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Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:13 pm
by Chris Meredith
Another successful trip on Saturday's "Surrey Hills", left Victoria 1' late, arrived backed RT, a few signal and regulation delays en-route, loco performed without fault.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:46 pm
by Chris Meredith
Clan Line has passed FTR, duly prepared and polished for tomorrow's UKRT 'Wessex Lunch'. Water stops will be at Grateley and Basingstoke, we shall also to be topping up with coal as a precaution at each of these locations to ensure no shortages en-route as the trip consists of 217 miles plus ECS movements.
The DBC train crews consists of the following:
Stewarts Lane-Victoria-Grateley: Driver Wayne Thompson (Eastleigh), Fireman Jim Clarke (Hither Green), Traction Inspector Don Clarke (Jim's dad).
Grateley-Southampton-Basingstoke: Driver Wayne Thompson, Fireman Rob Binsted (Eastleigh), Traction Inspector Geoff Ewans
Basingstoke-Victoria-Stewarts Lane: Driver Rob Binsted, Fireman Paul Major (Hoo Junction), Traction Inspector Geogff Ewans

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:14 am
by Chris Meredith
Yesterday's "Wessex Lunch" was once again another successful outing for Clan Line. The locomotive as us usual performed in impeccable style, the load consisted of 13 bogies equal to 474 tons net, well over 500 tons gross. The running was slightly marred by light rain which caused greasy rail conditions this necessitated cautious and skilful handling on the part of the drivers. Leaving Basingstoke after the water stop even time was made by Farnborough 14 1/2 mile in the same number of minutes, the arrival back at Victoria was 2 1/2 minutes early.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:52 pm
by Chris Meredith
Since returning from last Saturday's "Wessex Lunch" some preventive maintenance has been taking place at Stewarts Lane. The smoke deflectors have been removed in order for access to be gained to the glands where the steam pipes pass through the smoke box to be made airtight as they have been filling up with char which is likely to cause corrosion. Whilst they are off the smoke deflectors are being repainted together with the smokebox and the smokebox door. A new gasket will be fitted to the air compressor where there has been a slight steam leak, also the front packings of the steam chests have been cleaned in order to allow more free play with the springs. The driver's side motion has been partially dismantled to remove the combination lever in order for new bushes to be machined for it. More work will continue in order to be ready for our next trip on The Belmond "Surrey Hills" on 19th December.
To see more go to the Clan Line Facebook page.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:39 am
by Chris Meredith
Passed FTR and all ready to go for today's Surrey Hills. The conditions should be ideal for photographers who appreciate sun, frost & cold weather exhaust effects. Since our last trip some minor maintenance has been carried including repainting the smokebox & smoke deflectors to bring them up to the standard that the society expects, this is prior to the scheduled boiler washout after Christmas and winter outage period for maintenance in January. The loco has now completed approximately 3200 miles since the return from Crewe last June, she is performing better than ever.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:08 pm
by Chris Meredith
Another successful trip completed yesterday with no reported problems.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:08 am
by Chris Meredith
Clan Line is currently undergoing it's annual maintenance period & examination. The boiler has been washed out and inspected in a cold condition, a steam test has subsequently been carried out prior to a further steam test and detailed examination by an inspector. For further details and photos see the news section of our website.

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:41 pm
by Train Spotter
Hope there are no problems with clan line on 10th February as I'm Looking forward to having my first trip on clan line as part of my birthday....

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:44 am
by Chris Meredith
Our winter maintenance has now been completed, the boiler was inspected this week as part of a live steam test and recertification has been done by the boiler inspector for insurance purposes. We will be working tomorrow's Surrey Hills subject to passing FTR today, this shouldn't be a problem. Although Clan Line was not booked to work this train we have been asked to cover instead of 60009 which is unavailable. The loco should now be in tip top condition all ready for another season.
As a matter of interest tomorrow's train will be the first time steam will have been through the new platform 0 at Redhill!

Re: CLAN LINE

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:14 pm
by Chris Meredith
The loco has passed it's FTR is cleaned and polished ready for 'The Surrey Hills' Pullman tomorrow.