Wadebridge Report

The loco performed well and has clocked up over 50 steaming days so far the year. With visits to the Seven Valley Railway and Ruddington on the Great Central Railway. The only problem was the grate.

New Tender

The new tender axle boxes and the new horn guides have been partially machined at Ropley works and are being trial fitted to the tender frames. We have recently discovered that one of the new vacuum cylinders that we bought about 15 years ago has had a poor repair carried out to the centre boss for the piston rod. We suspect that the boss broke off when the casting was being machined during manufacture and was then welded back on so now it is out of line with the piston head, We now have to decide if it is repairable or we will need to source a replacement.

Drilling the Horn Guide Holes
Drilling the Horn Guide Holes

Wadebridge on theSevern Valley Railway

Follow link to see Paul Gildersleve's photographs of Wadebridge on the Severn Valley Railway

Wadebridge Loco News

Wadebridge has returned home to the Mid Hants Railway from a run on the Great Central Railway Northern section which was organized at short notice due to their booked loco failing with boiler problems shortly after returning from the Severn Valley Railway We are now turning our attention to the overhaul when the boiler certificate runs out in 2016, to that end we have in conjunction with 92 Squadron group and the Swanage loco group had the steel cut out to make the new ash pans as we are changing to the rebuilt type ash pans and grate thus making the loco easier to manage.

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Wadebridge Loco News

Wadebridge is being prepared for the trip to the Severn Valley Railway at moment and will move by road next week. The tender which is on loan from Canadian Pacific has now been repaired following a minor bump on the Sunday of the Mid Hants Gala when Wadebridge got stuck on greasy rails coming out of Alton and the loco sent to rescue it was unable to stop and it slid in to the tender.

Tender axle box underkeep
Tender axle box underkeep
Tender Horn guides Tender Axle Box
Tender Horn guides Tender Axle Box

We have made a big leap forward on our new tender with the decision to send the tender frame up to the Boro' Foundry's machine shop in Stourbridge to have the axle cut outs machined this will save 6 months of work doing the job by hand. click the link to take you to the MHR web site to see the photos of the machining under way. Dave the MHR machinist is making excellent progress machining the axle box components and also the new horn guides

Wadebridge Loco News

Wadebridge is booked to go to the Severn Valley Railway for their Spring Gala weekend on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of March 2013.