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K1 Blog

A blog of activities associated with the K1 62005.



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

 

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.

 


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