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.
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
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)
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
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 :
Cylinder liners and piston refurbishment.
Slide bar alignment.
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
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.
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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.
Cleaning in progress
4th June (1)
4th June (2)
4th June (3)
4th June (4)
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
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.