Llewellyn Loco Works #1

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Peter Butler » Wed May 23, 2018 10:09 am

Come on now..... you've been out and bought new ones, haven't you?
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Wed May 23, 2018 10:10 pm

Peter Butler wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 10:09 am
Come on now..... you've been out and bought new ones, haven't you?

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by FWLR » Thu May 24, 2018 7:19 am

Red room, our toolroom was called “The Blue Room”….mainly because a couple of the guys were members of the local Railway Club, that had a room for committee members only which was called “The Blue Room”. :) :)

I joined when my parents asked me to go with them for a drink…..couldn’t believe how cheap the drinks were then! :D :D :D
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sat May 26, 2018 10:37 pm

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Thu May 24, 2018 7:19 am
Red room, our toolroom was called “The Blue Room”….mainly because a couple of the guys were members of the local Railway Club, that had a room for committee members only which was called “The Blue Room”. :) :)

I joined when my parents asked me to go with them for a drink…..couldn’t believe how cheap the drinks were then! :D :D :D
There is a "Blue Room" here as well, but only for work. :(

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sat May 26, 2018 10:56 pm

Yesterday was one of those Saturdays that one is grateful to have a heart beat.
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and what made it so special was being with a very good crew of trainee mates and a good tutor who goes by the name of Adrian.
I have done a wee bit of firing before (nothing that be could called remotely proficient) and it was nice to to get it down the front of the 8" long grate, after a wee bit of practice and not hook it all to the left or make too much of Turkey's nest in the middle. A long way to go but.............
Also got a wee drive up and down the Gympie yard, a first for me.


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The 2000 Class Railmotors waiting, for the branch to be opened and trips with happy families. These have Rolls Royce Engines.

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Peter Butler » Sat May 26, 2018 11:06 pm

A great day and good to have some time for yourself.... I bet you heart beat just a little bit faster!
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by daan » Sat May 26, 2018 11:38 pm

Nice loco's! I can imagine that it needs some practice to keep a fire going in these kind of machines..
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by IanC » Sat May 26, 2018 11:50 pm

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Sat May 26, 2018 10:56 pm

I have done a wee bit of firing before (nothing that be could called remotely proficient) and it was nice to to get it down the front of the 8" long grate, after a wee bit of practice and not hook it all to the left or make too much of Turkey's nest in the middle. A long way to go but.............
It all comes with practice. It soon becomes second nature. Wide fireboxes are the hardest to master. LNER engines can be difficult to fire through the "cat flap", especially if they have a long narrow firebox.

It's a fantastic feeling though when it all goes well and you have a good mate on the footplate. Days don't come much better. :D

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sun May 27, 2018 3:46 am

IanC wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 11:50 pm
Hydrostatic Dazza wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 10:56 pm

I have done a wee bit of firing before (nothing that be could called remotely proficient) and it was nice to to get it down the front of the 8" long grate, after a wee bit of practice and not hook it all to the left or make too much of Turkey's nest in the middle. A long way to go but.............
It all comes with practice. It soon becomes second nature. Wide fireboxes are the hardest to master. LNER engines can be difficult to fire through the "cat flap", especially if they have a long narrow firebox.

It's a fantastic feeling though when it all goes well and you have a good mate on the footplate. Days don't come much better. :D

Ian
Ian , yes, it is great day when you have a good team on the loco and train. The 2 hour drive home after the day is one of reflections of the things that went well or adjustments needed and also the things learnt during the day. Last night it was home for Salmon, home made chips and peas and two glasses of red grape juice to cap it all off. One lives for those days, the other days you have just got to get them over and done with and get on with tomorrow. It is not long now till the Mary Valley Rattler starts operations down the 20km branch. Just waiting on the track to be signed off and we can start learning the road etc. If all goes well, July! :P
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sun May 27, 2018 3:52 am

daan wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 11:38 pm
Nice loco's! I can imagine that it needs some practice to keep a fire going in these kind of machines..
The hard bit is bouncing along on the rough branch line track and getting the swing right, the technique so the coal just flies off the shovel through the fire hole and lands where you want it on demand, 8 feet away. I am yet to master this, but I just need more time firing. By the time I have put 50 to 100 tons onto the grate I hope my driver will no longer laugh or frown down upon me. :oops:
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by IanC » Sun May 27, 2018 9:31 am

Hydrostatic Dazza wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 3:46 am
IanC wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 11:50 pm
Hydrostatic Dazza wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 10:56 pm

I have done a wee bit of firing before (nothing that be could called remotely proficient) and it was nice to to get it down the front of the 8" long grate, after a wee bit of practice and not hook it all to the left or make too much of Turkey's nest in the middle. A long way to go but.............
It all comes with practice. It soon becomes second nature. Wide fireboxes are the hardest to master. LNER engines can be difficult to fire through the "cat flap", especially if they have a long narrow firebox.

It's a fantastic feeling though when it all goes well and you have a good mate on the footplate. Days don't come much better. :D

Ian
Ian , yes, it is great day when you have a good team on the loco and train. The 2 hour drive home after the day is one of reflections of the things that went well or adjustments needed and also the things learnt during the day. Last night it was home for Salmon, home made chips and peas and two glasses of red grape juice to cap it all off. One lives for those days, the other days you have just got to get them over and done with and get on with tomorrow. It is not long now till the Mary Valley Rattler starts operations down the 20km branch. Just waiting on the track to be signed off and we can start learning the road etc. If all goes well, July! :P
It will happen. Dazza. I have had 15 years now on the footplate, and a lot of trips with many engines and drivers. Every one different. The best drivers are the ex BR ones. When you did things daily, as they did, then everything becomes easy and second nature. Experience and practice are invaluable. The bad days are just as valuable from a learning point of view as the good ones.

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by FWLR » Mon May 28, 2018 6:19 am

Just enjoy the moment of having been on the footplate and driving it, even if it was only a little bit, it looked like you had brilliant day….. :thumbright: :thumbright:


It’s a brilliant looking loco too…… :thumbright: :thumbright:
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:17 am

Made a temporary reverser stand and completed the reach rod and pins. I am using this to confirm the eccentric rod lengths. Working on the eccentric rod drawings now.

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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by daan » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:56 am

You get close to testing now.. really close.. Do you make a filmclip of the test please? I am very curious on the way it works.. If as smooth as it looks it will be a treat! :D
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Re: Llewellyn Loco Works #1

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:14 pm

daan wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:56 am
You get close to testing now.. really close.. Do you make a filmclip of the test please? I am very curious on the way it works.. If as smooth as it looks it will be a treat! :D

Yes, getting closer, I am anxious and nervous and I have fears that it all will go bad. I did a lot of redesigning of the valve gear geo. I will take a video when the day comes. I am going to be pulled away some weekends now as the Mary Valley Rattler restarts. If the track is signed off we might be doing light engine trips in the Diesel to learn the 20kms. Exciting times in the Red Room and on the 12" to the foot railway.
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