752 Passes Steam Test

Locomotive No.752 passed its final boiler inspection this afternoon (16/12/19). Having been signed off the locomotive was coupled to a rake of coaches for a brakes test. Work to weigh the locomotive will proceed prior to running in on the East Lancashire Railway.

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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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 bogies 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. Currently (November 2019) it is hoped that replacement of the 16 auxiliary coil springs will be the answer, it being believed that the leaf springs are satisfactory.

Copies of the original L&YR general arrangement drawings of the bogies were obtained earlier in 2019 via the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society and it is believed that more detailed drawings are held at the National Railway Museum. in the meantime a number of the auxiliary coil springs are to be removed for testing, being temporarily replaced with steel tube. Examples of the auxiliary coil and leaf springs can be seen below, these 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 filming

Our six-wheel carriages 279 and 1507 together with the Bogie Brake 1474 were used under a contract with a production company NETFLIX.
This is for a forthcoming film covering the formation of the English Football League, a six-part drama ‘The English Game’ which will start broadcasting on NETFLIX TV in 2020.

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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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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