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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:39 pm    Post subject: GWR 4-6-0 6023 King Edward II Reply with quote

Extract from the King Edward II Project' web site [published 31 January 2018].
Refer to http://www.6023.co.uk/news/news.htm

31.1.2018 PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GREAT WESTERN SOCIETY

Having carried out a thorough review of the current status of King Edward II and, with great regret, the Great Western Society has decided to postpone its plans to make the loco available for hauling trains on the main line. This was not an easy decision to make as lot of people have put in many hundreds, if not thousands of hours work on restoring the loco from its scrapyard condition as well as the considerable financial contribution made.

In making the decision the following had to be taken into consideration;

 # Need to conclude the testing of the revised draughting.
 # The limited time left on its current boiler certificate around two years.
 # The general turmoil within the steam charter train business at the present time.
 # Route restrictions. Despite Network Rail being as helpful as possible.
 #Cost of loaded test runs.

It has been decided that at the present time it would be unwise to proceed any further with our plans to operate 6023 on the mainline and that it should be postponed, our preferred option being to operate the loco on heritage railways and thereby gain valuable income towards a speedy boiler overhaul once her ticket has expired.

6023 will be moved by road to the SVR in February for testing of the revised draughting, assuming the tests are successful she will participate in their March gala and operate some timetable trains before, subject to agreement, moving to the G&WR for their May gala.

Our aim would be to maintain her in full mainline condition, with all the necessary annual safety checks, etc, so that should the situation change she could operate, once the necessary certification have been obtained, on the mainline.

This forum thread is a snapshot extract from an external web site and is not necessarily updated to reflect change. Always refer back to and check the original the web site to confirm details are still correct.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now on track outside carriage works at Kidderminster.

EDIT Then hauled beyond bridge by shunting loco, not sure where to.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that visiting locos arrived at Bridgnorth so that they could be weighed before travelling along the line. Leaving is of course a different matter.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Video of 6023, hauled away from carriage works.

https://youtu.be/2dj1Ycmq3s0

I hung around for about 30 minutes after the initial clip through the railings, and fortunately it was hauled away and I had a clear view of it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sharpo wrote:
Video of 6023, hauled away from carriage works.

https://youtu.be/2dj1Ycmq3s0

I hung around for about 30 minutes after the initial clip through the railings, and fortunately it was hauled away and I had a clear view of it.


Has it gone to Bridgnorth?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe2027 wrote:
sharpo wrote:
Video of 6023, hauled away from carriage works.

https://youtu.be/2dj1Ycmq3s0

I hung around for about 30 minutes after the initial clip through the railings, and fortunately it was hauled away and I had a clear view of it.


Has it gone to Bridgnorth?

That I don't know, once it had gone beyond the bridge I waited 10 minutes or so to see if it was shunted back into the station - but it wasn't.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sharpo wrote:
Joe2027 wrote:
sharpo wrote:
Video of 6023, hauled away from carriage works.

https://youtu.be/2dj1Ycmq3s0

I hung around for about 30 minutes after the initial clip through the railings, and fortunately it was hauled away and I had a clear view of it.


Has it gone to Bridgnorth?

That I don't know, once it had gone beyond the bridge I waited 10 minutes or so to see if it was shunted back into the station - but it wasn't.


Its going light engine on Saturday.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Called in Kidder before 4pm today and was lucky to see the King steam away from the carriage works yard and then run down both platform roads before heading north, and the sun was shining!



5 photos in my gallery, if the long url works, it does on preview!

http://www.sharpos-world.co.uk/cpg/thumbnails.php?search=24%2F02%2F18&submit=search&album=search&title=on&newer_than=&caption=on&older_than=&keywords=on&type=AND

Video filmed at Kidder still uploading
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sharpo wrote:
Called in Kidder before 4pm today and was lucky to see the King steam away from the carriage works yard and then run down both platform roads before heading north, and the sun was shining!



5 photos in my gallery, if the long url works, it does on preview!

http://www.sharpos-world.co.uk/cpg/thumbnails.php?search=24%2F02%2F18&submit=search&album=search&title=on&newer_than=&caption=on&older_than=&keywords=on&type=AND

Video filmed at Kidder still uploading


Probably get to Bridgnorth before the 5.25 leaves. I'll have to wait until the gala to see it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Video of 6023 eventually uploaded. The DMU and 7802 also seen.

https://youtu.be/MtkTm7JNG0s
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great video as usual Sharpo.

Please can someone explain how she can get to Bridgnorth unassisted yet for next week's trials it requires a 50 on the other end of the set?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GWR5764PT wrote:
Great video as usual Sharpo.

Please can someone explain how she can get to Bridgnorth unassisted yet for next week's trials it requires a 50 on the other end of the set?


Presumably the testing will include putting the improved draughting through its paces and having the 50 there provides reassurance/assistance/etc

Not to mention the fact that, even though I didn't see it myself, the gauging run was presumably performed at low speed?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lench_S wrote:
GWR5764PT wrote:
Great video as usual Sharpo.

Please can someone explain how she can get to Bridgnorth unassisted yet for next week's trials it requires a 50 on the other end of the set?


Presumably the testing will include putting the improved draughting through its paces and having the 50 there provides reassurance/assistance/etc

Not to mention the fact that, even though I didn't see it myself, the gauging run was presumably performed at low speed?


OK thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GWR5764PT wrote:
Great video as usual Sharpo.

Please can someone explain how she can get to Bridgnorth unassisted yet for next week's trials it requires a 50 on the other end of the set?

Thanks Tim, I was lucky, had less than an hour to spend at Kidder and it all happened in that short space of time. Makes the shunt with the 09 a couple of days earlier a bit dull in comparison, but it was worth posting as it proved popular.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The class 50 is there to enabe the train to quickly go back the other way without the need for running round at each end. From what I understand, it could be that 6023 just does multiple runs of Eardington bank (heading north), so the class 50 will quickly be able to tow the whole consist back to the bottom ready for another run (setting back a long train in section would not be permited).
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