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WD Overhaul Update

22nd December 2016

Some pictures of the Cab going back on the WD.

The last picture in this set is of the four new replacement piston valve liners that have been machined by Riley & Son (E) Ltd at their new Works in Heywood, Lancashire, and with the liquid nitrogen supplier on standby, they are scheduled to be fitted in the first week of January.

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WD Overhaul Update

19th December 2016

Pics attached showing the boiler cladding almost complete, the "front end" with painted buffer beam and buffers, a pile of lovely new copper pipes ready to be installed and the cab, after some judicious welding on some of the wasted areas.

Photos Courtesy of Neil Sharpe

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WD Overhaul Update

5th December 2016

The first Photo is the piston valve cylinder with the lining removed. The new linings are currently being machined at Rileys of Bury and following this will be installed, being shrunk with liquid nitrogen to form an "expansion fit".

The other two show the progress of the boiler fittings and the cladding.

Photos Courtesy of Neil Sharpe & Bryan Toovey

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WD Overhaul Update

14th November 2016

The WD makes steady progress with the boiler fittings now all in place and the first part of the boiler cladding completed.

Additional images added 25/11/16

Pictures Courtesy of Neil Sharpe

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WD Overhaul Update

7th November 2016

Tender Frame Progression...

Thanks Joe Issitt for pictures and the work, plus his team Mike Fuller, Oliver Oakman, Mark Powley, Adam 'Sidney' Sanders, Phil Graveling, JHCF team Peter Bedell, Pete Turl, Mick Phillips, Harry Hammond, Bernard Clark, and Nigel Scarlett. Looking great, another step closer.

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Society Lorry receives a new Paint Job

4th November 2016

The Society lorry after its new "paint job" leaves the Carriage & Wagon Shop and prepares for its journey to Holt. It will stay in the garage there until the start of the 2017 season and during that time will receive an engine service, ready for any jobs we may have for it in 2017.

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WD Overhaul Update

1st November 2016

Latest progress in the WD overhaul is the commencement of fitting the inner boiler cladding and the fitting of the injectors. The pictures show the first piece of cladding fitted, the left hand injector in place and the right hand injector all ready to go on.

AGM Minutes

14th October 2016

Minutes from the Society's AGM on 16 July 2016 can be viewed here. These will be presented for approval by members at the AGM in July next year.

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WD Overhaul Press Release

5th October 2016

Iron Horse back in the saddle

Over 350 members and shareholders had a special treat at an event held for them on October 1st at the North Norfolk Railway.

Visitors to the railway's Weybourne workshops were delighted to see the M&GN Society's "Iron Horse", War Department 2-10-0 locomotive 90775 boiler reunited with its chassis and wheels – a visual milestone in the process of the loco's expected return to service early next year in time for the start of the 2017 season.

Society Chairman, Neil Sharpe, said "Trustees and members are really pleased with the progress being made. The "Iron horse" really is back in the saddle." The Society awarded the contract for the locomotive's overhaul to the recently established engineering division of the North Norfolk Railway which has received considerable investment from the Railway in new facilities and expertise to enable the complete overhaul of locomotives without the need to send them away. It can also undertake work for other heritage lines and locomotive owners.

The work on the WD included the complete refurbishment of the horn guides, axle boxes and wheel sets. Optical alignment equipment was used to ensure the accuracy of these components and complex plate renewals were done in the new boiler shop. Following the successful steam test earlier in the month, the boiler was reunited with the loco chassis in late September. This is a major step in the completion of the overhaul.

Mr Sharpe said "The Members and Shareholders Day" was a huge success giving visitors a wonderful opportunity to see the railway at work and what goes on behind the scenes to make the operation of the railway so successful. The opportunity to see the newly 'mated' boiler and chassis was an added bonus and whetted appetites for its return to service in 2017."

Trevor Eady General Manager added the WD is the first complete locomotive overhaul to be processed by the newly established department at the North Norfolk Railway. Our staff have demonstrated the capabilities of the new facility which now has a growing order book for overhaul works including some from Europe.

Please click here for the official PDF.

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WD Overhaul Update

25th September 2016

The large leak at the front of the tender body of the WD has now been plugged.

Additional images added of the boiler being fitted to the chassis.

Photo Courtesy of Nigel Scarlett.

