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1338 update 6.

Posted by davey4270 , 14 August 2017 - - - - - - · 73 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 - - - - - - · 188 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 - - - - - - · 326 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 - - - - - - · 134 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 - - - - - - · 176 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 - - - - - - · 127 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 - - - - - - · 161 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 - - - - - - · 153 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.  


1338 update 1.

Posted by davey4270 , 20 June 2017 - - - - - - · 297 views

Back at Crymlyn A shop work has restarted on the contract for Kitson to build a locomotive for the Cardiff Railway company.  
The foreman is pleased that Baldrick's cunning plan seems to be successful as the boiler, smoke box and saddle tank has been successfully refitted to the  
footplate/cab assembly. This will make it much easier to refit t...


Y12 Banana Van.

Posted by davey4270 , 02 June 2017 - - - - - - · 107 views

A banana van recently repainted waits outside Crymlyn A shop.  Our foreman is not happy as Dai the paint has gone on holiday and has forgotten to paint the "Banana" branding above the load weight.  He is also confused as to whether a XP branding should be applied to a 9' wheelbase fitted wagon.  According to Paul Bartlett on an RMWeb thre...


Y12 & V18

Posted by davey4270 , 26 May 2017 - - - - - - · 134 views

At Crymlyn A shop our foreman has resolved the banana van (Y12) buffer problem.  Replacement buffer fittings have arrived from PECO and have been fitted and primed.  It is seen outside the shops next to an earlier V18.  
I've had a problem with a PECO van kit where the buffer heads would not fit into the housings, they were too big....



Posted by davey4270 , 03 May 2017 - - - - - - · 165 views

The Crymlyn A shop foreman has been told to install outside lights.  He is not too confident in this new fangled electrickery stuff but has installed 2 lights outside the shed.  Dai the paint has given them a coat of some left over paint from a Charles Meehan order.  The foreman is now happier as he has discovered that this makes it imposs...


Strike at Graig Wen Colliery Latest.

Posted by davey4270 , 24 April 2017 - - - - - - · 407 views

The recent new build wagons from Crymlyn A Shop are waiting for their first load at Graig Wen Colliery.  Unfortunately a labour dispute has caused a strike preventing the wagons from being loaded.  It is hoped that this will soon be resolved and work will start in a week or so.
The 3 works shunters are lined up out of use along with on hire 1...


Progress on CYNON & VICTOR GREY 3.

Posted by davey4270 , 20 April 2017 - - - - - - · 121 views

Secondly the wagons for VICTOR GREY and CYNON COLLIERY have passed through the paint shop and had their final coat of  varnish.  Dai the paint is looking forward to the Bank Holiday for a well earned rest!  ​He's been offered double time and a day in lieu but said that he didn't fancy a day trip to Cornwall!  The picture shows how th...



Posted by davey4270 , 20 April 2017 - - - - - - · 278 views

There's been much progress in Crymlyn A shop as the lads work towards the May Bank Holiday.  Firstly the foreman has received the artwork for the next private owner wagon order.  It is for two single wagons to CLYNE VALLEY COLLIERY and NEW BROOK COLLIERY.  Dai the paint will be hoping for some overtime when the wagons are erected.  ...


Progress on CYNON & VICTOR GREY. 2.

Posted by davey4270 , 11 April 2017 - - - - - - · 82 views

Progress has been slow at Crymlyn A Shop.  The foreman is away inspecting the work of a rival carriage & wagon company  who are building suburban coaches so advantage was taken of his absence to sneak a picture.  The internal ironwork has been painted and the capping strips have been painted in the wagon's body colour.  The rathe...


Progress on CYNON & VICTOR GREY.

Posted by davey4270 , 14 March 2017 - - - - - - · 108 views

I managed to sneak into Crymlyn A shop without being seen by the foreman. A quickly taken photo shows progress on Cynon and Victor Grey. Some of the internal planking and coach bolt heads are visible on Victor Grey and on Cynon advantage has been taken to paint some areas that will be inaccessible when the wheel sets are fitted. Unpain...



Posted by davey4270 , 23 February 2017 - - - - - - · 123 views

Outside Crymlyn A shop NEW GORWYDD and REDGRAVE wagons join CILFREW and GELLYCEIDRIM. 
The foreman has been frantically telephoning the mainline railway company to find out when the wagons will be collected as they are running out of space! 
The refurbished ex L.M.S.R. brake van, also to be collected, lurks in the background. 
The half top...



Posted by davey4270 , 20 February 2017 - - - - - - · 288 views

Back at Crymlyn A shop our foreman has received the art work for the next 2 PO wagon orders. Dai the paint is going to be busy for the next few weeks.
Our foreman has completely forgotten about the piston rod incident with Kitson 1338 but unfortunately rumour has it that work is to restart a few weeks. Who will draw the short straw to tell him?...



Posted by davey4270 , 17 February 2017 - - - - - - · 253 views

Progress at Crymlyn A shop.
The foreman is pleased with the men's work. Dai the paint has nearly finished, some touching up of the black areas required to complete. The wagons will be varnished before the buffers and draw gear are fitted. We don't suppose they will stay this clean for long in service. These models are constructed from POWsides 7...

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