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K1 back at Fort William


After the West Coast team at Carnforth pulled out the firebox platework and replaced 111 firebox stays - all of the original stays - the boiler had a hydraulic test, and a steam test, the cab and cladding were replaced, and the locomotive traveled back by low loader to Fort William, arriving on 19th September, less than a month after it had left.

John Midcalf and Rowland Bingham connect up the tender services whilst Colin Smith cleans the tender frames. Dave Donnegan is busy kicking John Midcalf's head in - Nigel Hall

That afternoon, after some initial preparation work, the engine and tender were reunited and a warming fire lit before dusk.

The loco feels quite at home, back in the Highlands in the misty autumn drizzle.

The loco stands by the tender at 10:00 on 19th September - John Midcalf

Saturday dawned bright, but deteriorated.

After removal of the return crank and return rod, Paul Hutchinson, Nigel Hall and Dave Donnegan prepare to fit the connecting rod - John Midcalf

Paul Hutchinson emerges through the tender filler whilst repairing the float gauge - John Midcalf

By lunch the rods were back on, by mid afternoon there was 225psi on the gague. All ready now for the The West HighlanderSteam Express.

The K1 in steam under Ben Nevis - Nigel Hall

Sunday dawned promisingly, but got progressively worse. The loco was prepared, but the rain drove the cleaners for the shelter of the support coach. About 16:00 the K4 arrived at the yard; a quick photographer could have snapped it surrounded by a rainbow. At about 17:00 the K1 left the yard to pick up the West Highland Steam Express stock and take it to the station for an evening trip along the West Highland extension. At least it had stopped raining.

From the West Highland Express stock in Fort William High Yard awaiting the K1 coupling on. 44871 has just been turned on turntable for the Oban run the next day - John Midcalf

This was a trouble free trip to Arisaig, arriving about dusk,followed by a night trip back to Fort William. All seemed to be in order as the loco was inspected following disposal.

Nigel Hall extinguishing the fire as the ash is dropped during disposal - John Midcalf

On Monday 23rd, The K1 hauled the Jacobite whilst the K4 took the West Highland Steam Express to Crianlarich for the black 5s to haul to Oban.

An LNER departure from Fort William; K4 on left, K1 on right - Nigel Hall

Driver Bobby Duncan and guard Florence McLean have a brief encounter. It's a Carnforth sort of thing - Nigel Hall

K1 about to depart Fort William through the blackberries - Nigel Hall

Catering manager  Neil and Guard Florence at Glenfinnan whilst passengers were away at the museum - Nigel Hall

Mallaig: the end of the line - Nigel Hall

Back at Tom na Faire yard after a very satisfactory day - Nigel Hall

The K1 stabeled behind the support coach at the end of the day - John Midcalf

So, the K1 is back.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 20:23