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M&GN No.129 Update

22nd September 2016

The 129 replacement chassis has had all the axle boxes fitted and all the "W" irons fitted but await final alignment and tightening.

Photos Courtesy of Nigel Scarlett.

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WD Overhaul Update

16th September 2016

Having passed its hydraulic test the previous week, the WD boiler was successfully steam tested out of frames on Tuesday 13th September to the satisfaction of our Insurance Company Inspector who was in attendance.

Steam pressure was slowly raised to full working pressure and held at 225 psi for well over two hours.

This now paves the way for the boiler to be trial fitted back in the frames to allow the new ashpan to be checked for clearance for the damper and hopper operating gear, and for the new smokebox to be finally aligned ahead of welding to the boiler barrel.

This is a significant mile stone in the overhaul and should now see the boiler finally back in the frames shortly and the steam fittings being re-mounted.

1st October Members Day Timetable

14th September 2016

A timetable for the day's services is available for download here.

Members and Shareholders Day Saturday 1st October

Over the weekend we are pleased to be holding the annual carriage convention, we are going to try and run as much rolling stock as we possibly can. To achieve this, there is going to be quiet an intense service and as well as coaches to travel in, there will also be demonstration goods trains.

The popular shed tours will be taking place at Weybourne, with the new boiler shop and hopefully the usual excellent displays put on to show you the type of work they do. Also the Weybourne Book shop will be open.

At Holt the museum will be open and hopefully the M&GN lorry will have received its authentic M&GN re paint and be on display for the first time.

To make the journey between stations more enjoyable than usual, come and visit the Society trustees in the Gresley buffet where there will be the usual supply of refreshments and real ale.

Also available is Drive for a Fiver at Sheringham from platform 2 to the signal box and back.

We look forward to seeing you on the 1st October.

You must go to any booking office and show your membership/shareholders badge to get the free travel ticket.

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WD Overhaul Update

9th September 2016

A first fire went in 90775 today to warm and cook the plates. Dome cover left off at this point but if all well then it's close up and go for a preliminary steam squeeze.

Photo Courtesy of Nathan Wilson

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WD Overhaul Update

17th August 2016

WD Progress... The second wheelset is in the lathe getting turned. Also the tender is currently getting prepared for the repair work.

Photos Courtesy of Nigel Scarlett.

Joint Line Magazine

16th June 2016

All copies of Joint Line 170 will be posted out to members by Monday, 13 June. With it is the Annual General Meeting 12-page booklet. Due to an error, insufficient copies of the AGM material were available so a small number of members will be receiving a photocopied version with the journal. The Society would like to apologise unreservedly for this but it is important the documentation is sent out in a timely fashion thus making a printer's reprint of the material impractical.

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K2 Lorry Garage

6th June 2016

It's not just Locos... here is the new Garage for the K2 Lorry, as well as to store some of our other items. Images by Neil Sharp & Tony Dewey.

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Golden Spike

6th June 2016

Driven on 3rd April 1883, just south of Aylsham and completed the line from Lynn to Yarmouth. This joined up the various railways as engraved:- the Peterborough, Wisbeach & Sutton, the Lynn & Fakenham, the Yarmouth & North Norfolk and the Yarmouth Union. According to the Ronald H Clark book A Short History of the Midland &Great Northern Joint Railway (p51), the spike was ceremonially driven in by William Marriott, later recovered, gold plated and engraved, then passed to the Railways builders, Wilkinson & Jarvis. The other 2 sides of the spike are engraved Wilkinson & Jarvis. Civil Engineers on one and Eastern & Midlands Railway Labor Omnia Vincet on the other (Latin tag translates as Work will conquer all)

The spike appears to have been in the hands of a private collector for the last 50 years, before we acquired it at auction on 4 June 2016.

Please note that the spelling Wisbeach is as it used to be, before the spelling became what it is today (probably another M&GN name change, like Sherringham and Bourn) The spike will be on Museum display later today. (Sunday 5 June).

Thanks to the five donors who gave specifically towards the purchase of this unique item.

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B12 Update

30th May 2016

For those who have been asking.. some pictures of the B12 being re-finished by Ian Hewitt and his team at Heritage Painting. Pictures 1 to 6 from Neil Sharp and images 7 to 11 from Heritage Painting.

