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K1 Blog

A blog of activities associated with the K1 62005.



Saturday 25th November 2017

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Six of us went to Carnforth and had a satisfactory day working on the K1 yesterday.

There was an inch or two of snow over the Pennies but nothing to slow our progress on the A66 or K1 (the A66 is a road by the way - not a very advanced LNER pacific).

We managed to split both crossheads (the RH proving to be stubborn as usual but it decided to cooperate in the end) remove both cylinder covers, extract both pistons, finish cleaning the piston valves, remove the OTMR recorder (which will now be sent away for repair) disconnect the TPWS, remove the cab seats (so that they can be reupholstered) and prepare the gauge frames for inspection.

For anyone who may be changing any gauge frame packings in the future we noted during the gauge frame prep that the batch of PTFE gauge frame packings we are currently using are too long and partially block the passage through the cock when it is open. There maybe some of these packings at Grosmont and/or Hopetown so be very careful if you are fitting any of them. If any have already been fitted it will certainly be worth checking that they are OK.

There will be another working party on the K1 next Saturday when we aim to remove the back valve covers, de-carbon the valve liners/steam chest and start preparing the top of the cab for removal (this is necessary because we need to seal weld the manifold boss and this can not be done with the top of the cab, or the manifold in place). During the course of this week West Coast should start replacing the ashpan's centre hopper.

 

Saturday 18th November 2017

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We had a pretty good day on Saturday.

There were 5 of us in attendance and we managed to change a few roof stay nuts, remove all of the rocking sections and side bearers of the grate in readiness for the ashpan repairs to be carried out by West Coast under contract, remove both expansion links and die blocks so that the condition of the die blocks could be properly assessed and remove the union links and combination levers.

In addition good progress was made in cleaning the piston valves. One side has been completed and the other 75% done.

We even managed to have our lunch, complete with mine pies sitting in the sun, the Grosmont crew can only dream of such luxury!

There will be another working party this Saturday when the main push will be getting the back valve covers off, the crossheads split and the pistons out.

 

Saturday 11th November 2017

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We had a pretty good day on Saturday. 8 of us attended and the weather was kind to us. A couple of the lads even had their lunch sitting out side in the sun - I will have to put a stop to that before they get used to the idea and book a holiday to Benidorm.

Anyway, when half the crew weren't lying about in the sun or drinking tea, we managed to bring all of the heavy stuff (springs etc) off the tender top, get all con rod and side rod bush clearances measured, the rods off cleaned, stored and oiled for protection, all the gauges off and taken away for cleaning and recertification (they have since been cleaned), the flanges, slide bars and piston rods measured and 4 roof stay nuts replaced (only about 40 more to do!).

Not a bad effort given that the loco was reluctant to move (as it was sitting on an uneven joint on the wheel drop road) so the initial move in connection with dropping the rods off took us over half an hour rather than the anticipated 2ish minutes. We did, however, find a few minutes to go and look at Carnforth's new wheel lathe which is now very close to commissioning. It looks really good and as we will now be able to have the tyres turned at Carnforth, will save us many thousands in that there will be no transport costs and the actual turning job is likely be cheaper anyway. It will also remove the hassle of having to take the engine somewhere , dropping the rods off and putting them on again when the tyre turning is done.

There will be another working party on Saturday when the plan is to do a few more roof stay nuts, then completely remove the grate so that West Coast can replace the centre hopper and door on the ashpan under contract. We will also remove a few more things out of the smokebox, perhaps even an element or two.

Unfortunately, such was the demand to come to Carnforth on Saturday that I had to turn one prospective volunteer away. If you want to join us next week early booking is therefore highly recommended.

 

Saturday 4th November 2017

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The lads had a good day on Saturday.

The blast pipe spark arrestor, safety valves and whistle were removed for servicing and in preparation for further work and the cleaning work inside the firebox ahead of the annual exam has almost been completed. The smokebox door seal has also been removed as have the cosmetic front cylinder covers, the side rod split pins an cotters and the draw bar pin split pins. The engine and tender are now ready to split.

There will be another working party on Saturday when we plan to remove the side rods (after checking all clearances in order to determine which bushes need to be remetalled or replaced) and continue clearing the smokebox in preparation for removal of the elements. We might even replace a few roof stay nuts if time permits.

Whilst I doubt we can compete with the Q6 on the tea drinking and cake eating front we will manage the odd cuppa and might even get a lunch break. You would also be very welcome to come and join in the fun.

 

Saturday 28th October 2017

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After a delayed start (the co car failed but it is sorted now) we had a good day on Saturday.

The boiler has been washed out, the washout plugs cleaned, with a start made on the mud hole doors, and the arch has been removed and cleared away. Our delayed start meant a late finish (18:00 ish away from Carnforth) but we got done what we set out to do.

There will be another working party this coming Saturday - late finish very unlikely as I will not be there. There is plenty to do from removing spark arresters to cleaning fireboxes - the fun will be endless. There will even be tea and biscuits - just like at Grosmont only you will be working on a better engine

 

The K1 returns to Carnforth

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The K1 has now completed it's seasons work and returned to Carnforth, arriving almost 2 hours early at approx 23:25 on Friday.

