Elsewhere - www.andrewbriddonlocos.co.uk - you can see the "official" face of the locomotive collection my son has built up. Here on "Weekend Rails" you can read a blow-by-blow account of our work in restoring and improving them.
12th September 2010
Saturday: Rowsley seems to be becoming a second home lately. With me having all my gear in the 407, and Andrew wanting to run the Land Rover to collect some bits for “Coronation”, we ended up taking two vehicles. In the end it was fortuitous that the Land Rover was there, for the Heritage Shunter Trust’s ‘new’ mobile crane was stuck in mud and the Land Rover ended up assisting it on to terra firma.
22nd August 2010
On Monday night Andrew had us pop back over to Rowsley and fire up the ‘14 so that he could set up the rpm range again. We were there barely half-an-hour but that meant that I could return on Thursday afternoon to start driver training, but forgot my camera so no photos of it shuffling around Rowsley re-arranging wagons.
30th August 2010
Andrew has this thing about the last weekends of the month being unproductive, so now seldom schedules major activities for them. As he is also spending some time with his girlfriend, it ended up that Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend was “free”, but Mrs B had scheduled the Friday and Saturday to be “clear the office, replace the carpet and put it all back in tidily” days.
26th September 2010
I have been doing a lot for Andrew this week. For starters having agreed to Plan B for the air cleaners on the ‘14, I started looking for a suitable modern rectangular air cleaner element. I identified 3 from my old Fleetguard catalogue, but a quick call showed that one was obsolete and the others had not been sold in the UK for years.
6th September 2010
No sooner had I committed last week’s saga to the electrons than the phone rang and a former neighbour of ours was congratulating us on the article in Railway Magazine. This came as a surprise since I had been expecting a proof but no matter, a short while later the postman delivered something in a plain brown envelope and there it was for all to see.
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.
16th August 2010
I was consoling myself with a few minutes wander around Matalan on Tuesday morning when the mobile rang and I received the news that the torsional coupling for 14 901 would be ready in about 20 minutes. So I changed my plans for the rest of the day, and by two-thirty I was up in Bradford and collecting a very much better-looking coupling ready to go back into the loco.
7th August 2010
Saturday: Up until lunchtime on Friday, I was supposed to be on site changing the spring on an 0-6-0 for a client, so Andrew had arranged instead to go see his girlfriend. Then a phone call came through that the job had to be postponed so I was at a loose end.
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.