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boldford



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:30 pm    Post subject: GWR 2-8-0 2857 Reply with quote

If only all other loco groups got stuck in like these guys.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good point, but the 28 lads are blessed both with some good engineering back grounds, and some of the more youthfull active members, not always the case for other owning groups. And don't forget that the Hagley Hall group are also putting in some good work in the boiler shop, and the 1501 lads are putting in some stunning work at Bewdley, albeit on other projects at the moment, and the Pannier tank fund too, while they have little to do on their locos right now, they are putting in some stunning work, both paid and un-paid else where, Steve Peplow (Bewdley Wagon Dept M.P.D. and signalling dept) and Nigel Hanson (MPD and Kidder carridge Dept) are two naames that come to mind straight away.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like the plug for the 28 group though!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This weekend's activities.

Holes in lower portion of throatplate continue to be tapped out to regularise holes prior to bushing.

Adaption of firebox tubeplate former to suite Swindon No 1 boiler continues.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good to here, keep us informed will ya?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and more news of the ongoing boiler repairs:

http://www.2857.org.uk/2857_news.html

Should be a further update in a few days time as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The promised update is now here:

http://www.2857.org.uk/2857_news.html
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a clip of 2857 climbing to Bewdley Tunnel on Sunday 23rd April 1989, during the Spring Gala.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cPkcQ2oIAE
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talking of overhauls, there is a recent update on the 2857 website: http://www.2857.org.uk/2857_news.html

3 special letters have been applied! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely job. I can't make my mind up which engine is most fun to be on, this, or 7325. It's probably a draw, although you can leave more guards behind with the 28! Olly will have to get into training!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xpc smooth wrote:
. . . . you can leave more guards behind with the 28! Olly will have to get into training!
Am I to assume there would be a tale of much mirth and embarrassment were you to tell all?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

boldford wrote:
xpc smooth wrote:
. . . . you can leave more guards behind with the 28! Olly will have to get into training!
Am I to assume there would be a tale of much mirth and embarrassment were you to tell all?


Not especially, and not about Olly5764, it was before his time; in fact, he was probably still an egg. Back in the mid-80s, I was on the 28 with Brian Thomas for a week. Despite what you may have heard, Brian was quite a good mate on the footplate and, once I'd got a grip of him, we got on very well. He was actually quite game for a laugh and I'd pointed out to him that the 28 was extremely quick off the mark, particularly the way he drove.

I had noticed that, with Arley switched out and us running through the main platform with an 8 - coach set, the guard had to step out rather a long way from the train to wave his flag...

A well-prepared and poised crew, with the train held on the tender handbrake by the fireman, driver in full forward gear, with full vacuum and hand on the regulator, meant that "Rightaway!" was just that. Brian opened the regulator wide, I spun the handbrake off and the 28 took off like a scalded cat. The guard, still looking at us, suddenly noticed that his train, some fifteen yards away, was accelerating rapidly and had to break into a run, on to the platform, then after his rapidly receding open door. Of course, you could only do it to them once, but with a different guard nearly every day...

To anyone who has yet to have the pleasure, an 8 - coach set is just a minor inconvenience to a 28XX.

Juvenile? Of course!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another update on the 2857 website, showing that the boiler repair is now 'substantially complete'.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't wait for it to come out, any news on it's return date?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJEvans wrote:
I can't wait for it to come out, any news on it's return date?
Considering how few qualified footplate crew members continue to actually work on the locos to assist the paid staff (let alone those few with any real engineering skills) is it any surprise how protracted some of these restorations can be?
Remarkably, 2857 (unlike some other engines that have passed through works in recent years) does have a very strong volunteer input.
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