Hagley Hall Restoration Updates
Many thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for part-funding the project to complete GWR 4930 'Hagley Hall's restoration.
The work party continued work on the rear of the tender chassis, preparing the area for painting. Using needle guns, the “box sections” were surface cleaned of any remaining rust and dirt, before application of the first layer of primer paint.
The newly-constructed Collett-design tender was delivered to Bridgnorth Works today. The delivery of the tender tank marks another milestone in the restoration project, fundraising continues, with the Friend of Hagley Hall donating £50,000 to the project. This covers the manufacture of the new tender tank, the new tyres on the tender wheels, and other work in progress.
This week marks the 30th Anniversary of 4930’s last steaming in October 1986. One generation later, and with 4930 in its 88th year, restoration and complete overhaul of the locomotive is now firmly under way, and with the probability of it re-entering service around its 90th Birthday with a 10-year boiler certificate, it should remain in steam until its centenary in May 2029.
The Friends of Hagley Hall are delighted to report that they have now exceeded the figure of £110,000, thanks to the continuing support of their regular band of donors. This will assist with the increased costs of the restoration, but further donations are urgently required as work proceeds.
Renovation and repainting of tender components continues during our volunteer sessions at Bridgnorth Works. Each item needs to be cleaned and inspected before repainting, which involves application of six coats of paint. Work on the spring hangers now being almost complete, attention will turn to the intermediate buffer and draw-gear.
On Saturday, 10 Sept, a work party was successful in splitting the two halves of the cylinder block, to allow full examination of the condition of the interior passages. Subsequent inspection has, however, confirmed that the cylinders have been previously patched, and are therefore now beyond repair. Engineering drawings of early “Hall” cylinders are now being sourced, and the likely way forward will be the casting of new cylinders.
Work on the tender frames has also been progressing, and repairs are now at an advanced stage. All remaining wasted metalwork at the rear end has now been removed, and fabrication of the replacement steel beams is imminent. Most of the tender chassis has now been given an initial coat of primer paint.
Following the fantastic progress made on 4930 during the last week, we now report more developments which move the project further ahead. Yesterday, during a test of the SVR’s steam crane, the opportunity was taken to remove 4930’s cylinders.
Today, with the cylinders removed, work to clean and prepare 4930’s frames has already begun, whilst the riveting of the tender frames continues apace, Apprentice Dean Parkin gains valuable experience.
It has become apparent that we were somewhat over-optimistic in the amount of time it would take to remove the bolts attaching the cylinders to the frames. These were very corroded, and the positioning of the remaining bolts has made it extremely difficult to access them with appropriate power tools.
On 30 May, a work party at Bridgnorth continued the task of cleaning and painting components from the tender, in preparation for eventual refitting.
In recent weeks, volunteer work has concentrated on attempting to remove a cylinder cover which refused to budge. The front bogie has been removed in order to gain access to the underside of the cylinder block, and to release the bolts attaching the block to the main frames.
29th February 2016
During the past month, volunteer working parties have removed the remaining piston and valve, and have also detached both crossheads and one of the slidebars. Work is now in progress to remove the heavily corroded bolts on the cylinder block.
25th January 2016
Last week’s work party succeeded in removing one of the pistons and valves from 4930.
Also, apart from a lick of paint, work on the third tender wheelset is now complete.
14th January 2016
Of necessity, the main focus at Bridgnorth Works during November and through to the present, has been the need to maintain the operational fleet for the busy Christmas period, and to carry out pre-planned maintenance during the Winter “closed” weeks in preparation for the new season. Despite these demands on workshop staff, volunteers have continued work on 4930, firstly by pressure cleaning the frames, and subsequently removing valve covers and releasing the valves and valve spindle rods. Front cylinder covers are now removed, and the cotter wedge has been taken out of the crosshead. Work continues on splitting the piston rods from the crossheads, and descaling the cylinder block.
