90 This Year!

According to 44422’s record card it was built (more likely completed) on the 7th October 1927 which makes it 90 years old this year.

It was built at a cost of £3,217 and with tender number 3459 which cost £1,000.

It was given a life span of 45 years (until 1972) so in October it will have done double the years expected of it in 1927.

As can be seen from the links below from the http://www.wsr.org.uk 44422 is still going strong and doing what it was built for all those years ago – hauling trains.

LMS 0-6-0 NO 44422 WITH THE SANTA EXPRESS AT KER MOOR ON 22 DECEMBER 2016.

LMS 0-6-0 NO 44422 WITH THE SANTA EXPRESS AT KER MOOR ON 22 DECEMBER 2016 WITH DUNSTER CASTLE IN THE BACKGROUND

LMS 0-6-0 NO 44422 WITH A MINEHEAD TO WILLITON SANTA EXPRESS AT WATCHET STATION ON 23 DECEMBER 2016.

LMS 0-6-0 NO 44422 WITH AN UP TRAIN AT HELWELL BAY ON 28 DECEMBER 2016.

LMS 0-6-0 NO 44422 WITH AN UP TRAIN NEAR BICKNOLLER BRIDGE ON 28 DECEMBER 2016.

LMS 0-6-0 NO 44422 APPROACHING LEIGHWOOD CROSSING ON 28 DECEMBER 2016.

ALMOST A SDJR SCENE – LMS 0-6-0 NO 44422 AT WASHFORD ON 30 DECEMBER 2016.

ITS DUTIES FOR 2016 ALL COMPLETED, LMS 0-6-0 NO 44422 STANDS AT MINEHEAD ON 31 DECEMBER 2016.

 

 

Autumn Update

The Autumn Gala on the West Somerset Railway  took place from the 6th – 9th of October.

44422 was rostered and did at leat one round trip per day of the gala.

A selection of photos from the gala

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The loco has covered over 5000 miles since arriving at Minehead in March.

Some mechanical work is scheduled to be carried out over the winter period which will include some or all of the items below :

 Drop grate.

 Cylinder liners and piston refurbishment.

 Slide bar alignment.

Axlebox attention.

How much of this gets done will depend upon the total work programme that the WSR loco department will have to undertake over the winter period.

Pictures from the WSR website. http://www.wsr.org.uk

LMS 4F 0-6-0 NO 44422 BETWEEN WOOLSTON BRIDGE AND COTTIFORD BRIDGE ON 11 OCTOBER 2016.

 LMS 4F 0-6-0 NO 44422 HAS JUST BEEN TURNED AT MINEHEAD ON 5 OCTOBER 2016.

LMS 4F 0-6-0 NO 44422 LEADS THE QUANTOCK BELLE AWAY FROM BLUE ANCHOR ON 2 OCTOBER 2016.

STARTING THE CLIMB TO CROWCOMBE, LMS 4F 0-6-0 NO 44422 IS SEEN AT WILLITON BRIDGE ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

 

July Update

44422 continues to perform on the West Somerset Railway with a regular round trip from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead.

Since its arrival in March it has travelled around 2000 miles with just a few minor repairs and washouts.

Just a couple of pictures of 44422 on the http://www.wsr.org.uk website.

LMS 4F 0-6-0 NO 44422 APPROACHING BLUE ANCHOR STATION ON 5 JULY 2016.

LMS 4F 0-6-0 NO 44422 IN THE SHED AT MINEHEAD ON 20 JULY 2016.

If you have any photos of 44422 and you would like to see them on this website please email them to info@44422.co.uk

June Update

44422 has been re-invigorated by the fitting of a full set of superheater elements and has been used on a regular basis with a 6 coach load between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard.

On going work by the engineering department at Minehead has seen a great improvement in the mechanical condition of the loco plus the attentions of the cleaning gang has improved its appearance considerably.

Links below to photos from the wsr.org website.

25th May

Cleaning in progress

4th June (1)

4th June (2)

4th June (3)

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WSR Update

Following the successful gala in March 44422 has been used on several occasions.

On the 17th of April it was used on the dining train and on the 21st April on a service train.

Click on links for photos

http://www.wsr.org.uk/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?h=Snapshot&p=2016/04/129

http://www.wsr.org.uk/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?h=Snapshot&p=2016/04/158

New superheater elements have been ordered and are due to be delivered in the next few weeks. When these are fitted, it will bring the loco up to its full compliment of 21 elements. It is running with rather less than that number at the moment.

Other repairs have been completed including adjusting the cylinder drain cock operating rodding so that all four open and close properly. One drain cock had not been closing properly for some time.

One set of piston packings have been replaced and the other side will be done shortly.

As can be seen in the photo on the 21st of April the engine is now looking very steam tight.

West Somerset Railway Gala

After the locos arrival from Crewe, 44422’s tender underwent some repairs to stop several water leaks in the tender. The tender had been standing outside of nearly a year so some repairs were expected.

The loco had not moved under is own power (apart from a few short runs at Crewe minus the tender) since June 2013 so it also required some minor attention before it could be used for the gala.

The weekend of the 5th and 6th of March was the event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Somerset and Dorset Railway and the 10th – 13th March was West Somerset Railway’s Spring Gala.

44422 was in traffic for all the days usually double headed with various other locos which were common on the Somerset & Dorset.

On the Wednesday, a non gala day, 44422 did one return trip solo from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead with a return trip from Minehead to Williton in between.

Despite a superheater element failing on the Saturday the 12th of March, which the WSR staff at Minehead manage to fix in between trains so that 44422 did not miss a rostered train, the loco performed faultlessly and certainly looked the part double headed with the 7Fs and Bullied pacifics.

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Below are links to the  www.wsr.org.uk website showing a selection of photos. Other photos of 44422 are available on the website.

SDJR 0-6-0 no 44422 and SDJR 2-8-0 no 53809 at Waterdene on 6 March 2016.

LMS 4F 0-6-0 no 44422 with the Up goods at Ker Moor on 10 March LMS

LMS 0-6-0 no 44422 and SDJR 7F 2-8-0 no 53809 on shed at Minehead on 12 March 2016.

LMS 8F 2-8-0 no 48624 and LMS 0-6-0 no 44422 at Minehead on 12 March 2016.

LMS 0-6-0 no 44422 and SR Light Pacific 4-6-2 no 34070 Manston head away from Williton on 12 March 2016

LMS 4F 0-6-0 no 44422 shunting Dunster Yard on 13 March 2016.