Behind the scenes at Bridgnorth
With no trains running for six weeks, there's lots to do at Bridgnorth to prepare our engines for a new season:
mechanical examinations on most of the running fleet locomotives. Each
day that a loco is used, the driver inspects it as part of his daily
preparation. At each boiler washout (normally
after 30 steamings), the loco has a more thorough examination (sometimes
referred to as a ‘W-exam’) carried out by an experienced member of the workforce. And then annually, it has a very thorough examination (a
bit like a car MOT test), which includes
items such as wheelset tyre measurements, examination of axlebox
lubrication systems and the clearances of coupling rods on the crankpins
which are checked to ensure they are within documented tolerances.
boiler insurance inspections on locomotives 75069, 43106, 7714, 1450
and 6960 are due to be carried out by external insurance inspectors.
This necessitates the boilers being drained
and washed out, with all of the washout plugs and mud-hole doors removed
for a cold exam, followed by an in-steam inspection.
- Pressure and vacuum gauges are removed for annual calibration testing and adjustment where necessary.
of valve & piston exam/overhaul on 1501. This also includes work on
the rods & motion, such as new side rod bushes.
work to address any reported faults or issues with individual
locomotive (items reported by drivers during daily inspections or found
during W-exams). In particular any faults
which have been deferred pending a longer window of opportunity in which
a repair can be carried out.
- Deep-cleaning of some of the less
accessible parts of locomotives, underneath
and in-between the frames.
Steam trains return on February 15th, and you can take a look behind the scenes for yourself at Open House Weekend on May 2nd & 3rd.
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