LRJA No1 is back

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LRJA No1 is back

Post by TommyDodd » Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:14 pm

At age 15 I bought my first loco, an SLK1. It was £50 and earned with the proceeds of my first summer job, cleanup in a roadside cafe at £1 an hour, so in terms of earning power cost me more in sweat than a Wrekin would today. For seven years "she" was my one and only loco and ran everywhere, until Dark Horse arrived in 1993 and she became reserve engine and was eventually sidelined for an overhaul and rebuilt. The round tuit never arrived, and she spent many years in bits gathering dust in a biscuit tin on the workshop shelf, until finally DLRDan offered to do the job (and a repaint too). Off went the bits to Blyth, and they came back last month looking like this.

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Well, after that the only thing to do was fill 'er up and set fire to her. Steaming mamods is a bit like riding a bicycle- you never forget where everything goes and what it does. Of course, if it was 20 years since you last rode and it's a very different engine with bits it didn't have before (like a straight-thru lubricator) or bits that aren't quite where your fingers expect to find them (like the regulator on the new boiler) it's a bit more challenging, but she helpfully reminded me where the too-hot-to-touch bits were and soon the safety valve was hissing, and it was train time.


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This is a historic moment for the LRJA, because the last time this loco ran I hadn't built this railway and didn't even live in this house, so this is No1's first journey on the Horncastle branch. A picked out a short train, but still longer than typical mamod fare given that I mostly use heavy wooden brandbright wagons with all steel running gear. I needn't have worried, as she strolled away with it under perfect control.


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After several topups and a nice long run the line was starting to get busy as guests lit up (Dan had come for one of our regular steamups and brought back Andrew Raymond at the same time) so I shunted the train into the transfer sidings at Wragby, because it's always satisfying to complete a journey under power rather than running out of something on the main line, and took one more picture before blowing out the fire and resuming hosting duties.


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Conclusion: Dan's work has not met my expectations, but vastly exceeded them. Both in appearance and performance, the loco is transformed. I was expecting something temperamental to play with occasionally when feeling nostalgic, but instead got a loco thoroughly deserving of a slot on the regular running roster.
Well, now we know the buffer-stops work! (Heard at 2013 "Longest Day" solstice steamup)

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Post by kandnwlr » Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:41 pm

Always a satisfying feeling when a well-loved engine starts without coaxing first time at a new location. Nice pics too :D

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Post by laalratty » Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:48 pm

Never under estimate Dan's skills with mamods, anyone who has seen one fettled by him will testify how well they run!
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Post by Andrew » Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:17 pm

laalratty:101730 wrote:Never under estimate Dan's skills with mamods, anyone who has seen one fettled by him will testify how well they run!
Hmmmmm, I'll have to remember that when I've got a little spare cash... My Mamod and IP Jane both need a little work but aren't a high priority at the moment because of the gradients that are going into my new line. They're of similar sentimental value to "Andrew Raymond" though - my Mamod was bought when I was 13 using the proceeds of a paper round...

Glad you've got your Mamod back TommyD, sounds like you had fun. And I've never thought about it but you're so right about not fizzling out at the end of a run...

All the best,

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Post by Big Jim » Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:55 pm

Looks great Tommy.
I know all about sentimental attachments to Mamods.
My first one Prince is awaiting a turn in the workshop although I don't think much apart from the frames and the superstructure is original (bit like the real Prince I suppose.)
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Post by Chris Cairns » Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:07 pm

Looks very nice in blue.

Couple of questions: -

Chimney - Mike Chaney or one of the 16mm NGM ones?

Replacement Wheels - Manufacturer?

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Post by TommyDodd » Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:42 pm

Wheels are from the sadly-defunct Salem. Not sure about the chimney though- could be Salem or Chaney but it was a looong time ago,
Well, now we know the buffer-stops work! (Heard at 2013 "Longest Day" solstice steamup)

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Post by dougrail » Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:17 pm

Excellent article, thanks for that writeup TommyDodd - always good to see a long unused engine resurrected and transformed into a well-worthy steed 8)

Chimney's a Salem. I had a loco ['Second Chance'] which when bought came with a full user history.

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Post by Vallon. » Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:25 pm

Looks very nice !
See you soon !

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