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K1 Blog

A blog of activities associated with the K1 62005.

Saturday 7th April 2018


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


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


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


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


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.


Saturday 3rd March 2018


6 of us went to Carnforth on Saturday.

We made reasonable progress. The trailing wheelset and associated components are now refitted, we continued with honing the RH valve liners, refitted the LH piston and refitted the sample element we had removed to check for condition (found to be satisfactory).

Over the last two weeks West Coast have completed the machining and seal welding of the safety valve and whistle bosses. The manifold boss has also been machined and all safety valve, whistle and manifold studs replaced.


Saturday 24th February 2018


6 of us went to Carnforth on Saturday. While some good progress was made we are still well behind programme.

There will be another working party on Saturday and full weekend working on 10th and 11th March.


Saturday 17th February 2018


We had a very good turn out over the weekend at Carnforth and good progress was made. Bryan and 4 juniors spent the whole weekend working on the K1 boosting the total numbers to 10 on Saturday (including our CME, John Graham) and 8 on Sunday.

West Coast had put the trailing wheelset back in last week so we were able to continue sorting the hornstays and bolts out. This was progressed far enough to allow the the ashpan linkage to be refitted. We now just need two new bolts to fit (which should be ready for collection later this week) to allow the trailing springs to be refitted. Work also continued with the valve liner honing. The LH has now been completed and a good start has been made on the RH. The grate was refitted, John G inspected the firebox, the blower pipe was removed to facilitate the replacement of the flange, the reverser catch bush removed for replacement, the vacuum lock shoes removed for replacement of the top pin. In addition the above a number of securing jobs were completed and most of the cleaning jobs have now been completed.

There will be another working party this Saturday - despite the good progress last weekend we are still well behind programme so a good turn out is needed.


Saturday 10th February 2018


A mixed couple of days at Carnforth last weekend despite a big turn out (8 of us at one point).

Honing the LH valve liners has now been completed. We will have to find a way to speed up for the RH if we are to get them done in time. The tender spring hangers have been removed so that we can paint the tender frames when the weather warms up a little, the axleboxes were refitted to the loco's trailing wheel set in readiness for putting the wheelset back under the loco. The horn wedges have however been removed for truing (now done) and these must be returned before the wheelset can be refitted (see below).

The trailing wheelset hornstay bolt holes have now all been reamed where necessary and the new bolts ordered. In the smokebox the blower ring has been removed to enable a new flange for the supply pipe can be manufactured and fitted.

In addition to the above cleaning of various components including the LH valve covers and tender frames was completed.

One job that had to be deferred again was refitting the grate. This must now be done next weekend.

The next job will be to return and fit the axlebox wedges for the trailing axleboxes. In order to refit the trailng wheelset this week the wedges must be returned and refitted tomorrow. I will be going to do this after work, departing Teesside at approx 16:30. If anyone would like to join me I would be very grateful. Refitting the wedges will not take long so I expect to be back to Teesside by 21:30.


Saturday 3rd February 2018


7 of us ventured to Carnforth on Saturday. We had a mixed day with progress with the valve liner honing, completion of servicing the drain cocks, good progress with the backhead valve exam/servicing and reaming out a number of distorted bolt holes for the trailing wheelset hornstays (the new bolts for these have now been ordered).

All tender axlebox brasses were also removed and examined. Only the leading pair require any work (re-ending) which is better than expected.

On the down side I had hoped to refit the grate and put the trailing axleboxes back onto the wheel set, following completion of the contract work undertaken by West Coast. Unfortunately neither of these tasks were achieved.


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