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K1 Blog

A blog of activities associated with the K1 62005.

Tuesday 24th December 2019


The K1 had a successful steam test yesterday with Mike Bloomfield, Les Harper and me present. In addition we finished filling the back of the tender tank (and got it painted) and the side rods and wiggly bits were cleaned up and oiled. Angie and I went back over to Grosmont last night to build the back end up and then again this morning to meet the insurance examiner for the insurance hot exam. This went well, we put the engine to bed and got away for 13:00.

The running in day will now be on Saturday and if all goes well the loco will work to Whitby the next day and again on the 1st Jan. It will end up at New Bridge on the evening of the 1st ready for its road move to the GCR on the 3rd. I'll be splitting the engine and tender on the 2nd if anyone would like to join me. Just e-mail me if you want to come along or if you want to come to Grosmont and help to clean the loco on the morning of either of its working days.



Friday 20th December 2019


Ian Pearson, Les Harper and I had a mixed day with the K1's steam test yesterday.

On the down side a fizz on one of the smoke box tube plate washout plugs meant that we could not get to full working pressure and test/reset the safety valves.

We did however have enough steam to carry out a function test on everything else, all of which proved to be satisfactory. Whilst the defective plug was disappointing the overall result was not too bad considering the amount of work undertaken since the loco was last steamed.

We were also able to continue filling/preparing the repaired areas to the back of the tender tank, clean the Q6's pistons ready for transporting and had another look at how to remove the Q6's regulator rod. In this regard we found that the crank will not pass through the intermediate regulator rod bracket within the boiler so, in order to remove the rod either the crank will have to come off the rod or the bracket will have to be removed - both cases much easier said than done!

Over the next few days the planned work on the K1 will be as follows;

  1. Tomorrow evening I will go and drain the boiler (it will not be cool enough before then).
  2. On Sunday I will remove the offending plug and do what is necessary to sort it out, refill the boiler and light a warming fire.
  3. On Monday we will carry out a further steam test and test/adjust the safety valves.
  4. The boiler insurance hot exam is booked for Tuesday.

If all goes to plan we might have Wednesday off but the loco will be back in steam next Friday for a light engine test run up the bank to see how the new white metal on the cross heads settled in. If all goes well we then hopefully bank a train to Goathland. The loco should then be available for NYMR service up to and including 01/01/20.


Saturday 30th November 2019


There were working parties both days last weekend at Grosmont. 5 of us there on Saturday and 4 on Sunday.

All of the work carried out was on the K1 and included dressing the weld repairs recently carried out to the rear of the tender tank, completing the back head valve exam, completing preparing the cylinders and cylinder covers for refitting, preparing the piston packing assemblies for refitting, removing all tender brake linkage pins, examining all pins and bushes and refitting pins (other than one pin where an associated bush was missing) and making a start on refitting the mud hole doors (including refurbishing the seats in two of them).


Saturday 23rd November 2010


A satisfactory day at Grosmont today with 9 of us there for most of the day.

The RH connecting rod was removed from the Q6 and the clearances of both little end pins checked.

On the K1 we continued changing the defective roof stay nuts (only 7 left to do now) serviced the LH drain cocks and both rear cylinder relief valves (the left leading has also been started) refitted the remetalled LH cross head, die pen tested the stuffing box end of the regulator rod (found to be ok) progressed the annual maintenance of both clack boxes including recutting both steam valve seats, adjusted the ashpan rear hopper door linkage, prepared the back of the tender tank for seal welding (where minor leaks have occurred to previously repaired areas) and measured the RH slide bar in connection with the ongoing repairs to the RH cross head (some minor fracturing has been welded and the top slipper, which is very worn and fractured, is being replaced).

The next working party will be on Wednesday then both days next weekend. We need to progress the work on both the Q6 and K1 over the next few weeks so please come and join us if you can.


Saturday 9th November 2019


A satisfactory couple of days on the Q6 and K1 last weekend. 9 of were there on Saturday and 10 on Sunday. Saskia, Kenny Morrison and Nigel Dyson deserve a special mention as they travelled a long way to spend both days working with us.

Work continued on removing the steam pipes from the Q6's smoke box. By Sunday afternoon removal of the spark arrestor had been completed the LH steam pipe had been removed and a good start had been made on the RH. In addition both cylinder covers had been removed as has the steam brake isolating valve.

On the K1 the boiler insurance and main line cold exams had been carried out on Friday, neither of which raised any unexpected issues. Following the exams the safety valves were serviced and reassembled. They were refitted on Saturday.

