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The 762 Club - LYNformation Bulletins

Aware that much development has been going on in the background, but little has been seen in public, and also that the pace of development is gradually increasing, the 762 Club introduced this on-line update feature in early 2013. This page, updated around once a month, will provide brief news snippets, images and general "Lynformation" on our progress. Please come back regularly for the latest updates.

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LYNformation Bulletin No.58: 22 July 2017

Well, We Did It!

For all those who were able to attend the marvellous first members event on Saturday 8th July in glorious sunshine, it really was splendid to see so many of you.

For those who could not attend, LYN performed very well and will look fantastic once painted.

So this edition is devoted to the recent few weeks.

1. The first few steamings:

a) First, some images from the very first day that LYN was steamed, Tuesday 4th July:
As you will note, there was no cab on, but here are a few images of the first move. LYN went well and we ended the day with the safety valves lifting. The only fault is that the injectors did not operate above 200 PSI, and to date, we have not cracked this problem (but we will!)

b) Next, some images taken on Thursday 6th July, when we had the boiler inspector present. He gave it the thumbs up to steam on the 8th but, due to the problems with the injectors, could not give us a full boiler certificate.

By now the cab was on but some other final small details were still to be fitted. Note, we always planned to fit the vacuum brake after the members day.


2. Vacuum Brake Fitting

As soon as we finished the Member's day, and tidied up, attention turned to fitting the whole vacuum system. This included the vacuum ejector, drivers vacuum brake valve, vacuum reservoir, and seemingly miles of copper and steel pipework. Richard, Jez and Tony spent six man-days each to complete this very tricky job, but what a fantastic job that they have done.

Here are some images supplied by Geoff Hill and myself of the progress and completion of the vacuum system. LYN was steamed again on 20th July for a final test of the whole engine and all worked perfectly (bar the injectors)


3. Whistle Fitting

LYN will have two whistles. One is fitted through a hole in the cab roof, the second - a gift from the Puffing Billy Railway and derived from an original Baldwin drawing - is a larger affair, fitted on the front of the cab. Both proved very tricky to fit and both are very loud! I prefer the deeper tone of the Aussie whistle but I will be interested to hear what other folk think.

4. Dirty Smokebox

Just to show that we are now in business and getting into the day-to-day maintenance aspects of owning a working steam locomotive, I took this image just to show that steam engines are dirty things!

5. Brick Arch Former

Meanwhile, Brian Lloyd has been busy organising the brick arch pattern. This will be a two part wooden pattern into which the fire concrete/clay mix is poured to form the brick arch. This will be fitted when the engine has been delivered to Woody Bay. Brian says it is about 85% complete.

6. Design Team

Present on the 8th July were our design team of Ian Gaylor and Mike Nelson, accompanied by John Scott, our ICP. Their 'baby' was revealed to them for the first time and I think they were impressed with how LYN had turned out.
Ian has designed a formidable beast, and Mike has drawn over 7000 individual and assembly drawings. Now John Scott has to verify it is all safe and sound. Thank you, boys.

7. Lining

We have awarded the contract to do the lining to Gerald Whittaker of Hollycombe, near Liphook. Gerald visited to discuss the job on 20th July and here are a few images of him and the initial marking up. Before anyone says, it was just to look at proportion! The basic paint scheme has been laid out by Steve Phillips and we will be following as closely as possible the 1929 ex-Eastleigh scheme. Gerald will be doing the lining from 21st August and expects to take up to a week to complete.

So, What Happens Now?

Well, LYN will be stripped down to as far as necessary to complete the painting. Actual painting commences w/c 24th July and will take around three weeks. LYN will then be re-assembled. As mentioned, the lining will be done whilst a lot of us will be in Dorset with our traction engines. The next key date which will be a final steaming in early September, then transportion down to Woody Bay, scheduled for...

... well, that's still a secret!

Look out for LYNformation 59 around 24th August,

See you all on 29th September.


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