Portbury Overhaul Update 6

In order to rearrange the two saddle tanks, and to get ‘Henbury’ over the inspection pit, it was necessary to do some shunting using the Ruston diesel shunter, not often seen on the line.
The Ruston itself was in the ‘Barn’, behind the line’s self-propelled crane.

The crane shunts the coal wagon back out of the way.

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With a growl and a puff of smoke, the Ruston creeps out of the barn, collects the two vans (Which double up as a good way of preventing people falling into the pit), and deposits them back outside the shed before heading down to M Shed.

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Dragging the two steam locos out, Portbury deposited in the siding while Henbury heads to the pit.

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Henbury is pushed back into the shed first….

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and Portbury basks in the sun

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This week, she’s been treated to warming fires to test the boiler for any leaks. Sunday saw her courting attention on the quayside.

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Portbury Overhaul Update 5

I was lucky enough to take some holiday last week and have spent the days down at the railway. ‘Portbury’ has been the main focus of attention as she is prepared for her steam tests.

Here’s a few pics I’ve taken over the course of the week.

Firstly, lining in progress (During Harbour Festival)

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Painting up the inside of the frames

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and the coupling links (red oxide first)

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Smokebox front rubbed down and first coat applied

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The obligatory front three quarter view

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More to come…

Portbury Overhaul Update 2

I called in at ‘The Cathedral’ (M Shed MPD) on the way from work today and met Chris, who will be taking on the role of General Manager from David Martin, who has been there since the railway’s inception in 1978.
Chris was repainting much of ‘Portbury’ as she was being reassembled. The hope is to get her ready in time for the Harbour Festival, but the aim is not to rush unnecessarily as ‘Portbury’ will be taking over from ‘Henbury’ as the sole steam locomotive when ‘Henbury’s boiler ticket expires in July 2014.

Pics showing the progress:
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