Meanwhile, in the Machine Shop, the final wheelset for the tender has now been machined, including the journals, which were just being completed when pictured on 7th Jan.
27th September 2015
During the last few weeks, work has continued at a steady pace on refurbishing the tender frames. The longitudinal beams at the front end have now been replaced by new steelwork, and when this is completed, attention will shift to similar work at the rear of the framework.
On 17th September, HRH Duke of Gloucester visited the SVR Bridgnorth Works, during which, Brian Humphries and apprentice Dean Parsons, who were working on 4930’s tender frames, were introduced to him.
The Duke then went on to examine 4930’s cylinder block, and cabside plating.
Photos courtesy of Bob Sweet.
15th August 2015
Yet more parts have been removed from 4930 by “Petal & Co.” as their working week draws to a close. Over the past few days, they have removed all the running plates from the front end of the locomotive. Our thanks go to the team once again, for all the work they have done.
Meanwhile in the Machine Shop, work has started on the tender bearings:
11th August 2015
The last two weeks have witnessed remarkable progress in the locomotive overhaul. During the weekend of August 01/02, a working party of volunteers set to work on the unenviable task of removing the boiler and cylinder cladding plates, followed by the removal and disposal of the boiler lagging. Whilst the lagging material had no asbestos content, its removal was an unpleasant task which required full protective gear, as these three photographs by Nick Willcox show:
Following this bout of activity, other volunteers continued with part removal during the week, and on Saturday, the Heavy Gang, aka “Petal & Co” arrived to undertake some of the more difficult tasks. They removed washout plugs on lower firebox, the steam heat pipe and brackets from under the ashpan, blowdown valve, and the damper linkages.
As a result of this work, 4930 was considered ready for the boiler to be lifted off the frames in an operation on 11 August.
Firstly, the cab roof was temporarily removed from 4930 in order to allow lifting capability for the overhead crane within the boiler shop. Bolts in the cab roof had already been removed on the previous day. 4930 was then taken from the works yard by Class 08 Shunter D3586, around to the Boiler Shop for the long awaited lift to take place.
Finally, the ashpan was removed. 4930 was then replaced in the Works Yard, where the intrepid team of Petal & Co will continue on parts removal during the next few days. A momentous week in the project.
Thanks go to all those involved.
25th July 2015
We are delighted to announce that major preparation work on the locomotive has just begun, with the removal of boiler cladding bands, and back head cladding. The intention is now to remove all boiler cladding and lagging from 4930 shortly. When this has been successfully completed, a work group will remove other components, prior to a boiler lift, which it is hoped will take place during August.
On other fronts, the second tender wheelset has now visited the wheel lathe, leaving only one remaining to be profiled.
The recent tender frame front end welding has been ultrasonically tested. Work is now continuing on cross members, and other tender frame components, including the steps.
We are also very pleased to report that the new tender tank has been completed at Adam Dalgleish Engineering, and a coat of red oxide paint has been applied for protection. It is now in temporary storage until the refurbished tender frames are ready to receive it.
Friends of Hagley Hall Update: 6th & 9th July 2015
The 50th Anniversary of the Severn Valley Railway was marked by a line-up of locomotives at Bridgnorth. Adorned with a Severn Valley Golden Jubilee headboard, this will probably mark the last occasion in which 4930 will feature in an official event before its imminent major overhaul.
It is now understood that the long-awaited restoration of the locomotive will begin in earnest within the next few weeks. Removal of components has already started. Boiler cladding will be removed shortly, prior to an anticipated boiler lift later in the year.
The refurbishment of 4930's tender chassis took a major step forward today, as the new front-end frame sections, including the new drawbar, were welded to the original sections. Some further work is required to replace some other small sections of wasted metalwork, but today's activity marks a notable milestone in the restoration project, which can now move forward towards the expected arrival of the new tender tank in due course.
