Aug 26

No2 end nose and more bodywork

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The group conducted a working week end in which the other nose End was removed followed by the TMB. Work will now commence on cutting out the remains of the tin worm infested floor to enable it to be replaced. A photo also of the new fabricated boiler access step’s which have been tack welded in by our contractor. The other end is just about ready for the new floor . AB

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Jul 12

Bodywork Update

Not many photos from our last visit I’m afraid, but we’ve started descaling the bulkhead No1 end and No 2 end nose and Traction Motor Blower are ready to be lifted out the next time we’re down.

We’ve also had the bodywork contractors doing some work lately and here is a photo of the work done:

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Jun 02

41001 Lives!

One of our shed mates moved under their own power for the first time this weekend! Read the article and watch the excellent video here http://www.gcrn.co.uk/news/41001-lives/

We look forward to running top and tail with her very soon!

 

46010 News – we will be on site next weekend!

 

 

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Apr 21

Nose cones, grinders and an Easter bunny!

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These were taken 2 weeks ago but here is Andy B and Steve W with the needle gun and the first lot of paint going on (it’s only hammerite to protect the metalwork!)

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Andy B, Steve W and myself spent 2 days at Ruddington over the Bank holiday weekend. Steve W spent most of the 2 days cutting out the “bad” floor in No1 end. We were able to remove the nose cone off No 2 end, the Traction Motor Blower is ready to come out and the nose is a few bolts away from being lifted off. That will be the first thing

Last but not least…Phil S aka the Easter Bunny Rabbit.

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Mar 01

The nose is finally off!

Another successful and productive day in Ruddington, we’ve finally managed to get the nose off!

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Thanks to Mark Russell for the hand!

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Feb 07

The tanks are out!

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We’ve finally managed to get the air tanks out of No1 end nose!

What’s left isn’t pretty but once we’ve made the space to get to whats left of the floor and clean it out the bodywork contrators will be ready to make a template for a new floor! While the air tanks are out we’ll get them checked over before being put back in.

A very tiring but enjoyable day had by all – especially Andy B who did alot of the grinding!

More next month!

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Nov 18

Update – Traction Motor Blower, Cones and a stuck Nose.

In October with 3 of us on site, we removed the nose cones from No 1 end, we tried to remove the nose but found there are still some bolts holding the nose on so it stayed where it was for now.

We decided to remove the Traction Motor Blower for closer inspection while we had the crane out. This has been put on a pallet and stored inside until the next time we’re in Ruddington. This was the cause of the failure a few months ago.

46010 has now been drained, shes tarped up and has been secured for the Winter.

Thanks to Josh F and Mark R for a hand with the crane and Mark F and Pete B for a hand with the tarpaulins.

 

This weekend Andy B and Steve W were on site, looking to grind off the bolts holding the nose on and it looks like we may need to remove the two air tanks to get at 2 or 3 of them so we can get the nose off.

With the Santa season starting soon and 2 passed secondmen in the group, staffing these service trains will take priority so the job of removing the tanks and nose may have to wait until January.
Photos below from October.

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Oct 01

Radiator Grills

 

On Friday before the GCRN Gala we removed the Radiator Grills ready for the contractors to replace the corroded panel on the secondmans side (where the scaffold is).

We will prep them ready for repainting in the next few months.

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Progress is still being made away from the railway with the Limited Company setup, we now have the final pieces of paperwork ready to be proof read and signed. The next step is getting the company formed – finally!

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Sep 18

A new shed mate – Prototype HST 41001

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Prototype HST 41001 arrived at Ruddington today. Photos by Craig Simmons.

More details here - http://gcrn.co.uk/news/41001/#sthash.4xVLMFXS.dpbs

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Aug 17

Bodywork Progress

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A picture taken today shows the progress the contractors are making with the Peak.

Both cones and noses have been loosened and will be ready to be taken off the next time we’re down and have access to a fork lift truck!

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