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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:05 am

Southern Locomotives Ltd have posted some more photos of the work being carried out to complete the Major ('Heavy') Overhaul of '257 Squadron' at Herston Works, during May and part of June. As previously, these photos have not been allocated any numbers. However, they are the continuation from my Post of 19th April and will therefore be:

- Pics 57 to 73 incl. Please use the link below to see these photos:

[There are also some photos showing the work being carried out (off site by a sub-contractor) on the Boiler for 34028 'Eddystone'}

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN ... UwVm1Ja2V3

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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:41 am

A brief Report on the progress of the 'Major Overhaul' of this Locomotive:

Firstly, although this was originally termed a 'Major Overhaul', it has actually turned out to be a 'Restoration' over the past 5 years (yes, 5 years!). This is due to the extremely poor condition of the Locomotive when it entered Herston Works. Hence the reason why it has taken much longer than anticipated. (As mentioned in my very first Post on this Topic, this Locomotive had already been Restored from 'Scrap Yard' condition' but was withdrawn in 2003 (with Firebox problems) after more than 12 years service on the Swanage Railway).

However, the 'finish line' is now in sight with final painting, lining out and numbering virtually complete.

It is expected that the Locomotive will leave Herston Works this month, when it will be united with its (new) Tender. Initial 'Steaming and Testing' will then take place over the Summer.

The return to service of 'Squadron' in 1990 involved some 60 mph running on the Main Line to Dover! No chance of that this time though, unfortunately.


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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby Dougs » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:20 pm

Great news, glad it is nearly finished. Another great southern loco back in service :)
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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:37 am

I was saddened to hear the news this morning that Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson has died, at the age of 99. He was one of the few remaining Pilots who took part in the 'Battle of Britain' in 1940, during WW2 (616 Squadron and 19 Squadron) also serving under the command of Air Vice -Marshal Keith Park. It was indeed a pleasure for me to meet him and talk to him (together with Wing Commander Dick Summers and Squadron Leader Tony Pickering) at the Recommissioning Ceremony for 34053 'Sir Keith Park', at the Severn Valley Railway, on 31st August 2013.

Furthermore (and most relevant to this particular Topic) Ken Wilkinson helped in raising funds for the original Restoration of 34072 '257 Squadron'. See the link below:

http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/3 ... ation.html

'The Few' are indeed getting fewer, as the years go by.

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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:45 pm

I am pleased to report that, following a four year Major ('Heavy') Overhaul/Restoration, 'Battle of Britain Class' Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron' finally left Herston Works (for the Swanage Railway) on Monday 21st August.

Use the link below to see a photo and confirmation of this event:

http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/News/news.html

I now look forward to seeing her 'In Steam' again, for the first time since January 2003.

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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby Aceyone » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:49 am

Excellent news !
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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:18 am

Some more photos have been posted on the Southern Locomotives Ltd website.

These show the final work being carried out on '257 Squadron' prior to the Locomotive leaving Herston Works on 21st August (as reported in my previous Post, above). Some final 'fettling' work is now being carried out to enable 34072 to commence the 'running in' process.

Also included are photos of the Frames and wheelsets for 34028 'Eddystone', currently at Tyseley Locomotive Works (formerly the 'Birmingham Railway Museum'). These items will soon be transported back to Swanage and into Herston works, to continue the '10 Year' Major ('Heavy') Overhaul of this Locomotive. Once this commences, I will then Report separately upon this Overhaul (under the existing Topic: Overhaul of Locomotive 34028 'Eddystone').

There are also some photos included relating to 34010 'Sidmouth' and Standard Tank 80104, masquerading as (scrapped) 80146.

As before, these photos have not been numbered, but they are a continuation from my Post of 12th June and will therefore be:

- Pics 74 to 108 incl. Please use the link below to see these Photos:

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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:29 pm

'257 Squadron' is almost 'ready to run'. A pressure test on the Superheater Header has been requested by the Boiler Inspector and this should be carried out in the next week or so.

This completes the work on this Locomotive and therefore I plan to Post all further Reports under the existing 'Overhaul of Locomotive 34028 'Eddystone' Topic, which will be the next one to enter the Works (before the Restoration of 34010 'Sidmouth').

However, as with 'Sir Keith Park', I will continue to Post news of '257 Squadron' in operational service under this same Topic.

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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby Minty4371 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:48 pm

Smoke was seen coming from the chimney of 34072 today (20/11/17).
Saw the short video on Facebook.
Onwards to running and working for Swanage Railway.
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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:42 am

Minty4371 wrote:Smoke was seen coming from the chimney of 34072 today (20/11/17).
Saw the short video on Facebook.
Onwards to running and working for Swanage Railway.
Thank you for your work on her Ray.


Thank you Robert, that's great news! I was working at Swanage last week (Wed to Sat) for the 'Volunteer Session', plus our annual 'Drive & Fire'. Work was still going on regarding the 'final fettling' of 'Squadron' at the Railway (whilst we were doing other things in the Works).

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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby Minty4371 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:58 am



Odd to see her with her nameplate and crest fitted.
Thought they would be fitted nearer the time of the re-dedication of the locomotive.
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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:32 am

Thank you Robert. Good to see 34072 'come to life' again, at last! We just missed being able to have our 'Drive & Fire' a couple of weeks ago on her. We had it on the Standard Tank 80146 (actually 80106) That was good because, although I have previously been on the Footplate, I had not driven or fired this particular Locomotive. I must say that it was a lovely Locomotive to drive (plus, another one to add to my 'portfolio' of those upon which I have had a 'Drive & Fire').

Regarding the Crest and Nameplate being already fitted, this is not that unusual nowadays. For the Recommissioning, as with 'Sir Keith Park', these would be 'curtained off' for the Ceremony.

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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby Minty4371 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:47 pm

Thank you Ray. :)
Glad you could drive and fire the Standard 4 tank. :)
You would have got an idea of what 82045 may be like when complete in terms of driving and firing. ;)
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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby Minty4371 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:04 pm

See that 257 has had a hot test back end of last week. Hope I can see her running on the Swanage cameras.
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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:13 pm

Thank you Robert. Yes, we are nearly there. :) :) :)

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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby Minty4371 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:23 pm

Seen on You Tube.
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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:41 pm

Is this the one, Robert?:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VisRvdNW07k

We've had a few 'set backs', but she runs at last!! :) :) :)

(I hope to be having a 'Drive & Fire' on '257 Squadron' later this year).

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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby Minty4371 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:25 pm

34053 wrote:Is this the one, Robert?:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VisRvdNW07k

We've had a few 'set backs', but she runs at last!! :) :) :)

(I hope to be having a 'Drive & Fire' on '257 Squadron' later this year).

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That is the one Ray. It appears in my post as I can see it.
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Re: Overhaul of Locomotive 34072 '257 Squadron'

Postby 34053 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:50 pm

Here are four photos of the 'Light Engine' Test Run, by '257 Squadron' on 9th August 2018. This showed up (the usual) minor leaks, which have now been resolved.The Locomotive will enter service, at the Swanage Railway, in September.

Please use the link below ('my' Pic Nos 118 to 121 incl):

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