7820 Dinmore Manor - The Blog

This blog will follow the heavy overhaul of 7820 through to its return to steam. The chassis is being overhauled at Tyseley Locomotive Works whilst the boiler is being overhauled at Ian Riley's workshops.
We are working hard every weekend to bring together the hundreds of small pieces that require refurbishing to get the loco back into working order. Follow us to keep up todate with the weekly progress and who knows if you like the look of what you see you may even be tempted to join us and help put 7820 back in action.

Sunday 29 December 2013

December 2013 - Tyseley Locomotive Works

The cab with some of the fittings bolted back in place.

                                             A view down the fireman's side of the engine

A view down the drier's side of the engine


                                     Back inside the tent, work starts on the smoke box area

With the cab safely back in place, the engine is shunted back onto the turntable

With the cab in place, cladding of the boiler and firebox can be undertaken
The cab roof is lowered into position
The engine is manoeuvred to allow turning prior to installation of the cab roof 
After a long day and a few trials and tribulations, the boiler is finally positioned in the frames
The steam fountain has to be installed on the firebox back head before the cab roof is replaced
The holes for securing ash pan flange to the foundation ring are marked out to accept the securing studs. The rectangular cut outs are the positions of the grate support brackets. 
The modified design of ash pan as fitted to 7828 is prepared for installation to the firebox. This fabrication caused some clearance problems during installation to the frames and had to be modified to allow the boiler to sit correctly in the frames  
The regulator handle is cleaned and receives a fresh undercoat of paint
The air vacuum release valves, commonly known as the snifting valves, have had the valves faces and spindles reground. The assemblies are of BR design as they have the additional boss which can be used for measuring steam chest pressure.
Cutting new joints prior to re-assembly of the air vacuum release valves.