The Steampunk Forum at Brass Goggles
November 30, 2020, 11:55:42 am *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: Support BrassGoggles! Donate once or $3/mo.
 See details here.
 
   Home   Blog Help Rules Login Register  
Pages: 1 2 3 [4]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Great Central Railway No.567; a New-Build 1890s Railway Locomotive  (Read 23301 times)
J. Wilhelm
╬ Admiral und Luftschiffengel ╬
Board Moderator
Immortal
**
United States United States


Sentisne fortunatum punkus? Veni. Diem meum comple


WWW
« Reply #75 on: June 18, 2020, 06:45:29 pm »

My Dear Monsieur Harrison -
thanks for keeping us up on this project, it is a rare treat and the dedication of the entire group is incredible!

I do have one dumb question - what fuel is to be used?  the high BTU but nasty coal, less nasty less polluting wood, or is it to be fitted to burn oil?

yhs
prof marvle

- but it was pointed out you could even just drop a lump of fissile material in her firebox and she'd steam merrily away, irradiating the landscape as she did so. 

That sounds like a splendid idea! Some people deploy nuclear powered missiles. And you can deploy nuclear powered locos! Both of them happily irradiating the landscape!  Grin
Logged

James Harrison
Immortal
**
England England


Bachelor of the Arts; Master of the Sciences


« Reply #76 on: July 11, 2020, 06:26:35 pm »

There's whisperings that some more parts now exist- albeit in timber rather than iron or steel- which suggests patternmaking in my opinion. 

Also, there may or may not be an opportunity to do some volunteering.  I've mentioned the tender before, which sits about a mile down the track and has trees growing out of it (the tank was converted to a sludge carrier and is completely shot).  One of the design team is making noises about needing gardeners to clean up around it so that the chassis and frames can be measured up for things like the steam heating pipes. 
Logged

Persons intending to travel by open carriage should select a seat with their backs to the engine, by which means they will avoid the ashes emitted therefrom, that in travelling generally, but particularly through the tunnels, prove a great annoyance; the carriage farthest from the engine will in consequence be found the most desirable.
James Harrison
Immortal
**
England England


Bachelor of the Arts; Master of the Sciences


« Reply #77 on: July 14, 2020, 07:58:59 pm »

The yearly newsletter from the GCR-RST landed on the doormat this morning.  There's a lot of good news regarding Barnums #228 and #695.  #228's bogies are well advanced and, when they return, #695's will go away for refurbishment.  Then the internal restoration and fit out of #228 can get on in earnest, followed by #695. 

The Trust are actively seeking partners to either restore or take on some of the carriages; the National Railway Museum have taken back their Barnum (#666) reducing those at Ruddington to three.  This last has been taken to Quorn on the Great Central Railway and is now listed for disposal.  The RST have regretfully taken the decision that they can't take it on. 

The second six-wheeler #373, has been costed for professional third-party restoration at somewhere between £130,000 and £170,000.

The pair of arc-roof suburbans are also in this list. 

That still leaves the three Barnums, restored six-wheeler #946, and a clerestory carriage as the Group's main goals.  Of which work is either planned or progressing on two, the third will be a repeat of those, the fourth is a completed project, and the last is the Chairman's stated favourite of them all. 

There are also discussions to get the collection under permanent cover.  Ruddington's Building 4a, a carriage workshop capable of holding four vehicles, is well advanced.  The Group also has ideas for a Building 1, a one-road small museum, and also raised is the possibility of a Building 8- a dedicated RST carriage shed for those waiting their turn in the works. 
Logged
James Harrison
Immortal
**
England England


Bachelor of the Arts; Master of the Sciences


« Reply #78 on: August 25, 2020, 05:12:51 pm »

Newsletter time from the 567 Group....

