|Volunteers working on 25's boiler, note the access staging|
Locos are coming out of traffic in quick succession, n.os 23 & 1638 have both been withdrawn from service upon expiry of their boiler tickets. This has reduced the pool of 'Class 5' locos quite substantially (the K&ESR rates locos according to how many MK1 carriages they can pull). With 6619 due out at the end of the year this will present challenges in 2015. However we're always up for a challenge!
So without further hesitation, deviation or repetition let's see what's been happening.
|Volunteer setting up a spring bush for machining|
|Removing rivet heads, with a powered chisel|
|DS238 brought 'back down to earth'|
|1638's boiler, lifted from the frames by the steam crane|
In the works / news from Rolvenden
32670 Bodiam: Available for service.
32678 Knowle: Available for service.
|P Class awaiting attention|
23 Holman F Stephens: Suffered a failure in service which lead to an early withdrawal for overhaul (only a week!). The current plan is to store n.o 23 until other overhauls are completed. During November the Saturday Gang will be stripping n.o 23 and preparing for her for storage. All the components such as ejectors, gauges, piping etc will be placed into secure storage.
|6619 shortly before works completed|