April 2019 Update

Special Events for Members in 2019:

Thursday 9th May 2019:

*Last call for the annual OBBO Trip*

A morning or afternoon full return trip behind 7802 from Kidderminster with food and liquid refreshments served in the Observation Coach during the journey.

Cost per return journey inclusive of food and light refreshments — held at 2018 prices — £ 36 for the morning trip and £26 for the afternoon trip. Family and friends are welcome to join us.

Limited places still available on the morning trip with a few more on the afternoon trip.

To book or for more information please contact:
Peter Evans
: 01527 861236
Mobile: 07808 763886
Email: peterevans3105@outlook.com
Address: Iona, Chequers Lane, Wychbold, Droitwich Spa, Worcs WR9 7PH

Maintenance Round-up

There has been plenty of activity during March and April both at Bridgnorth and Tyseley.

7812 Erlestoke Manor:

At Tyseley Locomotive Works, work continues to prepare 7812 Erlestoke Manor’s frames for re-wheeling.

With 7812 (and 4936) in the background, John Whitcomb and Steve Owen are applying the second coat of primer to the driving wheelset on 29th March [Photo: Des Ainsworth

Three weeks later on 19th April, the coupled wheelsets have received a coat of gloss black. (The right hand wheelset is not one of 7812’s.) [Photo: Paul Spence]:

On 24th April, the regular volunteer party were working on a number of activities: [All photos: Adrian Hassell]:

Jimmy Norris removing the hinges from the vacuum pump running plate cover ready for replacements to be welded on
Paul Spence makes a start on cleaning up the vacuum brake cylinder:
With the vacuum brake reservoir now removed to allow access, Ian Whitlam is seen needle gunning the front drag box:
Bill Burnett refits a brake hanger bracket to the frames of 7812:
Alignment equipment has been set up by Tyseley Locomotive Works staff in readiness for aligning the coupled and driving wheel axleboxes:

Finally, two new W valve links to fit above the regulator handle have recently been cut out by young SVR footplate volunteer and active EMF member Dougie Hutton from CAD drawings prepared by Stephen Burnett for this rather awkward shaped item. One will be fitted to 7812 where the original is very worn, and they now need case hardening to ensure they don’t wear out once in service:

7802 Bradley Manor:

Following it return from the Great Central Railway in February, 7802 Bradley Manor had some minor scheduled attention and annual insurance exam prior to the commencement of the 2019 SVR running season.

Work included removal, painting and refitting of loose firebox backhead cladding in the cab, as seen on 3rd March [Both photos: Leo Roberts]

4,000 gallon tender T2792:

The replacement centre axle from SDR Engineering, Buckfastleigh for tender T2792 that ran behind 7802 Bradley Manor until the start of 2018, was being prepared in early March.

Following two coats of primer and two coats of undercoat, Steve Owen applies the first coat of chassis black at Bridgnorth shed on 3rd March [Photo: Leo Roberts]

On 10th April the defective axle was swapped out, seen here being lowered out using the Bridgnorth wheel drop [Photo: Des Ainsworth]:


Back in traffic, 7802 Bradley Manor makes an imposing sight passing approaching Eardington station during the SVR Spring Steam Gala on 17th March [Photo: John Oates]:
7802 arrives at Arley with the 2.00pm Kidderminster – Bridgnorth on 16th April [Photo: John Oates]:

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