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The SAR class 26 "Red Devil" to be restored

Discussion in 'International Heritage Railways/Tramways' started by 240P15, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. 240P15

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    Part 8 and 9 :)





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    Steam test.

     
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    Coming late to this thread so I haven’t yet caught up with all the videos. Has it been announced whether it is being restored with all the Wardale modifications reinstated?
     
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    From what I heard it will not. But It will be a great looking engine anyway:)

    Knut
     
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    I guess so, although Wardale is the only reason this loco is significant compared to any other 25NC
     
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    When did they start doing this? Surely not when this thread started?
     
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    About two weeks before it seems! Looks like the middle of March when work was started in earnest.
     
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    How on earth did they do it so quick? I guess their boiler regime is less tight than in the UK?
     
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    She`s back!:Woot:



    kind regards,
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    Another and very great clip from YouTube!:)



    kind regards,

    Knut:)
     
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    What a fantastic sight, one that many of us thought would never happen again.
     
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    Yes, which confirm the saying 'never say never' ;)
     
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    Thanks for your link sir!:)
    I might be wrong ,but it surprise me that the restoration of this icon seems to gather so little interest by the advanced steam group? It isn`t even mentioned at their web page.

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    I don't think they are as active since they were unable to attract the funding to develop detailed plans and then a prototype.
     
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    If the advanced modifications have been reversed then is there any relevance for the advanced steam group? Perhaps if there was a plan to reinstate them :) It’s obviously not my place to say what anyone should do but the loco is clearly in the hands of a capable team. Fabulous video - good to see it running again.
     
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    From my understanding many of the modifications were undone for convenience of spare parts/sustainability and maintenance of a one off and started before even Wardale had left South Africa. (and as mentioned in his book) Some things can not be undune - however - very easily, so the cylinder modifications remain. I'm not certain if the lubrication systems remains as intended. The Gas Producer auxiliaries were removed and conventional grates re-instated. The overfire air holes are still there but had been blanked off, though they may be reopened again. An injector was re-fitted very quickly but the feedwater heater lasted until it corroded too much and is now gone. The V chimneys also remain, though I do not know if the lempor nozzles are still in place. These were particularly troublesome to get fabricated correctly so most likely not when replacement came/comes necessary.
     
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    Great news ,might go again to see her .Colour seems to be a bit different than in my May 2002 shot at Aston on a mixed train. Quite a slippery creature ,severe snaches of the coupling at times after bouts of slipping. Not a comfortable ride in the rear coach ,very light load as well.
     

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    Thanks a lot for your picture! :) I have also read that it was a quite slippery engine caused by it`s enormous power. I wonder if this could have been improved if they had equipped the trailing truck with a booster?

    Knut
     
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    As for the Lempor orifices, somewhere on the internet is a picture of the present orifices. Single with a crude crossbar. Clearly the issue with exhaust pressures beyond 11 psi is not understood and the effect
    from 4 separate jets in the chimneys is neglected.
     

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