afternoon (it cost me £5.00 about 15 years ago - you just can't get decent stuff to last these days) so we had to wait for another one to arrive on Sunday.

We also had another excellent night in Lancaster and even managed a pint in the Snug on Carnforth Station before we went.

All very satisfying for those involved but we are still miles behind programme. In view of this we are working full weekends for the rest of this month (inc Easter Sat and Sun). In order to help the Carnforth regulars it would be nice if more of you would come and help - we are not that bad - honest.

 
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