The three engines are seen here lined up outside the station with the drizzle having stopped for a moment. The bright blue paintwork of "Achilles" does brighten the place up a bit though...
|"Friday Afternoon Line-Up"|
I was trying to work out in my head all of the work the engine has had done since I've had her. Ken made the engine to a good standard when she was new, but 25 years or so of sterling work had worn her out, that was all. So, here is the list:
- New connecting and coupling rod bushes
- New crossheads and little end bushes
- New whistle valve
- New steam pipe
- New rear axleboxes
- New pipework to and around double-acting water pump
- Full repaint into a new livery lined in white
- Service to handpump and axlepump
- Various seals, little jobs and light repairs
I may have forgotten a few things from the above list but those jobs certainly have been carried out. Naturally it has been done over the course of months as the bottom-end overhaul took place the winter before last in 2013, as documented on this blog. In 2014 we have of course done the full repaint as, again, documented on this blog. So, finally, BEFORE...
AFTER...I still have a few 'touching in' jobs to do as I said, as well as fitting the dummy whistle when I've finished doing some work to it. The engine is now in traffic as such, and is fit to run whenever required. I am hoping that it will run again at RPMR before the winter season but the locomotive will also, I hope, be attending the GEC Railway's Halloween run at the end of October. This is a fantastic event and is well worth a visit. Best of all, it is FREE, though donations are of course gratefully accepted. So, there you have it guys, the engine works. That's it, job done. Thank you so much for reading and thank you for following the engine on this blog. I am very pleased with the end result. Al the best, Sam...