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.

 

44422 Moves to the West Somerset Railway

On Tuesday the 16th of February, 44422 moved by road form LNWR Heritage, based at Crewe Heritage Centre, down to Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway’

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44422 on the trailer and ready to go. Photo Phil O’Ryan

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Leaving Crewe Heritage Centre Photo Phil O’Ryan

Below are links to the http://www.wsr.org.uk site showing 44422 on the M5 and moving to Minehead.

Southbound on the M5

Travelling from Bishops Lydeard with 80072

44422 and 80072 at Minehead

44422 at Minehead

 

Boiler Overhaul – COMPLETE 09/02/16

Following an intensive 11 months by LNWR Heritage Co Ltd at Crewe the loco moved under its own power this afternoon.

A warming fire was put in on Monday night and following a few teething problems this morning a fire was put in after lunch and steam raised.

Checks were carried out and the safety valves set followed by a couple of gentle trundles up and down in the yard at Crewe with the diesel shunter attached for braking.

A few very few minor jobs need attending to and the boiler surveyor will give the boiler his final exam tomorrow (10/02/16) and then the engine will be ready for its transport down to Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway.

Transport has been arranged for the Monday the 15th so if you are travelling on the M6 Monday/Tuesday your may well see 44422 in transit.

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Progress On re-assembly 28/01/16

Apologies for the loss of some pictures from previous posts.

Progress on re-assembly of 44422 has been rapid at Crewe.

All boiler fittings have have been re-united with the boiler and as can be seen from the photo the loco is currently a cabriolet version of a 4F at the moment. Minor repair work has been carried out on the cab roof and the inside will be painted with a fresh coat of paint before being put back on.

The loco has a new set of gauge frames (these show how much water is in the boiler).

The chimney needs some attention and is nearing the end of its life but will be okay for the immediate future. Plans are in hand to have a new one cast.

The superheater header and the superheater elements need fitting followed by the main steam pipes and then the new blast pipe base which has arrived back from the West Somerset Railway following machine.

Statutory Steam Test 07/01/16

Statutory steam test today and 44422 passed with no problems.

The boiler will be put inside and painted with heat resistant paint and when dry the ceramic lagging will be fitted and the cladding then the boiler will be craned into the chassis hopefully next week.

When back in, all the pipework and the rest of the boiler fittings will need fitting and testing. The next milestone will be the steaming of the boiler when the loco is back together and a gentle run up and down the yard at Crewe to make sure all is ok before its transport down to Somerset.

Photos taken by Phil O’Ryan

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Steam test in progress

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Safety valve blowing of at 175 lbs per sq in which is its working pressure

 

 

Boiler Overhaul 05/01/16

The boiler was having a preliminary steam test today in preparation of the statutory steam test on Thursday the 7th January.

At the time the photos were taken the boiler had been gradually bought up to 60 lbs per sq in and as can be seen from the chimney a fresh round of coal had just been put on.

Anybody shopping at Tesco Crewe this morning will have benefited from the sight and smell of an engine under test!

The chassis has been brought inside to carry out work to enable the boiler to be reunited once it has passed the steam test. All the crinolines have been overhauled and the cladding has been checked over and repaired where necessary. All the pipework which is fixed to the boiler and under the lagging has also been fitted.

The plan is to have the engine completed and ready to travel to the West Somerset Railway in mid February where it will be re-united with its tender and the steamed down from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead.