It's Friday afternoon here at Crymlyn A Shop and the Manning Wardle No. 29 rebuild for the Great Western Railway Company is almost complete.
Owen the Spanners and Percy Veerance make some final adjustments to a footplate support bracket just in front of the rear wheel while Rhys ap Rhys sits on Baldrick, the Crymlyn A Shop gofer's, wheelbarrow trying to pick a winner at the "Dogs" tonight.
Meanwhile our Foreman, Dai Larfin the stores person, Baldrick, Dai the Paint, several of the girl
Today at Crymlyn A Shop 1143, a locomotive built under contract for the Peckett locomotive Company a few years ago, has retuned for a service, clean and repaint.
Dai the Paint touches up some paintwork while our foreman has been discussing its progress with Owen the Spanners.
Percy Veerance is doing something at the rear of the locomotive while some of the girls from the local leisure centre inspect Baldrick's wheelbarrow.
When Arwel ap Iolo Pain finishes his newspaper he will fit
Today at Crymlyn A Shop No.29, the rebuild contract locomotive for the GWR, is found outside the works.
The cylinders have been fitted and Percy Veerance and Owen the Spanners make final adjustments.
GWR 359, the hudswell Clark contract locomotive for the Llanelly & Mynydd Mawr Railway Company, waits patiently outside the shed for her plates to be fitted.
Dai Larfin, the Crymlyn A Shop stores person, will have to chase up this order as it is now several weeks overdue.
Here at Crymlyn A Shop our foreman has been reprimanded by the Works owners for not updating work progress.
Unfortunately the Boyos have been busy without much progress being visible.
Hopefully a comparison picture of 359 and 29 rear ends will help to illustrate progress.
359, the Hudswell Clarke locomotive for the Llanelly & Mynydd Mawr Railway Company, has successfully passed her acceptance trials at Swindon and Pantyffynnon Junction and will have her plates fitted soon (wat
Today at Crymlyn A Shop things are getting back to normal after the naming ceremony on GWR 359.
This locomotive was built under contract from Hudswell Clarke for the Llanelly & Mynydd Mawr Railway Co.
All the Directors and other Dignitaries of this company were invited to the official naming and handing over ceremony.
This all went very well until the Chairman's wife of the L&MMR, whose name incidentally is Hilda as well as our foreman's wife, uncovered the name plate to f
Today at Graig Wen colliery Pecketts 679 (ex Alexandra Docks & Railway Co.) and No.1 Hercules (acquired by B.R. from Ystalyfera Tin Plate works) await their duties at the W.W.O.G. show on Saturday 2nd. in Bronwydd Village Hall, Carmarthen.
Near the Gwilli Railway.
Today at Graig Wen colliery, ALSRM, Reading, 679 worked the exchange sidings while Hercules shunted the coal loading shed.
Several views of 679 can be seen outside the shed with 1140 and also a close up of her builder’s plate.
Hercules can be seen outside the coal loading shed.
Several of the Boyos can be seen while Rhys ap Rhys still studies form.
Let’s hope our foreman is happy with the day’s work.
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Meanwhile, here in Crymlyn A Shop 679 has been pushed outside ready for her test runs with Hercules her little sister (brother?) at Pantyfynnon Junction Tonight. Our foreman points out a bit that Dai the Paint has missed while Owen the Spanners tightens the cotter puns on 679’s trailing wheel set.
Early evening at Graig Wen Loco and all the Boyos have gone home leaving 1143 to its own devices overnight.
Looks like Baldrick, the Crymlyn A Shop gofor, will have some more ashes to clear up in the morning!
Minor details to complete, hope to send to POWSides early next week.
This particular wagon was fitted with a steel underframe which meant kit bashing a Slaters PO
wagon kit before sending to POWSIDES for the transfers to be applied.
Here at Crymlyn A Shop the foreman is not happy!
After authorising Dai the Paint's overtime on the weekend he came in on Tuesday morning, after one of his rare days off, to find that Dai larfin, the store person, has forgotten to order green paint!
