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.

Tuesday 28 January 2014

Saturday 25th January 2014 - Tyseley Locomotive Works





                                       IN THE WORKS



The superheater header has had all the old studs removed and new ones fitted. The superheater element ports are now being blanked off to allow the header to be pressure tested prior to re-installing in the smoke box.
With the new section of boiler banding in place around the safety valve, the opportunity is taken to fit the clack boxes to the safety valve casting and install the feed pipes from the injectors to the clacks.
The clack and feed pipe re-fitted on the firemans side. The cover for the feed pipe needs to be fitted but this cannot be done until the safety valve bonnet has been fitted as all new holes need to be drilled and tapped for the bonnet and covers.
Work on the cab continues as the cab extension receives a coat of paint, remaining back head cladding is fitted and the regulator rod is installed.
The smoke box door liner in place on the door and marked up with the sizes of spacers required to complete the fitting.
A birds eye view as our Manor gradually comes together.

From the drivers side

From the firemans side

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th January 2014 - Tyseley Locomotive Works

 After another repositioning in the works, 7820 starts to take the shape of a Manor approaching completion with the addition of barrel cladding and the smoke box firmly bolted to the saddle. The item in the foreground is the top of the fire box of Jubilee BAHAMAS

Work continues on fitting out the cab
The Bloomer, 6201 Princess Elizabeth and 45596 Bahamas surround Dinmore Manor - a rose amongst the thorns!!

Some of the fire box cladding in place whilst a ratchet strap hold boiler cladding in place during final

Busy in the cab as back head cladding is fitted and attention is given to bedding in a troublesome
                                                                 brake ejector

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th January 2014 - Tyseley Locomotive Works

One week on since moving into the works, the team at Tyseley have been busy adding the boiler lagging and moving the boiler to its final position
Another view as the lagging progresses along the boiler
and the firebox external sheeting is trial fitted 
Inside the smoke box, the 36 bolts securing the smoke box to the saddle are drilled, reamed and fitted. Note the old studs protruding from the smoke box door which until recently held the life expired smoke box door liner. These will be replaced in readiness to receive......
the new door liner and deflector plate seen here in the final stages of assembly

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th January 2014 - Tyseley Locomotive Works

After initial fitting of the boiler, 7822 is moved under cover inside Tyseley Locomotive Works.
Disturbed by the shunting movement, one of the gnomes of Tyseley appears at the fire hole
before entertaining the volunteers with some ash pan antics!!!!
Attention is given to the cab window frame brass work which has not seen a tin of Brasso for nine years
The fall plate, which bridges the gap between engine and tender, receives some remedial work with the addition of a rubbing strip