Brake 1474 – work on suspension

Bogie Brake 1474 has been the subject of investigation and repairs to the bogie springing during 2019. This has prevented its use in service trains but the Worth Valley agreed that it could be used for a filming contract (see news item Filming for NETFLIX) along with our 6-wheelers. The main issue is that 1474 rolls quite a bit when in use, probably indicating that there is weakness in the suspension almost certainly due to its age.

The bogie suspension consists of primary and secondary (or auxiliary) components. The primary suspension comprises large coil springs located in the central bolster, the secondary being the leaf springs located over each axlebox together with a pair of auxiliary coil springs located at the outer end of each leaf spring.
Much of the investigation work has taken place with the active co-operation of the Worth Valley’s Director of Engineering, the Worth Valley having responsibility for the safety of the carriages when in use.

January 2020 it’s been established that the auxiliary coil springs in the secondary suspension have insufficient strength so 16 replacements are now on order thanks to a very good response to a fundraising request, and there is also sufficient funding to cover replacement of the 16 securing tie bars and fittings. Copies of the original L&YR general arrangement drawings of the bogies were obtained in 2019 via the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society and it’s been found that the full specification for the replacement springs was detailed on the drawings. The material used over 100 years ago is now hard to obtain, so an alternative design has been established and approved by the Worth Valley’s Director of Engineering.

March 2020 saw some springs removed for testing and temporarily replaced with steel tube. Examples of the auxiliary coil and leaf springs can be seen below along with an example of the securing tie bolts. Just before the Coronavirus lockdown, new coil spring manufacture was completed and some fitted, then work had to stop. However it was possible capture some photos as below.

June 2020 has seen the resumption of work and the arrival of newly manufactured securing tie bolts and their associated fittings, see some photos below. The carriage has been relocated to the Worth Valley’s carriage and wagon workshop for final assembly to take place and for a detailed examination of the carriage involving lifting the body from the chassis, which might not have taken place for over 80 years.

The photos below are supplied by the Trust’s team of of Jim Hindle, David and Daniel Winters as well as Trustee Peter Eastham.
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Carriages in NETFLIX series

The 6-part series called ‘The English Game’ was released on March 20th and can be viewed on the NETFLIX TV channel.

Our six-wheel carriages 279 and 1507 together with the Bogie Brake 1474 were used under a contract with NETFLIX.
The series covers events that led to the introduction of professional players into English football in the Victorian era.

Our carriages were used with Coal Tank 1054 during May and July 2019, much of the filming being in Keighley station which was renamed Darwen for the purpose. Although Brake 1474 was not available for public service at the time, the Worth Valley had approved it for use in the filming, for which the brake compartment was modified by the fitting of wooden benches for a team to sit.

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March Steam Galas

The Worth Valley and East Lancashire railways held Steam Gala weekend events on 6th to 8th March, both of which were a success.

The Worth Valley Gala used only our Club Carriage 47 in one of the service trains – for operational reasons our 6-wheelers could not be used.
The East Lancashire Gala featured our loco 752 in the guise of 51456 on its first public service trains. Our Pug 19 has been temporarily relocated from the Ribble Steam Railway at Preston and was on static display in the guise of 51241.

Videos of the Galas can be found on our Video online web page, most of them from YouTube
Photos can be found on or Photos -stock in use web page, most of them from Flickr

752 can run under own steam

In the middle of October work on 752 was advanced such that it was able to move under its own steam in the yard of the ELR workshops at Baron Street, Bury. Much remained to be done on 752, for example it was running without the tank, but it is expected that this and the remaining reassembly and painting can progress such that trial running can start in early 2020.

There is likely to be a formal relaunch at Bury in 2020, details will be given to Trust members when known.

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Vintage Trains June and July 2019

Our 2 six-wheelers 279 and 1507 together with Club Carriage 47 were used for six Sundays between 9th June and 14th July 2019. This was during the period when Bogie Brake 1474 was not available for public service and its place was taken by a VCT Metropolitan carriage, with the Old Gentlemans Saloon bringing up the rear.
As usual, the carriages were very popular and sales of stock in the Club Carriage as well as donations raised valuable funds.

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L&YR Saloon 12 rescued

In the last ON TRUST we advised that we had inspected Saloon 12 which had been owned by the late Dave Lewis, which was for sale by his widow.  We had decided that we could not take on the project but a few months later there was a threat of destruction, so it has been rescued and put in safe storage pending looking for some charity or society who can take it on for full restoration.
Below is a photo of it in storage prior to being covered with a large waterproof cover.

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752 back on wheels

In recent months the trustees have accepted a proposal from the East Lancashire Railway regarding the accelerated reassembly of Saddletank 752 by their labour force at Bury.  Instead of the outer wheelsets being the subject to the same treatment as the centre wheelset by fitting of inserts, some basic repairs will be carried out which will take advantage of the adjustable spring hangers for generous donations were received in 2017.  There will also be some specialist professional boiler work to satisfy the ELR boiler insurance by replacing a series of tubes with ‘stay tubes’, which are of larger diameter and provide reinforcement.

The ELR were very pleased with the mechanical condition of the cylinders and motion when the chassis was reassembled and hope that 752 may be able to move under its own steam by the end of 2019.

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