.... anybody want to sponsor a part of a wheel?  There are 40 spokes available at £150 each and 4 tyres at £1,800 a throw.  I think I might be able to stretch to one spoke, in about three months, if I am lucky.  These are for the 3'- someodd diameter bogie wheels, not the 6' 7" (or is it 6' 9"?) driving wheels.  Then there are still 18 sets of the nuts and bolts for the bogie hornblocks around at £30 each...

The workshops, thanks to the prevailing.... madness... have been closed since the middle of March.  Whilst that means that 'not much' has gone on with manufacturing, things have been progressing on the design front. 

A pattern for the bogie wheels has been made, the tyres have been ordered (but as noted above the Group are looking for sponsorshipto recoup the costs of those) and there is 'the prospect of cast assembled wheels by the end of the year'.  The completion of the bogie is getting nearer and is currently viewed as the 'prelude to a major initiative to raise the funds for the driving wheels'. 

The designs for the tender tank have been completed to a standard for manufacture.  The existing tender was converted to a sludge carrier and presently has trees growing around and out of it.  Whilst its chassis is salvageable the tank- the bit on top that carries the coal and water- is life expired. 

There's also some prgress with the valve motion, as the crosshead slippers have been whitemetalled and now wait for machining back at Ruddingtonwhen the workshops reopen. 

Basically we've got a substantial chunk of the bottom half of the loco being advanced.   

There's likely not going to be a jolly day out to Nottingham this year sadly, thanks to plague, the annual supporter's event is likely to be something livestreamed instead. 
Logged
James Harrison
Immortal
**
England England


Bachelor of the Arts; Master of the Sciences


« Reply #79 on: October 31, 2020, 02:07:11 pm »

I'm anticipating that at some point in the next month the Supporter's Day will take place, in some form or another- most likely a Zoom* conference call. 

*Other internet meeting services are available

Meantime....



The pattern for the 3' 6" bogie wheels has been shown off on the Group's Faceache page.  I've saved up enough to be able to sponsor one of the wheelspokes...
Logged
James Harrison
Immortal
**
England England


Bachelor of the Arts; Master of the Sciences


« Reply #80 on: November 24, 2020, 06:08:10 pm »

Virtual trip to Nottingham this Saturday for the AGM...
Logged
James Harrison
Immortal
**
England England


Bachelor of the Arts; Master of the Sciences


« Reply #81 on: November 25, 2020, 07:14:03 pm »

The pre-AGM newsletter has arrived....

We've got wheels!!!
3' 6" diameter 10-spoke leading bogie wheels.  Plus the axles are being machined.  Plus the tyres have arrived. 
Logged
James Harrison
Immortal
**
England England


Bachelor of the Arts; Master of the Sciences


« Reply #82 on: November 28, 2020, 04:13:23 pm »

The AGM was a little different obviously; the first time we've attended from the comfort of our own sitting rooms...

Progress;

Bogie wheels have been cast, bogie wheel tyres have been manufactured, bogie wheel axles have been machined.  Complete bogie wheelsets are anticipated at Ruddington in December, at which point it's a case of when the workshop reopens that dictates when the bogie is completed.

One very generous supporter has sponsored both the pattern for and the casting of the driving wheels (!)- which still leaves the axles, tyres and machining to be financed but means we can get those components sooner rather than later.  The trailing driving wheel axle is basically a repeat of the bogie axles however the leading driving wheel axle is the crank axle, which is basically a project just on its own as it will need to be built up from various castings and bars and obviously needs to be fully designed and whatnot as you really don't want it flying apart at speed

Plague this year basically means we've lost a year of volunteer and workshop time, so the focus has instead been on progressing with the design work and going out to industry to get components made (the bits that we can't make in house, basically).  Somewhere around 80% of the locomotive exists either in metal or as draft or approved drawings.

If anybody has a hankering to be on the first public train to be hauled by 567 you're advised to join up sooner rather than later as 196 of the 200 seats are now spoken for.... the goal is to to aim for a completion date in 6 to 8 years, sooner if possible.   
Logged
Pages: 1 2 3 [4]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.20 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.107 seconds with 16 queries.