Month: April 2019


Overview of reassembly work. Outside steam pipes to cylinders shown without cladding. The bolted joints are evident. Also in view is the safety valve/top feed casting on the top of the boiler barrel, feed pipes to be installed, normally this is hidden under the brass bonnet.


Crossheads have been fitted to piston rods, crossheads now being cleaned for painting then they will be split from rods again until piston/rod assembly is in the cylinder bore with the rod passing through the rear cylinder cover. Then the cross head is attached to the piston rod with a tapered key pulling the tapers on the piston rod and crosshead together.


Pipe work for the injector. Pipe work on every engine will be different. Curves in the pipe work allow for expansion as they heat up in use.


The boiler feed delivery pipes that curve around the side of the boiler barrel and connect to the safety valve and clack valve casting on the top of the boiler, normally covered by the brass bonnet.


Eccentric rods and the lifting link for the Stephenson’s valve gear awaiting fitting.

The West Somerset Railway Association are delighted to announce that they have met the fundraising target to put bring GWR locomotive 9351 back into service in time for the Summer Season.  When the West Somerset Railway plc ran into financial difficulties over the winter they asked the WSRA, the line’s principal supporters’ organisation to help.  This has involved raising over £18,000 from supporters in a few months and carrying out the work, including some complex engineering, at their restoration base at Williton.

Jonathan Jones-Pratt, Chairman of the West Somerset Railway plc said:

‘We are very grateful to the WSRA who rose to the challenge we set them, raised the money and are getting the work done.  It shows what we can achieve if we pull together as a united Railway.  I look forward to agreeing further fundraising targets with the WSRA in future.’

Paul Whitehouse, Chairman of the West Somerset Railway Association said:

‘We could not have done this without support from over 70 individual donors and the work of volunteers and staff, particularly Ryan Pope and his team at Williton Works.  Because we are a registered Charity the UK government has contributed over £3,000 of the total via the Gift Aid scheme which adds 25% to donations from UK tax payers.  We stand ready to help where needed.’

Loco 9351 is expected to be back in traffic by the end of May to assist with a busy summer season on the West Somerset Railway which reopens fully on 19 April.  Final stages of the restoration can be followed on the restoration blog at https://www.wsra.org.uk/category/9351-blog/

 

Loco 9351 being reassembled at Williton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9351 in traffic on the WSRA before starting recent overhaul

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Pope of WSRA Restorations with loco 9351 as she entered the works earlier in the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Further comment please contact:

Jacquie Green
WSRA General Manager
E: manager@wsra.org.uk
T: 01823 433856


New Bronze Die block being machined for fitting into the valve gear expansion link. Ultimately it will be machined with a pair of curved faces to fit the curve of the expansion link.

 

 

 

 

 

Boiler cladding sheets in position to be fasten onto the crinoline framing and then held in place by screws and the boiler bands yet to be added.


In the dark interior of the smoke box, the Super heater header casting has been mounted with the super heater flues fitted and the steam pipes to the cylinders installed.
The fitting on the right hand pipe is the inlet for the steam oil feed to lubricate the piston valve and cylinder.
The regulator body casting plus the steam pipes between it and the super heater header are yet to be fitted.