Dinmore Manor - 3850

Dinmore Manor - 3850

Monday, 14 March 2016

Club 3850

There has been a recent unwelcome discovery in the dismantling of 3850 as part of her 10 year overhaul.  Her cylinder block has turned out to have a substantial crack, from top to bottom. 
3850's cylinder block
Close up view of the crack
At the time of writing, it is not known whether or not the cylinder block is repairable, or if we need to get a new one cast.  Until we lift the boiler and can  remove the cylinder block, we won't be able to examine it properly and form an opinion.  Regardless, the overhaul of 3850 will not be cheap.   In order to meet the cost of the overhaul, including dealing with the crack in the cylinder block, Dinmore Manor Locomotive LTD has commenced a fund raising campaign, which will include Club 3850:

 You will notice that Club 3850 includes for the Gold level members, amongst other enticements, a 1 hour helicopter flight over the GWSR following either Dinmore Manor, or when she is back in traffic, 3850. 

The first Club 3850 member, Ian Shapter took his helicopter flight on Friday 11th March, I went along to record the event for posterity...  it's a tough job, but somebody has got to do it.

Should you be tempted to take the plunge and become a 3850 club gold member, an interesting idea might well be to book your helicopter flight on one of the days of the GWSR's "Cotswold Festival of Steam" gala on the late May bank holiday weekend (May 28th - 30th), when we will have up to 8 locomotives in steam, not just Dinmore Manor, but newly restored Bulleid Merchant Navy class, 35006, Peninsular and Oriental S.N. Co as well as 3 guest locos, including BR Standard 9F, 92214.

I can vouch first hand that the 1 hour flight is a truly memorable experience, certainly one that I won't forget in a hurry.
Ian Shapter (l) with our pilot, Lee.
On the short flight from Staverton airport to the GWSR
Dinmore Manor waiting for us at Winchcombe
Entering Greet tunnel...
...and emerging into the sunshine.
Passing Gretton
Steaming past Far Stanley...
...and into Dixton cutting
Pausing at Gotherington station
Looking like she is on double track mainline at Gotherington loop
Heading towards Bishops Cleeve
Passing through Bishops Cleeve
Approaching Cheltenham Race Course
The crew & attendees of the DMLL shareholders day waving at us.
The most important bit of course is how can you help?  Joining DMLL as a working volunteer will always be welcome. Details of how to do that can be found by clicking here. For those who live further away from our restoration base at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway or don't have enough free time to commit, then joining Club 3850 at one of the three levels will help us to return 3850 back to working order.  Please download, print and send off this application form:

Monday, 25 January 2016

3850 on the Great Central Railway

The stripping down of 3850 at Toddington has had to take a back seat to the winter maintenance programme for 7820, Dinmore Manor.  Come the first weekend of March, Dinmore Manor will be back in traffic on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, and our attention will be able to return to 3850.   As a brief interlude, I have been sent some slides of 3850 during a visit to the Great Central Railway in January 2011, taken by Ian Wright, which he has kindly agreed to allow us to reproduce here.

From 17th January 2011:

Departing Loughborough with a goods train
Departing Loughborough with a goods train
On Swithland Viaduct
On Swithland Viaduct
3850 with the windcutter rake, crossing small prairie, 5526 on an autocoach at Woodthorpe Bridge
3850 with the windcutter rake, crossing small prairie, 5526 on an autocoach at Woodthorpe Bridge
At Woodthorpe with a goods train

This second batch were taken on 26th January 2011:

With the freight train at Rothley
With the freight train at Rothley
At A6 Road Bridge
At Woodthorpe Bridge with the freight train
At Quorn Station
With 5526 at Quorn Station
This collection of slides provide a perfect illustration of 3850 at work in the preservation era, and Dinmore Manor Locomotive LTD would like to extend our thanks to Ian Wright for allowing us to reproduce these images here.  Hopefully it won't be too long before 3850 is back in steam again.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

The Quest for the Next Ten Years Commences

Well that was a fun 10 years, but in order to put in any more time in steam, 3850 needs to have a major overhaul.  This will necessitate removing the boiler from the frames and refurbishing it to a standard that will allow it to obtain a further 10 year ticket.  Needless to say there will be plenty of other jobs that will need to be attended to at the same time.

This post will cover the significant progress made in dismantling 3850 at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway since she came out of traffic at the end of September.

After a scrub up with a pressure washer, the first job was to remove the injectors, which were sent away for refurbishment.
Kenneth grappling with the driver's side injector
The pressure washer had cleaned the other side ok, but not this side
Nigel removed the fireman's side injector
After that it was a case of cleaning everything up for dispatch to be refurbished
The next target was to prepare the boiler for lifting, in broad brushstrokes, that included removing the backhead fittings, clack valves and feed pipes, the boiler cladding, lifting the cab roof, disconnecting the steam pipes, and removing the boiler mounting bolts at the smoke box end and the expansion plates at the firebox end.
Some cladding removed
Eleanor, removing the water gauge
Liam, working on removing the backhead cladding
Bottom half of the backhead cleared
Liam having just removed the sight feed lubricator
Meanwhile, Tom (l) and Ash got on with disconnecting the brake linkages
Simply removing bits is only half the battle, getting them cleaned, labelled, inspected and refurbished ready for refitting is vitally important.
Fireman's side on the left, driver's side on the right
Mike (l) and David, engrossed in cleaning and labelling part of the brake rigging
Not strictly speaking a requirement for lifting the boiler, the superheater elements and header have been removed.  The tubes will also be removed before the boiler lift.
Paul, loosening a superheater element.
The whistles needed removing before the cab roof could be lifted
Ian applies a little heat to encourage an injector feed pipe to separate from a clack valve
Mark (l) and Mike remove a cab window
Steve takes the window to be cleaned & labelled
Ten years out in the seaside air has taken its toll, and a few fixings needed some gentle encouragement to undo:
Mike gets persuasive with an angle grinder...
... and Rob needed to do the same too.
Extracting the superheater elements required some superhuman manpower, a rope and something akin to a tug of war ensued.
DMLL tug of war team in action
Jonathan (l) and Cliff at work on the smokebox saddle mounting bolts
It wasn't all hard work, Phil spotted a souvenir that he thought would look good on his living room wall.  Never fear, he didn't get far with it.
It wouldn't quite fit in his pocket