Section 7D.6D (June & July)

IT is hoped that the Severn Valley Railway can re-open from 1st August 2020 if all goes according to plan.

In the meantime The Railwaymans Arms (Bridgnorth) & The King & Castle (Kidderminster) Pubs are likely to re-open on Saturday 4th July according to the latest Government Guidelines on Coronavirus.

 

We are expecting to be allowed to return to work on the Railway at Bewdley sometime in July

- Watch this space.

 

It was intended that the new boiler would have been on order by now but this has had  to be delayed due the advent of Coronavirus and also the fact that minor design modification have been foumd necessary to eliminate the use of existing internal components off old boiler. Thus the new boiler will be entirely 'new' and built in line with current boiler regulations (no use of 'Grandfather Rights). This will ensure a much longer boiler life but will cost more than original quotation. The boiler will be ordered through the SVR but will be constructed by Israel Newton in Derbyshire. It is anticipated that a new smokebox and cast chimney will also be required.

MW2047 Restoration Progress - June 2020

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926  'Warwickshire'

 

During Lockdown Carl Jones has been

busy at home making 32 new fitted bolts

needed to retain new buffer beams in

place. These bolts have been made slightly

oversize and the holes in the new beams

and loco frames will need to be reamed to suit.

 

(photo:   Carl Jones)

MW2047 Restoration Progress - July 2020

Work on 0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' resumed on Sunday 19th July 2020 with Carl Jones, Andy Poole, Mike & Brian Hill present at SVR Bewdley working under restrictions imposed due to Covid-19.

Attention to MW2047 axleboxes, removal of loose items, and brake rigging was made secure. Locomotive is now chocked but otherwise mobile. The 1501-2047 working group under the leadership of Carl jones has been established with all group members obtaining prevent Covid-19 Certificates. The remaining working group members (Robin Jones, David & Richard Cooke) are scheduled to attend on Sunday 26th July and are hoping to start carrying out tasks from a list drawn up the team leader. More details next week.

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

First view of locomotive after four

months  of lockdown and enforced

closure due to Coronavirus at SVR

Bewdley on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

Another view of locomotive following

a four month closure of the Railway

due to Coronavirus at SVR Bewdley

on Suday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

Ashpan moved to a safer location next

to perimeter fence at  SVR Bewdley

on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

Sign of the times (the new normal?)

with David Cooke wearing a visor,

one of the required Coronavirus

protection devices (face masks also

available) to enable restoration

work to restart at SVR Bewdley

on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   Richard Cooke)

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

View of rear of old bunker showing

lamp brackets still in place at

SVR Bewdley 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

Lamp brackets after being removed

from rear of bunker at SVR Bewdley

on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

New bufferbeams alongside locomotive

after being given another coat of red

oxide and potective cover at SVR

Bewdley on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

Locomotive components (including cab

sides, smokebox door and firebox hoops)

moved to a safer location at SVR Bewdley

on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

Underside of LH front footplate with

one bolt securing leading sandbox

removed and one remaining at SVR

Bewdley on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

More success on underside of front RH

footplate with both bolts securing

leading sandbox removed at SVR

Bewdley on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

New bufferbeam strengthening angles

(heavy duty) after being given a coat

of red oxide primer at SVR Bewdley

on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

Remaining new bufferbeam angles (top)

  also given a coat of red oxide primer at

SVR Bewdley on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

 

Removed rear bunker lamp brackets

and RH leading sandbox lid awaiting

restoration at SVR Bewdley

on Sunday 26th July 2020.

 

(photo:   David Cooke)