12th July – The Final BLOG post


9351 resting at Minehead after delivery ready to enter service after some more loaded test runs.


Ryan and Liam Pope with 9351 as they wait in Williton station to collect the token for the light engine return trip to Minehead, with driver Colin Henderson and fireman Liam Pope.

FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR RETURN TO MINEHEAD


Regulator rod with handle removed to allow additional gland packing to be added behind the oval flange to cure the leak shown below flange


9351 being weighed on equipment provided by the South Devon Railway. This allows the whole engine to be “floated” on hydraulic load cells that are bearing on the rail head and lifting the wheels clear of the rail head (just). At this point reading the pressure gauges on pump units provides a pressure reading that as the bore of the load cells is known, the weight of each wheel on the rail head can be calculated. Thus the engine can be weighed, the spring bolts adjusted balance the weight across the locomotive on each axle as well as bringing axle loads for each wheel set to the required weight front to back.


Application of clear coat prior to delivery