January 2018 – Update

Following the work carried out on 44422 in June, it has been in regular use on service trains and footplate experiences and has run with no major problems.

At the end of the 2017 operating season the WSR decided to carry out some mechanical work. On inspection it was noticed that the loco tyres need turning back to the correct profile.

With the loco being an 0-6-0, hence without a leading pony truck or bogie, the front wheels “steer” the loco when running chimney first and this tends to wear the flanges. The loco and tender had new tyres in 2004 and 2007 respectively so there is plenty of life in them yet.

The loco was lifted on the 8th January so the wheels can be sent for turning in the near future.

Whilst the crank axle is away the big end crank pins will be re-ground to ensure that they are perfectly round as they are a bit worn and have not had full attention since there BR days.

Whilst the wheels are out of the loco the axleboxes can be checked and overhauled as necessary.

Pictures, with thanks to Colin Henderson, of the lift from the WSRA website below:

44422 Lift picture 1

44422 Lift picture 2

44422 lift picture 3

44422 lift picture 4

44422 lift picture 5

44422 lift picture 6

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Back in service

Following the WSR’s spring gala, 44422 was taken out of service for attention the valves and pistons.

Both needed new rings and these have now been fitted and the engine took out its first train following the repairs on the 22nd June.

LMS 0-6-0 NO 44422 SETTING OFF FROM MINEHEAD ON 22 JUNE 2017 WITH ITS FIRST TRIP AFTER VALVE AND PISTON WORK

 

 

 

 

44422 & 43924 @ the WSR Spring Gala

44422 and 43924 ran doubled headed on all the days of the West Somerset Spring Gala and together they were a great draw to visitors and photographers as this was the first time in preservation that two 4Fs have run together.

Unfortunately the week before the week before the gala the loco suffered problems with the valve rings. With such a short time before the gala the WSR engineers manged to get the loco running in time by completing a temporary repair.

The engine managed all its rostered turns, though sounding decidedly odd at times , until the Sunday afternoon when it was decided that the in the best interests of the engine to take it out of service for the rest of the day.

Since the gala the valves have been removed and a full set of valve rings have been ordered. Also, whilst the valves are out, the pistons will be removed and a new set of  piston rings will be ordered and fitted.

Since the loco arrived at the WSR in March 2015 it has run around 9000 miles so a new set of valve and piston rings are well deserved.

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Below are links to further pictures of the two locos and 44422 on service trains on its own from the wsr.org.uk website.

LMS 4F 0-6-0 nos 44422 and 43924 near Cottiford Bridge on 27 April 2017.

Nos 44422 and 43924 wait at Bishops Lydeard on 27 April 2017.

LMS 4Fs nos 43924 and 44422 at Westridge, Bishops Lydeard on 26 April 2017.

LMS 4F 0-6-0 no 44422 waits at Bishops Lydeard on 17 April 2017.

LMS 4F 0-6-0 no 44422 approaching Crowcombe Bridge

LMS 0-6-0 no 44422 steams away from Williton on 6 April 2017

 

 

West Somerset Railway Spring Gala

The WSR will be holding their spring gala from the 27th of April to the 30th of April.

44422 is scheduled to take part (check with the railway before visiting to ensure it is running on the day).

For the first time in preservation history double headed 4Fs will be possible with the visit of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway’s 4F 43924 for the gala.

44422 is the only left hand drive 4F in preservation. 43924 along with 44123 and 44027 are right hand drive.

43924 is the only Midland Railway 4F, the others being built by the London Midland and Scottish Railway.

44422 has undergone some”winter” maintenance over the closed season and is rostered to start off the 2017 season on the WSR with the 10:10 departure from Minehead on the 11th of March.

For those interested in seeing 44422 from the comfort of their own home, it can be seen on the Railcam website cameras at Minehead and Crowcombe Heathfield. (click here)

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