Weekend Rails

what we do for our kids

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 01:00

Of casings and coolant

11th December 2011

So, a minute after eight on Monday morning I was back at Scunthorpe and there was the Hiab fitted lorry waiting to collect our bits. The operator was no stranger to preservation work and within ten minutes we were loading the first of the casing parts and within fifty minutes they were on their way to Sheffield, together with some other bits and bobs destined to get through to Rowsley.

Published in 2011 Oct-Dec
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 01:00

Of brackets and battery boxes

30th October 2011

A year ago, it would have take several weeks for us to produce a bracket. For once I had drawn it up and sent the drawings on to my profile supplier, gone up to collect them and dropped them off at my favourite fabricators, it might have been 2 weeks or more before they got around to assembling and we would not plan the day to go and fit until we knew they were ready.

Published in 2011 Oct-Dec
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 01:00

Of tanks and oils

8th January 2012

The Briddon clan saw in the New Year at my daughter’s in Darlington, and had a relaxing New Years Day, but by Monday Andrew was itching to get back to activity and we headed over to Scunthorpe. Object of the day primarily was “Beverley”, but while Andrew spent time on minor amendments to the supercharger/dynamo drive we reinstated the previous week I did some dimension checks on the 03 before joining him in the warm of the shed.

Published in 2012 Jan-Mar
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 01:00

Of specs and drills for free

22nd January 2012

I have spent that last few weeks struggling with close-up work because having lost of pair of glasses, the replacement pair I got from the opticians seemed to be “long range” rather than “close range” and I insist that this has been my problem in reading measurements when marking out tank tops. I went back to the opticians on Monday and after checking their records they admitted that I was indeed correct and the wrong spec had been ordered.

Published in 2012 Jan-Mar
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 01:00

Of days when nothing goes right

15th January 2012

According to the histories, Swindon added a massively heavy cast chimney to the front of their build 03s in order to achieve balance since the locos were front end light. This has never altogether rung true with me – for one thing putting a ballast weight on top of the casings requires a very substantial casing frame and anyway, who would to put it up that high? There again, there is an answer to that, and that is “Autoloc”.

Published in 2012 Jan-Mar
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 01:00

Of a day early

28th January 2012

Work – that is to say the kind from which we are supposed to earn our livings – gets in the way this weekend. I have to be on site Sunday and Andrew must travel Sunday to be on (another) site at 09.00 Monday morning, and as he was attending a party Saturday night, we agreed that it would be just the one day this weekend, and back on Beverley. But of course you are all waiting avidly to hear what arrived from Mr Makita, aren’t you? Well, as I had to be at a meeting Monday, Steph stayed in all day waiting for Parcelforce, who in the end arrived at about 4.30, after I had got back home.

Published in 2012 Jan-Mar
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of wiring and welding

17th April 2011

So, did anyone miss me, I wonder? (Don’t all shout “No!” at once). There was no “Weekend Rails” last weekend because, although Andrew had a (rather unsuccessfull) day on his own at Rowsley, your truly was to be found at the Leander Club at Henley-on-Thames Saturday night on one of those “family occasions” that necessitated swapping overalls for a Dinner Suit.

Published in 2011 Apr-Jun
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of D2128 and Pluto

22nd May 2011

It has been a week or pluses and minuses. On Tuesday I went down to Nottingham, to inspect more auction lots of Jarvis’, but obviously the liquidators advertising is now reaching parts and persons not reached before because bids on Friday soon went out of all proportion to the value of what was there – at least to us – so no lorry loads to collect next week. Down in South Wales, 14 901 has been in action covering for defective kettles – is there another ‘14 in daily service at present? It has certainly transformed from being an unwanted Cinderella…

Published in 2011 Apr-Jun
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of 08s and trawler engines

30th January 2011

I blame the Rev W Awdry. The portrayal of what we know today as a Class 08 as the evil, slimy ‘Diesel’ in the Thomas books must have had a profound effect on the young, impressionable me, and influenced my view of what a good shunting loco should be. Today I can rationalise it much better – and have done in a few places...

Published in 2011 Jan-Mar
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