This is really a brief update, following my posting in May this year (2013).
As you can see in the photo, after just 2.5months working on it – our team at Apedale has made remarkable progress! Hopes are high that it will be on its wheels in the next few weeks.
Watch this space…..
It’s been a really nice few dry weekends at Apedale recently, which has been a welcome break from the rather persistent rain that we’ve been experiencing…
All this dry weather has allowed us to finally complete one of the key WDLR projects – a former Ashover Class D wagon. This was a major re-construction which included a large number of parts salvaged from Wagons #25 & #63.
With an eye on the major First World War Centenary next year, this vehicle has been restored to original WDLR condition. I have to express my thanks to my friends/colleagues at the AVLR who have helped to complete this vehicle & the many contacts who have provided useful spare parts and information over the last few years!
On to the next project…..
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Well, its been a little while again – progress is being made though! Here we see the latest developments with the ex-Nocton/Alston bogie. It is coming along nicely. The latest addition has been the ex-Ashover wagon coupler, which had to have a significant repair (straighten the shaft & replace the end thread & nut) before it could be used.
Having had the good fortune to find some original drawings, I had ordered a batch of new coupler springs. The first of these were successfully installed on the bogie at the weekend.
The partner to this bogie for the “mystery” project has now been completed.
This is an ex-Ashover/FR bogie & is seen in Aurora Works’ yard, following its final coat of paint.
Currently I am assisting with the Moseley Railway Trust’s apprentice projects, so I’ve not been able to spend as much time on-site working on these projects directly when on-site as previous – many thanks to Mick, Terry & Alex for helping progress things.
I was once told in my day-job, that “there are always evenings & weekends”. Not sure they really meant this type of thing – but seems very appropriate!
It has been a little while since I last posted some progress – so here you are:
Ikea bogie kit
This shows a little of my “homework” projects. Painting/preparing these items away from site really help speed up the project.
- Ex-Ashover bogie re-assembly…
Also progressing well is the ex-Ashover bogie. As of 29/30/11, this was successfully reunited with its wheels. It was placed on the track & run around to the workshop complex – probably the first time it had run on rails in over 10 years!
- WDLR Bogie project – This frame arrived at Apedale from Alston with the Ambulance van in November 2010.
What a difference a few months make – compare these last couple of photos!
- Ex-South Tynedale bogie progess…
As you may have read previously, in November 2010 we successfully recovered the remains of the ex-Nocton Ambulance van to Apedale (Moseley Railway Trust). These remains comprised the main frames of the van (in need of considerable repair) & a rebuilt bogie frame. Unfortunately the mists of time have not been kind to this van and it’s chassis/bogies – there are a large number of parts currently AWOL, including most of the fittings/components for both bogies.
WDLR Bogie project - This frame arrived at Apedale from Alston with the Ambulance van in November 2010.
As the arrived bogie frame had been rebuilt several years prior to acquisition, I have taken the decision to start the re-construction of this bogie first. As I am fortunate to have collected together a number of spare parts/drawings over the years and now is the time to start using them! This project is not as impossible as it might seem, although it will deplete my spares holding significantly. These bogies are generally standard designs & could be found under many types of WW1 vehicle. What is this particular example going to be used under (pending the ambulance van being completed)? You’ll have to keep watching…
WDLR Bogie parts - Coupler & brake crank
The first stages of this reconstruction have been to start routing out parts & preparing them for assembly. However, before this all can progress too far, I need to get a set of coupler & leaf (suspension) springs on order….
Many parts! Amongst these are various WDLR bogie parts - including pivot, brake brackets, coupler link pin, etc