February Roundup

Alright it’s been a while since we last posted an update. Behind the scenes things are progressing and we hope to tell and show you more in due course.

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a slight yet significant amendment to our website. Where formally you may have seen a PayPal button we have now signed up with Charity Checkout; a UK-based charity service providing a platform for secure and simple online donations. One of the many benefits of Charity Checkout is that now in choosing to donate online, you can make your contribution go further if you are a UK resident by selecting Gift Aid. Formerly, we could only accept Gift Aid contributions through our donation and standing order forms that required the donor to download, fill out and mail the completed form to us). PayPal simply didn’t provide the option for Gift Aid.

Of course the forms are still available through the links provided at the top of this page and at the bottom of the main site but if you would like to donate to this build online through a safe and easy system that also allows you to drive your donation further with Gift Aid, you can do ithere. The ‘Donate Online’ at the top of this page also provides convenient access.

Coverage of our stand at the London Model Engineering Exhibition at the Ally Pally was extensive. Coverage included the BBC radio, Steam Railway, a number of local newspapers and Old Glory magazine which provided this excellent coverage:

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If you have an passion for Britain’s rich industrial heritage encompassing steam powered traction engines, stationary steam engines, historic transport on land and water then we heartily recommend this magazine.

On the fabrication front we will soon commence the creation of the entire smokebox. Jamie Keyte and his crew have been tasked with this and has commenced the creation of 3D model of the faceplate, wrapper and angle irons. We’ve included the plan below.

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We are also investigated the fabrication of the bogie, which will constitute the most complicated fabrication thus far. The problem we face is that the plans we are in the process of sourcing from the NRM may not be complete and consequently we may not be able to locate the plans for the bogie wheels. All is not lost however as there is ample photographic evidence from which to construct plans and given the degree of standardisation employed by the LNWR, plans for other locomotives may indeed suffice.

We will keep you posted.

Smokebox door – nearing completion.

The Trust has just signed off on stage 3 of the smokebox door, which involves… Following this, there is one final stage in the completin of a smokebox door for a larger-boilered LNWR locomotive.

Smokebox door on display this Easter!

At last, the newly fabricated smokebox door will be on public display at the Great Central Railway’s ‘Easter Vintage Festival’, with the festivities taking place across the Easter long weekend from the 18th to 21st April and centred at Quorn Station.

There’ll be plenty for everyone – from steam-powered gallopers and a big wheel, traction engines, drays, steam powered farm equipment, live music, craft stalls, real food and real ale and of course timetabled steam-hauled rides along the GCR line with events at every station.

The LNWR George the Fifth Steam Locomotive Trust will be there from noon Friday and our stand replete with smokebox door – on public display for the very first time – will be adjacent to the “Edwardian Saw Bench” Steam Powered Wood Sawing demonstration at Quorn.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Festival website here. Note that parking at Quorn Station is strictly limited. We do hope that our supporters and followers can make it for an exciting and entertaining three days. Tell your friends, tell your family and we hope to see you there!

A fabrication update

A minor update here.  We thought our readers would like to see some photos of the smokebox wheel, handle and dart nearing completion.

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October Newsletter now available.

We’re now making our October Newsletter generally available to all to download. This was sent out to our supporters and friends in October. You will require Adobe reader installed to view the document. If you don’t have it installed (and most people do), you can download it for free here: Adobe Reader

Get your copy of the October Newsletter here:

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To view if you have Adobe Reader installed just left click on the link. If you wish to save it first, right click on the link and select ‘Saved Linked Content As’

 

Those ‘flimsy frames’?

2013? Hard to believe. We hope you are all well and wish you all the best for the coming year. We also hope to have some news for you in the coming weeks now that Christmas is out of the way.

In the meantime we’d like to bring an article written by Ted Talbot for the January edition of ‘Back Track‘ entitled “Centre Bearings, Weak Frames and all that” to your attention. It concerns the removal of the Centre Bearings and frames from LNWR engines, which was authorised in 1923 and had a deleterious effect on the reliability, maintenance costs etc of the engines. Ted’s article looks at the consequences, assesses the reputation that LNWR engines subsequently received, that of having ‘flimsy-frames’ (undeserved argues Ted) and the likely motivations of this removal (a decision emanating from the smoke-filled rooms of Crewe’s old rival, Derby perhaps?)

The Centre Bearing was a feature of LNWR engines employing Joy valve gear where the space on the driving axle typically occupied by the eccentrics driving the steam chests found with Stephensons gear was instead occupied by a centre bearing in addition to the axle box bearings, which served to lessen the fore & aft shocks on the crank axle. To illustrate what a Centre Bearing and frame was, Ted has kindly provided us with a photograph of between the frames on a 5in gauge model of a D class 0-8-0 (the unsuperheated Whale 0-8-0 with large boiler). Note the central plate or frame and the Central Bearing between the connecting rods and cranks. Note too that the steam-chest linkages to the con-rods known as the valve rods and the reverse gear linkages have been removed here for clarity.

We heartedly recommending Ted’s fascinating article. We also recommend the Back Track journal for anyone interested in the rich and endlessly fascinating history of Britain’s railways.

Into the Dawn

Into the Dawn by Grant ReganTo celebrate the launch of the Trust, member Grant Regan recently completed a painting of an unnamed George the Fifth on a morning express to symbolise the rebirth of the class. Over distant hills, the first rays of a new day are glimpsed. Titled ‘Into the Dawn‘ we hope that it conveys the spirit of the LNWR Georges and of the the ‘Premier Line‘, the London & North Western Railway.