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  1. Its a while since I dropped in here. I thought I would put a little update on things post CV-19 We took the enforced closure from March to July as a time to regroup and work out what direction the railway was headed. We looked at the events done already and with thins knowledge was able to tailor our package to the events that work best for us. The first job was to replace the awful riding car that we had with something more up to the job - a purpose built tender with enough coal capacity for a days running as well as having vacuum braking fitted (which included fitting an ejector to the
  2. Come on everyone! Get your bids in... So whilst everyone is inside setting up we were out in the car park laying track. Welcome to the There and Back Light Railway. We are w portable miniature steam railway and we would love to take your for a ride. We have up to 300 foot of track but we can only offer 200 foot for today's ride. A special for today... all rides are free so come on, steam's up, climb aboard. See more on http://www.thereandbacklightrailway.co.uk or http://www.facebook.com/thereandbacklightrailway
  3. So whilst everyone is inside setting up we were out in the car park laying track. Welcome to the There and Back Light Railway. We are w portable miniature steam railway and we would love to take your for a ride. We have up to 300 foot of track but we can only offer 200 foot for today's ride. A special for today... all rides are free so come on, steam's up, climb aboard. See more on our website http://www.thereandbacklightrailway.co.uk or on facebook http://www.facebook.com/thereandbacklightrailway Dont forget you can bid to come and drive our trai
  4. We are absolutely delighted to be supporting this. We will really make it worthwhile for the winner of the railway experience! Dig deep guys! Steve
  5. A most agreeable plan.... Let me fire up the welder and get some more track made!
  6. Is there room outside for a Virtual Miniature Railway Andy?? http://www.thereandbacklightrailway.co.uk would be happy to attend! Steve
  7. We have a portable miniature steam railway available for events of all descriptions!

  8. Could I take what spotters books are left please? Steve
  9. Well the big news is that we have turned our hobby in to a business... Yesterday we launched the "There and Back Light Railway Company'. We are using the winter to build 200 foot of portable track and take our engine and coach on the road. We will be available for all kinds of events both public and private! Give us a look... www.thereandbacklightrailway.co.uk or There & Back Light Railway on Facebook!
  10. Well that was fun! Thanks to the Rugby Society of Model engineers for welcoming us to their 'Rainsbrook Valley Railway' over the weekend for their Narrow Gauge Gala. A superb track with first class facilities and a very warm welcome. I shall be returning! The track had recently been extended to a mile in length with a daunting climb of 1 in 100 to make the engine work, I won't go in to too much detail but let the pictures speak for themselves. The first two images show the new 'top' station which I believe will be formally opened this coming weekend along with some of the locos
  11. What a rollercoaster of a week! I had planned to take the loco to the track last weekend to try it out before the event and still give me a week to fettle anything arising from the test but sadly it wasn’t to be. I had to wait until last Friday to get it to the track and hope everything went well! Another item of note I had 'Midland Loco Works' make me a new pair of nameplates which I had fitted on the Wednesday in readiness for the first outing... 20190529_203614 by Steve Purves, on Flickr Friday: Arrived at the track around 2pm, unloaded and got the loco in to pl
  12. After sitting dormant in a shed for 17 years, a 2 month fast-track overhaul and a bucket full of midnight oil, Late afternoon on Wednesday this happened... 20190522_172901 by 47845, on Flickr Shortly followed by this.... It held steam and was dry at all the joints, so I slowly raised the pressure up to full working pressure (90psi) to set the safety valves. The are fine if a little slow at reducing the pressure, I shall put some new ones on the 'snag list' for now... 20190522_183241 by 47845, on Flickr With a good hea
  13. its getting close... Well the new tubes turned up on time on Thursday. A quick count and measure to make sure all was well meant that work could begin on the big job! 20190517_181349 by 47845, on Flickr The first task was to anneal the tube ends. This heating (to a dull red) and (slow) cooling cycle changes the structure of the steel and allows it to be 'expanded' in to the tube plates easier. 20190517_182814 by 47845, on Flickr With all the ends treated it was time to start fitting the tubes. Each tube was placed in its respective holes and expa
  14. The boiler tubes are now ordered and will be delivered on Thursday from TSS in South Wales. Luckily there are plenty of other jobs to be cracking on with. I spent Saturday PM refitting the regulator and main steam pipe as can be seen in the attached two photos, both open and closed. 20190511_191728 by 47845, on Flickr 20190511_191732 by 47845, on Flickr I also took this opportunity to refit the gauge g lass fittings (no glass fitted yet so I don't damage it) and washout plugs (the latter at least until the tubes are fitted and it has a final wash out ) 2019
  15. Well after a modest battle over a week I have managed to get all of the tubes out. Image below shows the inside of the boiler barrel water space with just a couple of tubes left to come out. it can be seen how much 'loose scale' is in the bottom of the barrel. this has all come of the outside of the tubes and been scraped off the surface as the tubes were withdrawn from the boiler. 20190504_190014 by 47845, on Flickr The tubes are expanded in which means they are fatter at each end to make the seal with the tubeplate. when hammering out a tube its difficult to break the initial seal
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