RHEC News - the 1950s caravan progresses...

RHEC News – the 1950s caravan progresses…

The project to restore (or heavily ‘tart up’!) the Harry Vickers built 1950s caravan that we purchased earlier in the year is in its closing…

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Samson exists - officially - frames are permanently assembled...

Samson exists – officially – frames are permanently assembled…

A steam locomotive’s identity is always allocated to its frames – all other components can be swapped, changed or replaced, but its identity and traceability…

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Beamish Cranes in the wet... and the dry...

Beamish Cranes in the wet… and the dry…

Today has been a filthy wet day, with the site certainly looking lush this evening, if not particularly appealing!  In the workshops Brian and Tom…

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Samson's valve chest construction...

Samson’s valve chest construction…

The construction of Samson’s cylinder block and valve chest owes quite a lot to experience from work on No.18 and also the book ‘Traction Engines…

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Samson takes shape...

Samson takes shape…

David and Chris have been busy progressing Samson’s construction, with the water tanks welded and bolted into place between the frames. The boiler barrel has…

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Another day in the Genesis of Samson...

Another day in the Genesis of Samson…

Ok, so the title may be slightly mixing biblical history, but it neatly describes the current rapid progress in the construction of Samson’s frames.  Once…

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Samson update... and the A4s...

Samson update… and the A4s…

Here are a few photos that might be of interest.  Firstly, Samson, sporting its frame extensions and now with pretty much most of the metal…

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Samson frame erection progressing well...

Samson frame erection progressing well…

Progress on erecting and drilling Samson’s frame components is well underway, with Dave making full use of the mag-drill to enable the trial assembly by…

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Samson - March progress and the brake gear is coming together...

Samson – March progress and the brake gear is coming together…

Whilst the current focus for the team is on preparing for the season opening next week, completing the RHEC, working on a number of capital projects…

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Samson - first components manufactured...

Samson – first components manufactured…

It is always a pleasant experience when Dave Young wanders into the office looking tired and announcing he has something to show me! It means that he…

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Introducing 'Samson' - a new project for the New Year...

Introducing ‘Samson’ – a new project for the New Year…

Having dropped numerous hints over a number of previous blog postings, I can now confirm that our ‘new build’ steam locomotive project is the Stephen…

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On the trail of Samson...

On the trail of Samson…

On the trail of Samson… The tramway from Whitfield Brow to Cornish Hush mine. I have mentioned the London Lead Company’s little Stephen Lewin locomotive…

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Introducing another Stephen Lewin locomotive...

Introducing another Stephen Lewin locomotive…

The image below shows a delightful little locomotive named Samson. It was built by the Poole Foundry of Stephen Lewin in 1874 and was for…

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