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Wissington Update

21st April 2016

Wissington has moved on hire to the Nene Valley Railway to take part in their Small Engines Gala over this next week end (23rd/24 April), and today she under went her steam check test examination which went successfully.

Her visit will be unique opportunity for her to be seen with class mate Derek Crouch.

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WD Overhaul Update

1st April 2016

Engine now fully re-wheeled and back down ready for suspension to be reassembled. Good progress is being made with the assembly of the Ikea flat pack ash pan which is being assembled with the assistance of the arc welder.

B12 Update

1st April 2016

The crack in the bogie frame has been gouged out and welded . The bogie horn guides have been removed progressively Set up on the milling machine to have their slide faces milled true and flat once again. Once this has been completed then they can be refitted and the slots in the frames heated and jacked back to parallel.

The bogie transverse slide faces are being plated to recover the effects of years of wear and tear and to restore the slides thickness. New bronze slipper plates will be finally fitted to the bogie stretcher once the steel plating work has been completed on the centre slide block.

Both sets of bogie wheels have had their tyres turned and profiles machined.

The work to overhaul the expansion link and fit new die blocks has been presented with some challenges following the heat treatment process to re-case harden the links. Due to the exact metallurgy of the steel not being known it was not possible to harden them by the nitrating process so conventional higher temperature methods had to be used which has caused some slight distortion. This is measured in tens of thousandths of an inch, but has meant that further visits have had to be made to Bedestone Engineering Works to discuss and agree the optimum setup for the final grinding, all of which has added time to the job.

New piston rings are on order following the valve and piston exam.

Y14 Update

1st April 2016

What a little gem she is turning into. Following last year's trials and tribulations and the fine tuning work that was carried out, she has now found herself and all the benefits of the engineering work under a ken as a part of her comprehensive overhaul are starting to pay dividends.

Her load hauling capabilities have been restored and indeed I don't think we have reached her potential yet as she has already shown to be comfortable with five coaches and a van. She is steaming like a witch and when just cracked into second valve on the regulator, romps up our 1 in 80 inclines.

Just a couple of little tasks now outstanding, namely to replace once again the piston rod gland packings as these are still not fully steam tight, and to fettle the cones into the right hand injector out to 9 mm to match the previously adjusted size of the left hand injector.

Hopefully we can sit back and just enjoy seeing her regularly at the front of service trains this year.

Wissington

1st April 2016

She us due to go off towards the middle of this month to the Nene Valley Railway for a few weeks and to feature in their small engine Gala very the weekend of the 23/24 April before returning to the MSLR for her usual summer season.

Easyfundraising Scheme

1st March 2016

Last year we told you that the Society was registered as a suitable cause under the Easyfundraising scheme. Many thanks to those of you who have signed up with the scheme - the Society had already earned £90 by the end of February through the 22 of you who support us in this way.

If anyone else is interested in supporting the Society this way, please have a look at this Link.

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WD Overhaul Update

11th February 2016

Just a few photos of WD now with its wheels under.

The defective drive axle box is being white metalled as I write. Once done, hopefully tomorrow, we can start to put it down on its springs. Its now all systems go to get it back together. With the horn guides now back to manufacturers thickness, all of the motion will require completely re-fitting.

Feel free to make your donations using the Iron Horse Appeal form or to buy things from our ebay shop (including a lovely pen!), sales of donated items go to the Iron Horse Appeal.

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HRA Awards

8th February 2016

The Society came runner up in the HRA loco restoration John Coiley award with our Y14.

Keith Ashford was present at the awards ceremony and told me it was a superb evening and he was proud to be part of it, representing the Society.

The Society is extremely pleased with the result and would like to thank the anonymous person or persons who nominated the locomotive for this prestigious award.

The award was presented by Mark Garnish PM for Wyre Forest. He was guest of honour at them event and made a very good opening speak ahead if the main event.

He has served on the influential Treasury Select Committee and on ahead number of All Party Parliamentary Groups, including most notably Heritage Railways, of which he is Chairman.


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The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society is the supporting charity of (and major shareholder in) the North Norfolk Railway, which operates a 5¼ mile heritage railway from Sheringham to Holt.

The Society actively works to preserve, display and operate a wide range of historical artefacts which include four steam locomotives and many unique carriages and wagons.

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