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.

Wednesday 26 February 2014

22nd February 2014 - Toddington, GW Railway

   The race is now on to complete 7820 so that it is available to the
  Railway for the Cheltenham Gold Cup Event. Inside the smoke
     box, new ejector and blower pipes are being fashioned and fitted.
       The safety valve bonnet also requires some repairs and fitting to the
       boiler cladding. The red nameplate is fitted on the fireman's side
whilst the drivers side will have a black background

                                  Sunshine catches the new paintwork of 7820 as she stands
                              amongst the detritus inside Toddingtons covered accommodation.

Sunday 23 February 2014

19th to 22nd February 2014 - On the move

                                                      THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

Sunshine blessed the day when 7820 was scheduled to depart from Tyseley and
 pauses for a photo on the turntable

The track ramp is in place as 7820 eases gently onto the transporter

A winches eye view

                                                          On board the transporter

                                 During the final stages of loading, a problem was discovered
                                   with the transporter requiring the assisting of a mechanic

                                             Darkness fell before the problem was rectified


The driver ran out of hours on his tacho and 7820 was shunted to spent
another night at Tyseley
On Thursday 20th February 2014, 7820 arrived at Toddington and was unloaded
 in a brief spell of sunshine
Out in the yard on Saturday, 22nd February, the fitting of a host of
finishing parts is underway.

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Tuesday 18th February 2014 - Tyseley

      7820 stands in the yard at Tyseley ready to make the journey to
 the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway at Toddington

Friday & Saturday, 14th & 15th February 2014 - Tyseley Locomotive Works

                                                             IN THE WORKS

On the final weekend at Tyseley, members of the working party continue fitting the multitude of pipes, fittings and plating to the cab

                               In her new unlined black livery, 7820 is prepared to leave Tyseley
                                                                  for her new home

Final fitting out and steam testing will take place on the G-W
railway after which final lagging of steam pipes and covers
will be undertaken 
Smoke box door fitted, cab windows being installed - nearly ready to depart


                    Some of the working party members, without whose tireless efforts
                     weekend after weekend 7820 would not have reached this point in her
                    overhaul, gather in front of the engine with smiles all round.
                   Thanks also go to the staff of Tyseley Locomotive Works whose
                   friendship over the past months will be sorely missed.

Sunday 9 February 2014

Friday & Saturday, 7th and 8th February 2014.

                IN THE WORKS - The penultimate weekend

Tyseley's staff busy themselves fitting out the smoke box

The blast pipe and nozzle stand on a trolley in the foreground ready to be lifted
 into the smoke box

All the cladding now in place, the safety valve bonnet, whistles and feed pipe covers
 are the next items to be fitted
Work continues on the front end as the outside steam pipe joints are re-made
       One of the outside steam pipes now connected to the steam chest, saddle
          cladding in place and the snifting valve, hidden by the steam pipe, refitted.

Inside the smoke box, the regulator box, steam pipes from the regulator box to the
header, the superheater header, outside steam pipes from the header to the steam
 chest and the blastpipe have been installed
The joints on the superheater elements where they fit into the header are being cleaned

Preparation is made to install the superheater elements

Seen from the smoke box, four of the twelve superheater elements are ready to feed
 into the large boiler tubes

One by one the elements are fitted to the boiler
Meanwhile, rubbing down continues in readiness for painting

Saturday 1st February 2014 - Tyseley Locomotive Works

                                   IN THE WORKS

With most of the cladding now in place rubbing down of the undercoat is started as work continues on fitting out the footplate
The shoulder cladding on the firebox has not yet been fitted but the boiler barrel is complete and being rubbed down

Some filling work is still necessary on minor blemishes as the engine is prepared to return initially in black livery for the Gloucester/Warwickshire 'Back to Black' Gala in May 2014 when 7820 will be joined by her stable mate 3850

Cladding being fitted to the saddle casting as all the 1.1/8" smoke box saddle bolts (36 in all) have
                                                              been fitted and secured

Final fitting of the boiler expansion brackets involves some minor modifications undertaken by Tyseley Locomotive Works staff to ensure a perfect fit after the extensive replacement of the fire box plating

The superheater header undergoes a hydraulic test before it can be re-instated in the smoke box