Other work carried out to the K1 over the weekend included splitting removing and cleaning the pistons and crossheads on both sides (the crossheads have since been dropped off at M Machine, Darlington for white metaling and machining) valve liners and steam chests de-carboned and cleaned, piston valve heads and rings de-carboned, cleaned, reassembled and refitted, both cylinder bores cleaned, tender drained, washout plugs refitted, gauge frames reassembled, regulator handle removed, tender brake tables cleaned, pressure gauges removed and throat plate mud hole openings prepared for welding (to be undertaken by Mark O'Brien). A start was also made on changing the 31 roof stay nuts requiring replacement.


Saturday 2nd November 2019


3 of us at Grosmont today - Angie, Chris H and me.

Given that we were limited in the amount of work that only three of us could undertake we concentrated on preparing the K1 for its boiler insurance cold exam (arranged for next Friday).

We completed cleaning the mud hole doors and washout plugs, thoroughly cleaned the fire box and smoke box and removed fire hole bottom protector plate and safety valves.

Towards the end of the day we removed a valve ring which had been stuck in the back LH valve head and started cleaning both heads on the same valve.

All three of our loco's at Grosmont are still to be moved into Deviation Shed. This did not hamper our progress today and as it worked out, it is a good job the Q6 was still outside as it will be working tomorrow (Repton failed with a blown piston packing today and Eric was trapped behind a damaged point).

We knew that the Q6 regulator gland had been leaking by when it was used on Wednesday so we repacked the gland this afternoon.

The next Grosmont working party will be on Wednesday then both days next weekend. It is imperative that we push on with the winter maintenance on all of our loco's at Grosmont so please come and join us if you can.


Plans for winter maintenance


I had planned to clean the K1 tomorrow ahead of it hauling our members special on Saturday, however, it will now be in use on the Railway tomorrow so Angie and I are going over on Friday.

We are aiming to start at 10:00 and will clean everything but the cab (which we will return to do on Saturday morning).

We will be starting the K1's winter maintenance programme straight after our members special (quite literally).

After the K1 has been disposed following working our train on Saturday I intend to remove the valves - much easier to do while they are hot.

The first full winter maintenance working party will be on Tuesday next week when it is planned to empty the boiler water, remove the mud hole doors and w/o plugs, remove both pistons and both cross heads. This will necessitate the removal of the con rods as we need to keep the loco movable. It is then planned to wash the boiler out the following day - we will do this rather than imposing on the NYMR.

The valves are being removed for cleaning, examination and possible re-ringing. Likewise the pistons are being removed for cleaning and examination but will certainly need new rings. The cross heads are to be re-metelled.

The cold boiler insurance exam is scheduled for Friday 8th Nov by which time all doors and plugs must be cleaned for inspection, the safety valves must have been removed stripped and cleaned for inspection and all work identified to the boiler, doors, plugs and fittings.

There is however, no major boiler work currently planned this winter although the arch will be replaced as will approx 20 roof stay nuts.

Other mechanical work to be undertaken at Grosmont will be examining and replacing as necessary the tender brake pins and bushes and checking and replacing as necessary the hornstay bolts to the driving wheelset.

Any work to side rod bushes will be undertaken when all rods are removed to facilitate tyre turning when the loco returns to Carnforth in February next year.


Sunday 6th October 2019


There was 4 of us at Grosmont on Saturday and 5 on Sunday.

On Saturday 2 (Ian P and Trevor W) worked on improving the gate across the end of the pit in Dev Shed and the other 2 (Chris H and I) replaced the K1's smoke box door seal, adjusted the graduable steam brake inlet pipe (between the manifold and brake valve) cut a new LH expansion bracket securing plate cladding sheet to size (the old one went missing over a year ago) adjusted the front screen on the blast pipe spark arrester and lit up the K1 for steam test the following day . We also recut the LH injector steam valve seat and lapped the corresponding valve head in, on the Q6.

In addition, when he had finished working on the gate in Dev Shed, Ian prepared the Q6 for lighting up (it was to work the diner the next day).

Sunday's working party was Angie, Les H, Ian P, Ken M and me.

Most of the day was spent on the K1 although we did put a wreath on the Q6, in memory of Len Clarke, before it worked the diner.

The K1 was steam tested to check the pipework that had been reworked the day before (which was satisfactory) and to investigate a reported leak on the vacuum chamber side. Whilst this was also satisfactory, being well above the minimum FTR requirement, there is a very minor leak somewhere between the vacuum lock valve and the vacuum lock its self. This will be investigate further when time permits.

Other work undertaken was the replacement of the timber packing behind the rear ejector exhaust bracket, finishing, trial fitting and painting the cladding sheet cut to size on Saturday, the engine and tender greased round, trailing axle box wedges checked and adjusted and ash pan swilled out.

At the end of the day we removed the wreath from the Q6 when it got back from working the diner. Unfortunately the loco came back with a broken spring. This was changed by the NYMR today.


Thursday 3rd October 2019


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


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.


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