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Clyne Valley & New Brook wagons at Graig Wen Colliery.

Posted by davey4270 , 17 November 2017 - - - - - - · 135 views

1338 shunts newly built New Brook and Clyne Valley Colliery wagons towards the coal loading shed at Graig Wen Colliery for their first load.  After delivering their loads they will work empty to their new owners.
We hope the Crymlyn A Shop foreman is happy with the progress in the Carriage & Wagon Department.


Clyne Valley and New Brook Wagons Completed.

Posted by davey4270 , 12 November 2017 - - - - - - · 114 views

It’s been a busy weekend at Crymlyn Carriage & Wagon Shop.  The foreman is not happy about all the overtime working but Dai the Paint and Percy Verence
have finished varnishing the wagon orders for Clyne Valley and New Brook Colleries.  No Doubt they will not stay this clean when they enter traffic.
1338 draws the two wagons out of the...


1338 at Pantyffynon Junction.

Posted by davey4270 , 09 November 2017 - - - - - - · 106 views

Two takes on 1338 running through Pantyffynon Junction. 


9642 at Pantyffynon Junction.

Posted by davey4270 , 09 November 2017 - - - - - - · 95 views

9642 pilots a failed Jinty through Pantyffynon Junction with a Shrewsbury to Swansea train.  



Posted by davey4270 , 07 November 2017 - - - - - - · 296 views

Here at Crymlyn A Shop the artwork for the next two P.O. wagon orders has arrived.  
No doubt Dai the Paint will be working overtime for the next few weeks.  
Two almost complete wagons can be seen at the back of the shop with 1338.  
​The wagons are waiting for a coat of varnish and buffers & couplings to be fitted  
​The wagon...



Posted by davey4270 , 24 October 2017 - - - - - - · 151 views

There’s been little activity in the main erecting bay at Crymlyn A Shop but Dai the Paint and Charlie the Chippy have been busy in the Carpentry Shop.  1338 is shunting two new wagons into a different bay for their brake gear to be fitted.  This time, due to complaints, they have picked two wagons with non Welsh words for our English readers....


1338 on show.

Posted by davey4270 , 13 October 2017 - - - - - - · 193 views

It’s been a quiet week here at Crymlyn A Shop.  Work has stopped on locomotive 1140 due to a late delivery of brake components.
Percy Verence and Owen the spanner have failed to construct the water tank.  It has been sent to outside contractor MINERVA Manufacturing Railway Company for assembly.
The foreman has been testing a new turntable....


1140 update 1.

Posted by davey4270 , 03 October 2017 - - - - - - · 336 views

Work at Crymlyn A Shop today has involved fitting cylinder cladding, front & back cylinder covers and the front and rear buffer plank support brackets.  
The lower slide bars have also been attached to the slide bar support brackets.  
Some packing is needed for the top support brackets and advantage was taken for a quick picture while the...


Abdrew Barclay 1140

Posted by davey4270 , 29 September 2017 - - - - - - · 374 views

This week at Crymlyn A Shop some progress has been made on the Andrew Barclay contract locomotive 1140.  A visit by the A.B. engineer, Mr. Trevor Cousins, solved some of the problems with the frames resulting in a silky smooth running chassis.  The motion bracket, cylinder frames and slide bars have been erected on the L/H engine.  Visib...


1338 update 8.

Posted by davey4270 , 15 September 2017 - - - - - - · 118 views

At Crymlyn A Shop the final touches have been added to The Kitson contract loco 1338.  British Railways did not want the Builders plates to be attached and it only remains to apply the BR emblem to the tank sides and the front number plate.  T he bell support was modified to a design favoured by Swansea Docks and the bell fitted.  The fo...


1338 update 7.

Posted by davey4270 , 06 September 2017 - - - - - - · 169 views

After the weekends overtime at Graig Wen colliery, Telford the Crymlyn A Shop boyos have been hard at work on 1338.  A minor problem encountered was buffer compression/drawbar stretching on a very tight curve.  This caused the locomotive to slow when coupled to its wagons shunting over this curve. This was not a problem when running light engi...


Graig Wen, Telford.

Posted by davey4270 , 05 September 2017 - - - - - - · 176 views

The Crymlyn A Shop foreman was extremely pleased that locomotive 1338, built under contract for Kitson, performed faultlessly on its running in trials at Graig Wen colliery, Telford.  It will now return to Crymlyn A Shop for final fitting out.  The team at Crymlyn A Shop and Graig Wen colliery would like to thank all their friends for their com...


1338 update 6.

Posted by davey4270 , 14 August 2017 - - - - - - · 100 views

1338 has arrived at Graig Wen Colliery ready for running in and acceptance trials.  
​The Crymlyn A Shop foreman hopes that these will be successful at the Telford show next month.  
The locomotive will then return to the shops for minor details to be completed.  
​Baldrick's cunning plan has worked well but the foreman has refused to giv...


1338 update 5.

Posted by davey4270 , 10 August 2017 - - - - - - · 215 views

I managed a quick photograph of 1338 by sneaking through a hole in the fence behind Crymlyn A Shop.  Unfortunately I was caught by a very irate foreman before being ejected.  It looks like Baldrick's cunning plan has worked!  ​There's still much detailing work to complete but the foreman hopes that it will undertake some light running in...


1338 update 4.

Posted by davey4270 , 21 July 2017 - - - - - - · 342 views

Meanwhile, here at Crymlyn A Shop, Baldrick's cunning plan is coming to fruition.  
Head fitter, Owen the Spanner and fitters mate Percy Veerance have successfully reassembled the motion to 1338.  
Now where's that smoke box door?  


Dai the Paint's overtime.

Posted by davey4270 , 10 July 2017 - - - - - - · 157 views

Here at Crymlyn A shop we see the result of Dai the Paint's weekend overtime.  
​I just love "Halford's" matt black. It covers so easily.  
​The bearings and crossheads have been covered with BluTac, slidebars and piston rods masked with tape.  


Night Shift at Crymlyn A Shop.

Posted by davey4270 , 07 July 2017 - - - - - - · 187 views

The night shift at Crymlyn A Shop have been working hard, for a change, cleaning the frames and footplate/cab assembly ready for Dai the Paint.  Our foreman has been very generous, for a change, and allowed Dai the Paint to work some overtime on the weekend to paint the frames of the Kitson contract  loco 1338.  Our foreman is obviously...


1338 update 3.

Posted by davey4270 , 04 July 2017 - - - - - - · 152 views

Here at Crymlyn A Shop Dai the solder has been hard at work fabricating and fitting a Swansea Docks bell bracket to 1338.  When the foreman was asked if he remembered this fitting he said that "it didn't ring any bells" Ouch.  Is that a yellow spot on the cab side?  ​I found a spare bell mounting bracket left over from an earlier Agenoria...


1338 update 2.

Posted by davey4270 , 23 June 2017 - - - - - - · 181 views

Today's work at Crymlyn A shop has involved adding detail and minor fitting to Kitson 1338.  A long dreaded task has been to fit the piston rod stuffing glands.  This involved a partial reassembling of the valve gear to set the clearances. I.e. make sure it still moves!  A big thank you to the Shop Gofor Baldrick whose cunning plan has a...



Posted by davey4270 , 21 June 2017 - - - - - - · 175 views

An EVANS & BEVAN wagon from an earlier Crymlyn A shop contract is seen outside Graig Wen loco shed awaiting minor running repairs.  
​The model was constructed from a POWSIDES kit about 12 months ago.  
The wagon was owned by the coal mining concern and not the brewery.  

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