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 27 July 2014

Saturday 26th July 2014 - Midlands Site


Our gas cylinder trolley has completed is overhaul
 and is now resplendent in a coat of engine green

The three brake beams have been re-bushed where necessary
and friction washers added. These now require the top hat bushes
on the beam ends. Just another 12 bushes of the 70 plus 
                                              required to complete the brake rigging.

New pins and bushes for the brake hanger brackets

One of the heavy components of the brake rigging
is the weigh bar shaft which fits beneath the front
end of the tender. This shaft is in particularly poor condition
requiring sleeves on both ends and new bushes and pins.

                                      The removal of the old bushes where the beam connects
                                      to the pull rods and adjusting screws proved to be a lengthy
                                    task as in a previous life the bushes had been welded in place.
                                    Six hours on and a few choice expletives and the four bushes
                                    finally succumbed. The faces now require the weld removing
                                              and yet more bushes and friction washers made

The new pin in place that connects the shaft to the
vacuum piston rod 

and a new pin for the hand brake connection. The
corroded condition of the one end journal can also be seen.
That will have to wait for another day!