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66xx no.6695

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Nigel Clark, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. Rumpole

    Rumpole Part of the furniture

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    Correct, the last plan I saw was 1946 GWR livery.
     
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    I like the sound of that, I don't think I can remember seeing a 56xx operational in GWR livery! A little extra reasoning to swing by and see her!
     
  3. Azrall

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    I believe you're spot on there, I wasn't part of the conversation, but I heard discussions of 1940's.
     
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    Didn't the Didcot 56xx carry GW livery before it blew a flue?

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    It may have done, but that was a couple of decades before I came on the scene so I've only ever seen it static
     
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    This is 6697 in 2020 showing what I think is an unshaded 1942-1947 livery.: -
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    I think it was in the 1906-1934 "Great Western" livery in the 1970's.
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    It was indeed. I last saw it in steam at Didcot in July 1977 before the superheater flue collapsed causing 6697's withdrawal.
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  8. Pete Thornhill

    Pete Thornhill Resident of Nat Pres Staff Member Administrator Moderator Friend

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    So did 5619 from 1987 until it expired at the GWSR in 1991.

    More recently than that 5637 wore GWR livery when first restored in 2003.
     
  9. Azrall

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    Another big push on 6695 today saw all the cladding fitted. In the coming days it will all be rubbed down and undercoated. Another day closer to steaming!

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    Today saw a big push in 6695's overhaul.

    Both tanks are now fitted and the chimney has been removed for repair and painting. The cab controls etc have also begun taking shape.

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    A quiet weekend today on 6695 as many of us are on well earned holidays.

    The smokebox has been cleaned and undercoated. Cab roof has been cleaned and also coated. Hopefully next weekend it will be fitted to the loco!

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    A small team on site today have sprayed the cab roof in it's first coat today, in preparation for moving to the paint shop later in the summer.

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    Interested to hear that you've sprayed it, for whatever reason I probably wouldn't have expected spraying to be used in a heritage railway context. No idea why and no reason why you can't if it does the job though :)
     
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    The chap who's sprayed it, also sprayed Foremarke Hall when her restoration was complete and it looked fantastic then. So we thought we'd give it a go with 6695. :)
     
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    Last Sunday saw further work completed by the small but dedicated steam loco dept at Blunsdon on the S&CR.

    The Cab roof has been fitted as has drivers side sanding gear and splasher. Brake blocks were also fitted with new bearings machined. The superheater header has also been fitted and the elements will go in this coming Sunday 19th. Injector pipwork has also been fitted and cab controls are slowly going in. She's looking more and more like a loco as each day passes. All being well, we may see her move under her own steam in July.

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    Another busy, but wet Sunday at Blunsdon.

    Today 6695 took another step closer to steam, with the team achieving the following:

    Fitting brake blocks,
    Oil pots and pipwork fitted for axle boxes,
    Superheater elements fitted
    main steam pipes fitted - new studs machined on site for these,
    front buffer beam painted,
    chimney undercoated,

    Not much longer to wait!

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    Very interesting layout of the superheater header, I haven't seen inside the smokebox of a WR loco before! Thank You for sharing these Azrall!

    Richard. :)
     
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    You're very welcome!
    Obviously there's more to go in there yet, Blastpipe, blower ring, spark arresstor - gets a bit cramped in the end!
     
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