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34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby MOD » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:23 pm

I took a trip from Bewdley to Bridgnorth and back on the Severn Valley Railway today.

Guess what I spotted outside the Bridgnorth sheds?

Coming into Bridgnorth from Kidderminster I spotted this Iconic loco.
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Ray; the chap on top of SKP said that they were carrying out minor boiler rectification work. He had no idea when SKP would be coming out to play. :(

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Re: 34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby Ipso » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:20 pm

So gutted this went straight to the SVR, would like to have seen this at Swanage.
Thanks for posting the pics and update.
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Re: 34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby 34053 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:10 am

MOD wrote:Ray; the chap on top of SKP said that they were carrying out minor boiler rectification work. He had no idea when SKP would be coming out to play. :(

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Thank you Ian. I can only guess that it must be something to do with the regulator valve(?), as he is working around the 'steam dome' area (the steam 'collection point', via the regulator valve).
Great pics.

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Re: 34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby Xplumberlives » Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:00 pm

I hope it's nothing to do with the bits you worked upon Ray! :-o
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Re: 34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby 34053 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:41 am

Xplumberlives wrote:I hope it's nothing to do with the bits you worked upon Ray! :-o



'NOT Guilty' M'Lord!!

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Re: 34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby RLN » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:10 pm

Boiler Inspector's recommendations?
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Re: 34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby 34053 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:55 pm

RLN wrote:Boiler Inspector's recommendations?


Could well have been, although I don't know for sure.

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Re: 34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby MOD » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:48 pm

RLN wrote:Boiler Inspector's recommendations?


I am sure Ray will find this out but one of the other guys I spoke to said - and I paraphrase - 'We thought it came ready to go but it wasn't (ready)!' Hinting at a pre-existing 'Minor' fault.

I don't know who the guy was on top of the engine in my photo, but I will be searching him out next time I go to Bridgnorth as the GIT must have know that SKP would probably be moving under her own steam in less than 24 hours time!!!!

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Re: 34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby Xplumberlives » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:57 pm

I knew nothing of the sort! :D
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Re: 34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby MOD » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:06 pm

=)) =)) =))

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Re: 34053 Sir Keith Park at Severn Valley today

Postby 34053 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:32 pm

MOD wrote:
RLN wrote:Boiler Inspector's recommendations?


I am sure Ray will find this out but one of the other guys I spoke to said - and I paraphrase - 'We thought it came ready to go but it wasn't (ready)!' Hinting at a pre-existing 'Minor' fault.

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No Restoration of this magnitude will ever render a Locomotive '..ready to go...' until it has had its 'in frames' steam test (this was carried out at Bridgnorth), followed by a 'running in' period, when other 'minor' problems are usually found. Sometimes it can take months (as with 'Manston') to 'get it right'. So things have gone quite well, considering, with SKP. I understand that there has been a 'minor problem' with some of the large rivets (securing the Front Tubeplate to the Boiler shell) a problem which did not manifest itself during the previous 'out of frames' steam tests. (A bit of the old 'contraction and expansion' effect, methinks).

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