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K1 Blog

A blog of activities associated with the K1 62005.



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

 

Week Beginning 29th June

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Here are some photos taken during the running week commencing 30 June 2019.

On Saturday 29 June 2019 the K1 appears to be at the head of a train at Fort William depot double heading with Black 5 45407. All is not what it seems as the 45407 has a ‘Not to be Moved’ sign attached to the cab and when ready will a little later pull back the K1 so that it can be prepared for operating the morning train the next day. The Black 5 also sported at some point the headboard ‘Florence’s Flyer’ in celebration of her birthday.

 

At Fort William depot double heading with Black 5 45407 - Steve Hyman

The K1 @ 9pm on Saturday 29 July 2019 having been prepared for the next day’s operation with a warming fire and the batteries on charge - Steve Hyman

At the end of the first day, the K1 has been disposed of and inspected and is now moving back onto the dock for work to continue ahead of the next day’s operation - Steve Hyman

On the final day of the week’s Jacobite operations the K1 sits at Glenfinnan Station waiting to depart at 11.22 for Mallaig with the weather being OK after a fairly inclement week - Steve Hyman

A group shot as the support crew take a breather on the last day of operation – from l-r Chris Henwood, Steve Hyman, Paul Hutchinson, Angie Buxton and Alan Hardie - Steve Hyman

The K1 has run round the empty coaching stock and will set back onto the stock to switch platforms ready for the Sprinter to arrive from Fort William and the return journey at 14:10. This is also on 6 July 2019 - Steve Hyman

In a simulation of the 14:10 departure the K1 takes the empty coaching stock past the Ground Frame before setting back into the other platform (6-07-2019). - Steve Hyman

The K1 is awaiting departure from Mallaig on Saturday 6 July 2019. This was taken from on top of the Armco barrier on the road which runs alongside the station - Steve Hyman

The backdrop to the support crew fish and chip lunch stop on the final day(6/7) at Mallaig - Steve Hyman

 

Jacobite Photos

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A set of photographs from Arthur Jenkins taken during 13th to 28th June at Ft William.

14th June. The birthday headboard is trial fitted, a little late for the actual birthday - Arthur Jenkins

15th June. The K1 with a warming fire in front of a rain threatened Ben Nevis - Arthur Jenkins

15th June. Reflection in the hydrant puddle - Arthur Jenkins

15th June with even more rain on its way - Arthur Jenkins

16th June. The Jacobite train with the extra headboard on RHS lamp bracket with al bottle of a beer once brewed in Newcastle - Arthur Jenkins

... which the driver pours over the ballast whilst his fireman grits his teeth - Arthur Jenkins

The crew; John Midcalf, Garry Stainburn, Margaret Stainburn, Driver John Hunt, Arthur Jenkins, Jonathan Wilkinson, Fireman Neal Woods - somebody using Arthur Jenkins's camera

Driver Hunt awaiting the arrival of the sprinter from Mallaig at Glenfinnan - Arthur Jenkins

Mallaig, John Midcalf points to the sign - Arthur Jenkins

19th June at Glenfinnan and the K1 again awaits the arrival of the sprinter from Mallaig - Arthur Jenkins

Still waiting for the sprinter - Arthur Jenkins

John Barns, Glenfinnan Station owner - Arthur Jenkins

21st June. Shunting the stock at Mallaig - Arthur Jenkins

Shunting the stock at Mallaig - Arthur Jenkins

23rd Jun. End of week ice cream at Mallaig: Arthur Jenkins, John Midcalf and Jonathan Wilkinson - somebody with Arthur Jenkins camera

27th June. The washout crew of Mike Bloomfield, Paul Hutchinson, Angie Buxton, Arthur Jenkins, John Midcalf and Les Harper pose by the loco - somebody with Arthur Jenkins's camera

 

Two weeks with the Jacobite

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Arthur asleep on Jacobite - John Midcalf

Arthur Washing out - John Midcalf

Arthur Washout No2 - John Midcalf

Aviemore DMU - John Midcalf

Aviemore Shed - John Midcalf

Aviemore Shed No2 - John Midcalf

Aviemore Shed No3 - John Midcalf

Black 5 Air Pump - John Midcalf

Fort William 37419 Three Peaks - John Midcalf

Fort William 62005 70th No1 - John Midcalf

Fort William 62005 70th No2 - John Midcalf

Fort William 62005 70th No3 - John Midcalf

Fort William Dock 62005 - John Midcalf

Fort William Dock 62005 No2 - John Midcalf

Fort William Pit 62005 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 37402 Three Peaks - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 37402 Three Peaks No2 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 37419 Three Peaks - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 37419 Three Peaks No2 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 37419 Three Peaks No3 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 45407 & 37419 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard No5 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 No1 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 No2 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 No3 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 No4 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 No5 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 No6 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 No7 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard 62005 No8 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard No6 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard No7 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard No8 - John Midcalf

Fort William Yard No9 - John Midcalf

Mallaig No1 - John Midcalf

Mallaig No2 - John Midcalf

Mallaig Arthur - John Midcalf

Mallaig Arthur in 62005 - John Midcalf

Mallaig Arthur on 62005 - John Midcalf

Mallaig Arthur on 62005 No2 - John Midcalf

Mallaig Arthur on rock - John Midcalf

Mallaig Greasers - John Midcalf

Mallaig Gulls - John Midcalf

Mallaig Gulls No2 - John Midcalf

Mallaig Gulls No3 - John Midcalf

Mallaig Jon in 62005 - John Midcalf

 

Monday 10th June 2019

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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

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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

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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.

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Saturday 27th April 2019

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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).

 

Saturday 20th April 2019

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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.

 

 

Saturday 13th April 2019

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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.

 
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