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bradleyman



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:51 pm    Post subject: An unexpected interesting visitor Reply with quote

It looks as though Bridgnorth works will shortly receive a new first time visitor for evaluation - see the SVR Engineering website.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't see that one coming, looking forward to at least having a close look at her...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beamish site suggests evaluation work will commence sometime in late May, and they are hoping for a 2013 steaming

A bit of digging brings up the following history, I'll be pleased to see any corrections

Dunrobin is an 0-4-4T built in 1895 by Sharp, Stewart & Co. for the Duke of Sutherland for services between the private station at Dunrobin Castle and Inverness, for which he had running powers. In 1949, British Railways revoked the running powers and he then sold the locomotive, which passed into private hands.

The Highland Railway Drummond “W” (or "397"?) class comprised four locomotives built in 1905–1906 and were built to a similar design, the last engines built at Lochgorm works in Inverness. The LMS gave them a power classification '0P'. Two survived to 1956/7, the last HR locos in service. Two GWR 1600 Class 0-6-0PT locomotives (1646/49) took over the work from Helmsdale - Dornoch line.

Beamish describe it as a pre-grouping loco which was not grouped or nationalised. Not surprisingly there's been a debate over the paint scheme!

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SVR Contract Engineering http://www.svr-engineering.co.uk/news/news.html reports that she arrived at Bridgnorth on 19 May where a start is expected shortly on stripping down this interesting and unique little locomotive to assess the requirements to return her to steam. This was the first time the locomotive has been on UK rails since 1965, 46 years ago!

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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A further update, same link, shows stripping down has commenced

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On 25 April the Beamish Curator visited Bridgnorth for a meeting re progress on 0-4-4T 'Dunrobin'. The volunteer team have been busy and have removed the motion and rods and are currently freeing off the cylinder block to enable it to be removed and returned to Beamish where it will be drawn pending preparation of a new pattern (Beamish blog http://beamishtransport.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/curators-travels.html).

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.svr-engineering.co.uk/news/news.html July update

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Repair update from Beamish Museum


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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SVREngineeringSteam‏ @SVREngsteam
Work on riveting 4085 'Dunrobin' new boiler barrel assembly, hot work! pic.twitter.com/YqrYBpr5Mf


Update 23.11.13 from Beamish
http://beamishtransportonline.co.uk/2012/11/dunrobin-november-2012-update/?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An interesting feature on one of the drawings in the National Collection here:

https://nationalrailwaymuseum.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/dunrobin-royal-engine/

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Beamish Blog December 22nd reviewing 2014 includes:

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Dunrobin’s new cylinder block is cast. Once upon a time, the requirement for a new cylinder block for a steam locomotive would have ensured its future as a static exhibit. Not so these days, and whilst by no means a cheap option, a new block is a relatively attainable option all the same. Dunrobin’s new cylinder block makes use of CAD drawings, polystyrene patterns and good old fashioned cylinder iron to produce two half blocks which will be machined and fitted in early 2015 enabling work to commence in earnest on the mechanical overhaul of the locomotive.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hearn_p wrote:
The Beamish Blog December 22nd reviewing 2014 includes:

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Dunrobin’s new cylinder block is cast. Once upon a time, the requirement for a new cylinder block for a steam locomotive would have ensured its future as a static exhibit. Not so these days, and whilst by no means a cheap option, a new block is a relatively attainable option all the same. Dunrobin’s new cylinder block makes use of CAD drawings, polystyrene patterns and good old fashioned cylinder iron to produce two half blocks which will be machined and fitted in early 2015 enabling work to commence in earnest on the mechanical overhaul of the locomotive.


Patrick
Could this prompt a rerun of a debate at the other place on the merits/demerits of disposable v durable patterns.?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A July update from Beamish http://beamishtransportonline.co.uk/2015/07/steam-locomotive-restoration-and-construction/

And mentioned October 1st http://beamishtransportonline.co.uk/2015/10/ti-news-week-37-2015/

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beamish have issued a further update on December 8th showing work by SVR boilersmiths on 4085′s boiler in recent weeks, bushing the stay holes in the outer wrapper, an LMS practice in restoring stay hole sizes and quite appropriate to Dunrobin’s former sphere of operation. Also shown is the front angle ring, following machining and awaiting fitting, drilling and riveting to the barrel.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beamish have issued a further update on January 25th. After many delays and upsets, Dunrobin’s new cylinder block has finally been completed and hydraulically tested. It will now be delivered to the Severn Valley Railway where it will enable the mechanical works on the frames to make more vigorous progress.

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