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April 2010 update

By Hugh McQuade, Chairman

7819 Hinton Manor

Within the last few days John Robinson at Bridgnorth MPD has ordered the new tyres for our GWR Manor class 4-6-0, No. 7819. The Trust has pledged to contribute £19,000 towards the cost of re-tyring the loco and we are trying to buy the tyres while the world price of steel is lower than in the past. Delivery is expected in a matter of weeks and marks the start of "Hinton's" long awaited comeback. Our co-ordinator Kevin Cronin (who gives further details below) is now seeking advice from both John and Boilersmith Graham Beddoes as to what other components or materials the loco may require so that we might possibly buy stuff in ahead of the big stripdown – watch this space!

LMSR 6-Wheeled Brake No. 2886

2886A special freight working was arranged to bring our current restoration project from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster so that it could be turned on our turntable. The first side of 2886 has been rebuilt, along with over half of both ends and half of the roof to the centre line, and the gutter refitted. It is time now to do the other side, which has already had the paneling removed and doors taken off in readiness.

2886Our repair siding at Bridgnorth allows work only on the platform side when trains are running, and so we have to turn coaches from time to time to allow safe work to continue.

The photos show 2886 tripped down from Bidgnorth for turning on the Kidderminster turntable.

2886Meanwhile the Trust has received another grant cheque from a retailer, with £250 donated by Midshire Co-operative at the end of March. This is a community based award, and is aimed at supporting the retired gentlemen who are the majority of our workforce. The money will pay for timber, which allows our volunteers to carry out therapeutic and meaningful work within the community for their benefit and those who enjoy looking at it!

2886

A special freight working was arranged to bring our current restoration project from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster so that it could be turned on our turntable. The first side of 2886 has been rebuilt, along with over half of both ends and half of the roof to the centre line, and the gutter refitted. It is time now to do the other side, which has already had the paneling removed and doors taken off in readiness.

Our repair siding at Bridgnorth allows work only on the platform side when trains are running, and so we have to turn coaches from time to time to allow safe work to continue. The photos show 2886 tripped down from Bidgnorth for turning on the Kidderminster turntable.

Meanwhile the Trust has received another grant cheque from a retailer, with £250 donated by Midshire Co-operative at the end of March. This is a community based award, and is aimed at supporting the retired gentlemen who are the majority of our workforce. The money will pay for timber, which allows our volunteers to carry out therapeutic and meaningful work within the community for their benefit and those who enjoy looking at it!

Turntable

The Turntable at Kidderminster has so far had about 30 tonnes of dirty sand and gravel removed. About 10 more tonnes remains to be loaded into a “Rudd” spoil wagon for use elsewhere on the line. We will soon be able to cover the surface of the pit with a micropore sheet to prevent weed growth, which will be followed up by a few tonnes of fine gravel. Most of the work has been carried out by Brian Bessey using a hired-in mini-digger, so far seven days worth of excavation, and much hand-shoveling by work-experience youths attached to Kidderminster Paintshop. The Trust chairman is co-ordinating this work, and in the near future, we will require the assistance of a bricklayer, and several painters to continue the groundwork and conservation work. Anyone who fancies a small amount of bricklaying should contact the chairman for further details.

LMSR 1934 First Open No. 7511

Has been clocking up the miles since March 12th, as it is in use on the Sunday Dining Car service “Severn Valley Venturer”, standing in for BR Open First №. 3103. It was a real treat to see 7511 in use on the occasion of Alan Osborne’s “retirement” lunch on March 21st. Venturer crews are displaying Trust Co. leaflets on each table in the hope that appreciative diners will make further contributions to our work, and I hope before much longer to report on the pending donation of a significant vehicle to the Trusts care.

7819 Hinton Manor Update

By Project leaders Kev Cronin and Dave Evans

The complete new set of sixteen tyres that 7819 requires on the bogie wheels, the driving wheels and the tender wheels have been ordered! Thanks to John Robinson for his help with this. This will mean that in the next 4 to 6 months we should take delivery of a set of tyres which will be stored until 7819 returns home and is entered into it heavy general overhaul.

This is a great start, but there is still lots and lots to do! The tyres being ordered is just the start of a very long road. Attention now turns to raising funds so as to start the process of overhauling old cab fittings and various other fittings, or making new fittings from scratch so that we can put these items ready fit to the engine as the overhaul progresses. For example, 7819 requires a new safety valve because the one was being repaired and was stolen in one of the raids to Bridgnorth shed. Plenty can be being done for 7819 whilst it is sat in the shopping centre in Swindon that will help speed up the process when the loco is returned home.

For those of you who have shown support to 7819 a big thank you - please keep that support coming! There are plans to hold a fund raising BBQ rather like the one in August 2009 at Arley. Hopefully this will be arranged for a Saturday evening in August but a date and location is to be set. As soon as that is arranged, a message will appear to advertise this event! 7819 should also benefit from other fund raising events that are being held by the railway over the next 12 months.

We intend to post updates to show how 7819 is coming along - when the tyres arrive, we shall let you know. Hopefully a certain Mr Tranter will have a smile on his face knowing that progress is starting to be made to get 7819 Hinton Manor back in steam!!

As a friend of 7819 Hinton Manor, the Wolverhampton Branch are also planning a number of projects in support, including super detailed finescale 4mm scale models of 7819.

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