Shed47 Railway Restoration Group

Shed47 Railway Restoration Group Shed47 Railway Restoration Group is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SCIO, regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, OSCR.

Our charity number is SC050689

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Good evening all and welcome to the Sunday night update, What a cracker of a day we had today,The narrow gauge was a hiv...
19/09/2021

Good evening all and welcome to the Sunday night update,

What a cracker of a day we had today,

The narrow gauge was a hive of activity as the guys continued rebuilding little Sylvia the simplex, with the enging and box bolted in the levers and controls were refitted along with cab components
which help support the control rods etc, she is well on the way to completion and we cant wait to see her on the track.

The fire assembly point sign that was replaced on wednesday was put in the ground today next to the spot the old one occupied, it looks nice and fresh and fingers crossed it lasts a while.

the banana van moved forward again today with the insulation refitted to the left side and some temp plastic sheeting added to keep it in place and stop the guys going home itchy as it is old school glass fibre not the new stuff.

No17 saw the left side of the water tank receive some more attention thanke to pete who did his usual sterling work getting the lettering second coated and adding the Number also.

Did you know we are a Dog friendly railway and are happy to carry well behaved dogs who even get their own ticket, all we ask is they stay off the seats.

Our running season is almost at an end with only two Sundays remaining, our station shop is still well stocked with lots of items to choose from so if you see anything that takes your fancy stop by and see us, it saves our poor shop keeper having to pack it up at the end of the season :)

And we leave you tonight with a host of pics from todays goings on, thanks again for following us and we will see you next Sunday for another running day, oh and dont forget we have something planned for our last day of the season Oct 3rd so put it in your diary and come see whats going on at the shed.

Cheers, The Shed 47 Team.

A cheeky wee Saturday morning job this morning,The new frame for the water tower was planted in the ground this morning,...
18/09/2021

A cheeky wee Saturday morning job this morning,

The new frame for the water tower was planted in the ground this morning, the JCB was used to dig out the footings for it and the fence removed to allow access, the frame was moved over to the workshop to allow some slight alterations to be made to plates that were fowling the tank, with that done it was taken back over and planted in the ground, the holes were then back filled with the JCB followed by manual shoveling to smooth the surface, we then dressed the area with plainings which will provide a hard standing under the water tank for storage.

All that was left to do was put the tank on top which went without a hitch, the jcb lifted it up on the forks and deposited it in its final resting place, now we just have to fill it.....

See you all tomorrow when we will once again be running trains on both the standard and narrow gauge lines from 12:30 till 4:00pm.

Cheers, The Shed 47 Team.

Good evening folks,  another cracker of a day on site with plenty of jobs accomplished and a few more added to the list....
15/09/2021

Good evening folks, another cracker of a day on site with plenty of jobs accomplished and a few more added to the list.

We start with the consruction of the steel work for the narrow gauge water tank, this has been constructed from reclaimed steel which was in an other life a set of legs for a portacabin so will be more than up to the task, the metal work was cleaned and painted some time ago and then cut to size on Sunday past, so with clement weather we broke out the welder and got busy sticking it all together, it didnt take long and by lunch time we had a nice solid tower built and ready to be placed. it was then transported over to the narrow gauge and placed in the area it will finish up, the ground work is still to be finished but that wont take the guys long.

the Dubbies water tank was treated to a jet wash today, Andy brought in a rather nifty drain rod atachment that connected to our newly aquired karcher pressure washer, this did a great job of getting into the nooks and cranies on the boiler and washing out years of gunk and rust, it should now be the cleanest boiler in town.

the wood work shop was busy again as the guys cracked on with cutting beading for the banana vans new panels, this was cut down to size on the table saw before being run through again to chamfer the edges, with all of that cut and out of the way the next job on the list was to make a new post and board for the fire assembly point sign. the old post had seen better days and was rotted through at the base where it snapped, the new one was made and painted and is now drying before being fitted.

whilst the white paint was out the workshop crossing gate got some tlc, the lock had a packer fitted behind it to help the lock stand off and locate better so this was painted along with the bottom rail which had seen the paint wear off due to feet standing on it.

the banana van doors have a blue tarp over them to keep the weather off, unfortunatley this had formed a bit of a bird bath and was holding water so a few rails were added under the tarp to allow it to shed the water.

The banana van saw it first replacement buffer fitted this afternoon to the No2 end, the next one will now be moved to the workbench where it will be painted before it is also fitted.

ARMY236 was fired up today to keep the batteries topped up and everything moving, we are happy to report she fired up without issue and built air very quickly, she is a cracking little loco to drive and we look forward to getting her out soon.

Thats all for tonight folks, enjoy the pics and we will see you Sunday for the next installment,

Cheers, The Shed 47 Team.

Good evening everyone. All well I hope πŸ‘πŸ»Very quiet start to the day but eventually had a few people gracing our station...
12/09/2021

Good evening everyone.
All well I hope πŸ‘πŸ»

Very quiet start to the day but eventually had a few people gracing our station boards for runs on our standard brake van and Narrow gauge lines.