The locomotive for the Peckett W4 contract will now have to be stored in its primer base coat until the delivery of the paint.
All the Boyos are keeping a low profile.
Here at Crymlyn A Shop Dai the Paint is not happy.
Dai Larfin, the store person has still not procured paint to complete the Peckett W4 locomotive so there’ll be no overtime this weekend for him.
The foreman is not happy either as he’s afraid that the Peckett Locomotive Company will invoke penalties for a late delivery.
So he has ordered Baldrick, the A Shop gofor, and Percy Veerance to make a start erecting the frames for another Peckett contract, this time a B1
A quick update from Crymlyn A Shop as an apology for yesterday's poor picture.
The boyos have been busy aligning the frames and machining the cut outs for the horn guides.
Rhys ap Rhys the solder is nowhere to be found so the frames cannot be completed.
The foreman has taken the afternoon off so we can only imagine what he'll say on Monday morning!
There was such a row about being given Christmas Eve off without pay that the Foreman has let them work Saturday morning.
It's Saturday morning here at Crymlyn A Shop and all the Boyos are in on overtime.
Our foreman inspects Dai's work for any spelling mistakes and Dai will be visiting the local optician's as his eyesight has almost expired!
Our Foreman hasn't the heart to tell Dai that the first thing the wagon's new owners will do is to drop 10 ton
The foreman is in a good mood and has allowed them to have Monday off so nobody can call him Scrooge!
Unfortunately for the Boyos he hasn't yet informed them that they will not be paid for it.
The Boyos at Crymlyn A Shop have just finished their last shift before Christmas.
Anyway, the frames for the Peckett B1 contract have had a trial fitting of its cylinders.
This will soon be absorbed by the Great Western Railway and renumbered 679.
Most of the parts are in stock for its construction but unfortunately our foreman is concerned about a lack of these new fangled photograph things of the prototype.
Several are in hand of a sister locomotive numbered 680 but this, apparently, had different cab side sheets and some other minor details.
Would any of our readers be able to help our overstressed foreman with so
Some minor adjustments are being made by Owen the Spanner and Dai the Paint touches up the paintwork.
Our foreman admires the Boyos' work while Baldrick, the Crymlyn A Shop gofor, tidies up ashes in the yard.
It's Monday afternoon here at Crymlyn A Shop and the locomotive for the Peckett W4 class contract has been pushed outside the works for her steam tests.
The results of his work can be seen.
Dai the Steam has been complaining about the
There has been much activity here at Crymlyn A Shop over the last week.
Parry the pipe has manufactured the injectors for Hercules, the Peckett W4 contract locomotive.
He will add the overflow pipes after assembley of the locomotive.
Percy Veerance, Rhys ap Rhys the solder, Owen the Spanners and all the other Boyos have been working really hard to complete the construction of the locomotive.
Baldrick, the A Shop Gofor, has a
Work in the wagon building shed at Crymlyn A Shop has been very quiet of late but our foreman is pleased to announce two new contracts.
These are for Harry D. Evans & Rogers and Ystradgynlais & Yniscedwyn Colliery.
Dai Larfin, the storeman, is pleased that he will only have to order two colours of paint but Dai the Paint, our sign writer, has been suffering from palpitations ever since he saw the artwork!
The last two wagons to complete the contract
Today at Crymlyn A Shop the boyos have been giving some thought to applying a livery to the Peckett W4 class contract locomotive "HERCULES" as there is very little room between the boiler and the footplate in particular.
Baldrick, the A Shop Gofor, suggested that perhaps his "cunning plan" for 1338 could again be utilised.
This involved making the tank/boiler/smokebox assembly detachable from the cab/footplate assembly.
The etched locating ta
Here at Crymlyn A Shop, Dai the paint is worrying about which paint to order for the Peckett contract W4 locomotive, No.1 HERCULES w/n 810.
The only information Dai has for it (him?) is that it was painted green when at Danygraig shed.
Would it have remained in the original Peckett livery from its Ystalyfera Tin Plate works days or a pseudo GWR livery?
We have some pictures, none of which indicate any livery, but any more would be appreciated.