The loco has had a very successful season completing 74 Jacobite's as well as its work on the GBX with 100% availability. Many thanks to all who made this possible by working on the loco last winter or supporting it through the operating season.

This Winter's maintenance has already begun with the removal of the piston values and primary screen and the disconnection of the gauges, transducers and intermediate bags etc bring completed before the last of last week's support crew left Carnforth at 15:00 yesterday.

Working parties will now be held every Saturday, with some full weekends and mid week working thrown in, until the winter work has been completed. The most significant jobs to be undertaken this winter are outlined in October's NELPG News.

 

 

There's no truth in the rumour ...

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The gossip on the North Yorkshire Moors railway on Wednesday concerned a failure of the K1 on the Jacobite earlier in the week. This seemed to originate from a social media posting. Since no reports had reached the other members of the group, steps were taken to contact the Chairman and Jacobite footplate crew member to establish the facts.

The Chairman "trumps" the story: "No problems. K1 OK."

More fake news!

 

4th May 2017

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The K1 is now safely at Fort William, having, by all accounts, performed exceedingly well on the Railway Touring Company's annual 'World Tour'. It left Carnforth at 03.50 on Saturday 29 April, piloted by a 37, arriving at Thornton yard, near Kirkaldy, via the Forth bridge, at midday, 45 minutes ahead of schedule. It left there at 10.30 the following morning for the short run via Ladybank to Perth where, after watering, double headed with 45212 (deputising for 60009 Union of South Africa) up the Highland main line to Inverness. On bank holiday Monday, 1 May, 62005 made a splendid run from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and back, in superb weather, making a rousing climb up to Ravens Rock in the process. The next day the K1 again worked with 45212 on the return run to Perth, surmounting the formidable ascent to Slochd and less dramatic climb to Drumochter, at 1,484 feet the highest point on the National rail network, with consummate ease! Contrary to the original plan, the Black Five came off the train at Perth, and with a 47 now on the rear, 62005 then worked the train forward to Stirling, Larbert, Cumbernauld and Glasgow Central. A long day ended with the train running empty from Glasgow to Bo'ness, a total distance that day of 222 miles! To complete its adventure, on Wednesday 3 May, 62005 left Glasgow Queen Street for the run to Fort William, passing over the second highest point at Corrour - 1,350 feet - en route. However, the class 47 which pulled the train into Queen Street and then banked the train up the steep Cowlairs bank, stayed on the rear of the train throughout, because of high fire risk. Fortunately, after three days of near cloudless skies, but with a strong easterly breeze, there were no line side fires.

Over the five days, 62005 covered 951 trouble free miles, a vindication of the winter work carried out by WCR and Paul's team at Carnforth. However, the five days involved some very early starts and late finishes, so sincere thanks must go to the support crew under Paul Hutchinson's leadership, of Mark O'Brien, Emma Mountain, Angela Buxton, Rowland Bingham, Duncan Richardson and John Graham, who all worked hard and put in some long hours. Neal Woods, who shared the firing with me, also did fitness to run examinations, so he, too, deserves a special mention. The two drivers throughout on the K1 were Peter Walker and Bobby Duncan.

Whilst this is all good news, and all concerned can be very proud of what was a tremendous achievement, the downside is that the support coach remains at Bo'ness, as a technical problem precluded its use on the journey up to Fort William. However, the good news is, that it is hoped that the coach can be moved via a SRPS special from Bo'ness to Fort William on 13 May, in time for the K1's first week of Jacobite operation.

 

Great Britain X railtour

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There are no reports concerning the progress of the K1 in the north from the support crew as yet.

However, ...

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17th April 2017

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We had a satisfactory 3 days with the K1 over Easter.

On Saturday the loco was weighed, a few small jobs carried out which came to light on the loco's last steaming (last Wednesday) the lagging and cladding replaced over the outer wrapper repair area and finally, the loco was lit up.

On Sunday the sand pipes were refitted (they have to be removed to weigh the loco) some rotten boards were replaced to the cab floor and the loco and coach were prepped for the following day's test run. The last thing to do (or so we thought) was to move the engine under its own power in order to warm the front end a little before we gave the cylinder covers a final nip. This we did but then discovered that as we had moved the RH side of the fall plate had somehow got caught under the tender floor and distorted to such an extent that the loco could not run the next day.

An hour's work with the oxy gear and a sledge hammer got us to the point where we could run the next day but we have decided to replace the fall plate before the loco leaves Carnforth for Scotland at the end of this month. This set back almost cost us our tea - we got to the only hostelry in town serving food with minutes to spare.

Monday's test run was very straightforward. We ran to time, the new white metal settled in very nicely, everything worked as it should and there is very little new work identified.

We left a back end in overnight as West Coast steamed the loco again today so that the annual TPWS/OTMR maintenance could be competed (which has now been done).

Whilst the mechanical work has now been largely completed and the loco is more or less ready to undertake its rostered work, it does look a bit tatty. The aim is to improve the loco's appearance before it leaves Carnforth. We also intend to clean and tidy the interior of the coach and paint all of the previously painted floors.

 


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