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 10 June 2014

Saturday 7th June 2014 - Midlands site

                                                        TENDER WORKING PARTY

    With the recent humid weather and rain, some much
needed gardening was undertaken to clear the prolific vegetation

                              Another casualty of the damp conditions was the gas cylinder trolley
                             where the base framework had corroded through - some TLC and
                                                   welding will soon restore it to service

    In amongst the gardening and equipment repairs, work continued
   on the tender brake gear as the adjusting screws were cleaned
 and dismantled for inspection

Sunday 1 June 2014

31st May 2014 - Midlands Site

                                    Hi folks - long time since we were in touch regarding
                                    Dinmore Manor's new tender but with the locomotive
                             now operational, attention has turned once again to the tender.

                                     A very stubborn pin on the intermediate brake beam had
                                     resisted previous attempts with a propane torch to free it
                                   and major surgery was required to remove the offending pin

 The thread was first cut off the pin and the shank was
   then drilled to leave a thin wall. The drilling produced
 a blind hole which allowed a punch to be inserted in
 the hole and a large 'knockometer' drove the pin out.
The remains of the two halves of the pin are seen
 alongside the link it once retained.

                                   The four pull rods are seen with the new pins inserted.
                                  The pins have been drilled with grease lubrication holes
                                                   to reduce wear and tear in service.

                                                              TO BE CONTINUED