Further pictures of the almost completed new tender tank for 4930 at Adam Dalgleish Engineering at Stockton, courtesy of Ian Walker. It will not be completed until it comes to site at Bridgnorth when the sump will be fitted. This allows easy storage and transportation.
Friends of Hagley Hall Update: 17th June 2015
We are pleased to report that the tender wheelsets for 4930 are now entering the machine shop at Bridgnorth Works for profiling. Work on the first set began on 17 June, with the others to follow in sequence. Meanwhile, the finishing touches are now being made to the new tender tank at Adam Dalgleish Engineering at Stockton.
Friends of Hagley Hall Updates: February & March 2015
Work on the new tender tank for 4930 "Hagley Hall" has been proceeding rapidly at Stockton, and, as can be seen in the accompanying photos, the majority of the main structure is now complete. Our thanks go to Adam Dalgleish Engineering for the photographs.
Work on the new tender tank for 4930 has been continuing at Adam Dalgleish Engineering at Stockton. These recent views show the progress made in recent weeks.
To summarise recent developments, all internal baffles fitted and welded, tank sides and extension fitted and welded, rear floor plate being welded this week, new beading fitted (this was sourced from a local rolling mill with tooling made to match a sample of the original). Coal space back plate to have new beading bent and fitted this week.
The next big job will be the fitting of the “false” rivets to ensure that the tender is cosmetically correct!
January Updates: News From Hagley Hall
11 January 2015
A positive start to 2015. Early January has seen lots of progress on the wheelsets for 4930’s tender. As we reported earlier, the wheels are at South Devon Railway Engineering for re-tyring, and we are delighted to report that the first set (the trailing axle) was re-tyred at Buckfastleigh on Thursday 8th Jan, followed by another set on the following day. All three axles should be complete within the next couple of days. These are the first major components to be renovated as part of the 4930 restoration programme.
December Updates: News From Hagley Hall
21st December 2014
On 21 December 2014, committee members were at Arley Station to run the Christmas “Roast Chestnut” stall, which annually boosts our funds for 4930’s restoration. The weather was kind to us, and a good day was enjoyed. The Committee of the Friends of Locomotive 4930 would like to wish all their supporters and friends the compliments of the season, and look forward to your continuing interest in the locomotive’s restoration during 2015. Hopefully, the New Year will bring more significant milestones as we move towards 4930’s return to service.
Further good news has now arrived from Adam Dalgleish Engineering Ltd., of Stockton who are constructing the new Collett-style tender tank for 4930. Following many weeks work on the technical drawings, fabrication of the steelwork has now begun, as the following photographs show. Our thanks to Adam Dalgleish Engineering Ltd., for the photos of work in progress.
November Updates: News From Hagley Hall
17 November 2014
The newly fabricated replacement dragbox for 4930's tender is now complete, and has been placed in position for imminent welding to the frames. Work on the new front end frame plates is now well advanced.
Volunteers have also removed the locomotive's smokebox fittings.
September & October Updates: News from Friends of Hagley Hall
4th September 2014
19 October 2014 ~ WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES
10th July 2014: News from Friends of Hagley Hall
4930 Progress Report
Good progress has been made in the past fortnight, on both locomotive and tender. Group members have set to work on the locomotive, burning tube ends to allow removal of boiler tubes. All tube end burning has now been completed. Other components have also been removed for storage.
27th June 2014: News from Friends of Hagley Hall
At one of their regular Saturday meetings, older members of the SVR Junior Club gained some hands-on experience when they helped volunteers on the 4930 Hagley Hall project. As the overhaul starts to make progress, all the cab fittings and non-ferrous pipework have been removed. During this work session, Junior Club members were able to see, at first hand, the layout of the locomotive cab, and assisted, under supervision, with the removal of some of the components. The Friends of Locomotive 4930 Hagley Hall are pleased to see such interest being shown by the SVR Junior Club, and will welcome their assistance with other suitable tasks as the overhaul proceeds.
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