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Sunday, 21 April 2013 01:00

Of departing vans and hydraulic fans

21st April 2013

We had little enough time to lick our wounds this week. On Tuesday we were due to load the Palvan at Scunthorpe and the new owner had asked Andrew to set up the transport. Heanors had been booked, with one of their folding neck trailers where the rails are not only in the deck but across the neck as well. We have used these trailers before, and they're OK up to about 30tons, so the 8ton box van was easy.

Published in 2013 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 31 March 2013 00:00

Of belts and bases

31st March 2013

I'm getting a bit confused this week. It wasn't just all this snow fall that has come down merely a week before Easter, but with our daughter and her fiance arriving Thursday night it has felt like the wrong day all weekend. Actually, on Wednesday, having to head that on business, I dropped in to Llanuwchllyn to pick up a 16mm model of mine that I haven't seen for a decade. The railway was getting ready to start the season, and 3 quarry tanks were in steam as the boiler inspector had been there earlier in the day for the annual physical.

Published in 2013 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 17 March 2013 00:00

Of respect for other people's property

17th March 2013

Having escaped the previous Saturday, I had been roped in to hiring a 3.5ton dropside for a Monday tour of Humberside. Since no local firm had one available, I returned to my old friends in Sheffield and sure enough, the same Y-reg Transit that I have had twice before, with all its old idiosyncrasies (like a speedo that flicks around 10-15mph while you are standing still) and added a new one or two (like the screenwash no longer worked). The purpose of the trip was to continue unloading the Palvan at Scunthorpe, including 3 radiators and the transmission that had failed to work in D2128.

Published in 2013 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 10 February 2013 00:00

Of locos at Scunthorpe

10th February 2013

There have been over two hours of phone calls this week between me, our transmission experts and Twin Disc over in the USA. One of the outcomes is that it may be that our low base pressure on D2128's powershift is the result of the charge pump not delivering sufficient oil. In the manuals we had with the transmission (or to be exact, the manuals that Hunslet supplied with the original locos when they were delivered in 1984) there was no reference to oil delivery rates for the transmission, only acceptable grades.

Published in 2013 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 13 January 2013 00:00

Of remote control

13th January 2013

Firstly, my thanks to all readers who have sent messages of congratulations to me or Andrew after reading the news in last week's blog. I am pleased to report that the next generation of the Briddon clan is putting on weight and doing all the things that babies of that age are supposed to do.

Published in 2013 Jan-Mar
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 01:00

Of one day of in-tent work

4th December 2011

As Andrew was away until Sunday morning, there has only been one day on the collection this week. With a close eye on the weather forecast, we reckoned we had to go to Scunthorpe to ensure all was ready for the movement of D2128’s casing parts to Sheffield for shotblasting, plus other bits, so within an hour of his arriving home, he had breakfasted, changed, loaded the van and we were on our way.

Published in 2011 Oct-Dec
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 01:00

Of Cummins and cancers

4th September 2011

With Andrew on hols, much of this weeks’ instalment revolves around his activities, for reasons which will also come clear.

On Tuesday, as he headed south to Wansford, I departed north to Batley to pick up the latest profiles from my supplier. These included the bracketry for the revamped train brake control for the Drewry, and bits for the alternator, rad filler, compressor intake on “Libby” plus a few bits for “Pluto”.

Published in 2011 Jul-Sep
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

First Entry

July 31st/August 1st 2010

Saturday – Scunthorpe. The 407 was laden down with all the usual kit, plus Andrew’s Cebora MIG welder etc so that he could weld in a replacement section to the radiator filler neck on “Beverley”. I had various little jobs to do, including some bits and bobs on the 03 and replacing a damaged gearbox cylinder air hose on “Bev’” with nylon pipework.

Published in 2010 Jul-Sep
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of lights and locos

19th September 2010

Ever since I went self-employed, if I am at home at lunch time, I seem to end up watching Bargain Hunt over my sandwiches. It has little relevance to this blog, save that it involves auctions, an environment that Mrs B is quite familiar with. Ever since Barclays bank screwed up my business back in 2001, we have watched a particular monthly auction in Sheffield, and over the years a surprising amount of tools and tackle have come our way from there, from swaging machines to sack trucks.

Published in 2010 Jul-Sep
Monday, 18 June 2012 01:00

Of Drewry and snow

28th November 2010

On Monday I was back up to Elsecar, to oversee the departure of Drewry 0-4-0DM 72229. Heanor Haulage arrived pretty well to time, with a folding neck trailer rather than the normal low loading type. This has the advantage that the rails are built into the folding part, and having unfolded, forms an instant ramp.

Published in 2010 Oct-Dec
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