In the workshop metal was getting cut and drilled all over the place.
The big powered hacksaw was brought into play today,it was used to cut some lengths for the building of the water tank frame for when 'Big Dave' our new NG steam engine arrives.

The top plate off No29 was removed along with the studs for better sealing to be done and a very minute bit of clearance was drilled from the mounting holes.

Staying with 29 all the hardware was removed from the firebox end then all the plugs were stamp numbered before being removed so it could be flushed through from all angles.
Just as well we did because it looks like someone might have been playing Pooh sticks in the tank (see pic) 🀣

A bit more rubbing down of the first undercoat paint was done on the 7ΒΌ HST

No17 pug was adorned with some stencils today and marked out with China pencil then carefully yellow paint was infilled to the letters.

The 🍌 van has had some grey undercoat applied to some parts of it's underside also.

Sylvia the 'in bits' Ng loco was getting some more treatment today. After some reports of the clutch allegedly 😁 slipping it was all taken apart to find out there is nothing wrong with it. We have came to the conclusion the plate might just be needing bedded in.
So next stage is to get the engine running and put some power through it. If this doesn't change things then unfortunately it's all gonna have to come apart again to fit new springs.

The Comms box on the station has been extended and a new seat was getting prepped to go on the mini digger.

I believe that's it for today. Have a great night and we'll see you again midweek.

Thanks the Shed47 team πŸ‘πŸ»

Photos from North Bay Railway Engineering Services's post
10/09/2021

Photos from North Bay Railway Engineering Services's post

Evening everyone, sorry about the delay but here we go.....A trailer load of cast iron scrap arrived today which was don...
08/09/2021

Evening everyone, sorry about the delay but here we go.....

A trailer load of cast iron scrap arrived today which was donated via one of our members, this is very welcome as it adds a few pounds to the coffers when weighed in. there was also a huge ammount of old wood that will burn well.

the guys were busy in the workshop sorting through boxes of tools to see what was for keeping and what is surplus to our needs, the needle gun was having repairs made again as it gave up the gohst on sunday, we will be having a look to see if spares are available and if not we may have to look at purchasing a couple of new guns.

The narrow gauge was again busy as the new safety rails around the pasanger wagon were painted green to match the rest, Jim was busy working away on sylvia the simplex getting the axle boxes buttoned up and the gearbox and engine connected, the speed he is working at i dont think it will be long before the loco is ready for a test run.

Other than the above there was a lot of tidying going on to get the site up to our high standards and keep the bosses happy.

See you all Sunday when we will yet again be open to the public and running trains from 12:30 till 4:00pm.

Cheers, The Shed 47 Team.

06/09/2021
Good evening everyone. Hope you've all had a good weekend. A bit more progress on the 7ΒΌ HST. Robin cleaned out the insi...
05/09/2021

Good evening everyone.
Hope you've all had a good weekend.

A bit more progress on the 7ΒΌ HST. Robin cleaned out the inside with a wire brush and flap disc to get rid of any mess and hoovered it all out,he then started to flat back the undercoat ready for a second innings.

Norrie was up to his usual this and that and the other.
Needle gun issues to start the day then helping out Derek with No29's Boiler, which leads seamlessly πŸ€” into what's been happening with No29.

Derek was on it tapping out the holes for the studs we made last week. The lid was then sealed and bolted down in place for a quick pressure test.
The boiler was filled full and the pressure pump fitted. Then the pumping began and I'm glad to say she managed up to 160 lbs/ft with no leaking tube ends.
There is a couple of small weeps elsewhere which shall be dealt with on Wednesday.

Jim was over working on the Simplex again mating the engine with gearbox and playing about with the axle boxes with the newly cleaned pads inserted.
Joints have also been made up for the faceplates of the axle boxes.
On fitting the engine back in we have discovered we no longer need the spacer between the splined fl**ge and the engine, as this seems to have been put in to compensate for misdoings from the previous repair.
Now the issue has been sorted properly it's not needed.
Unfortunately we only found this out after Andy had taken the spacer away to bore out the centre for extra clearance πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Tony was back on the banana 🍌 van today adding more noggins so we can fasten the new boards up when they arrive.

Some wooden batons were also fixed around the NG passenger wagon for extra saftey when carrying smaller passengers.

We had a decent amount of visitors across the station platform today for brake van rides and also onto the Narrow gauge. I hope they all enjoyed the wee hurl down the line πŸ‘πŸ»

Right, that's your lot for today,I'm off to get my tea 😁
Enjoy the pics and we'll see you again soon.

Cheers the Shed47 team πŸ‘πŸ»

Good evening everyone, and welcome to the first update of September.Well today was a busy day over at the narrow gauge, ...
01/09/2021

Good evening everyone, and welcome to the first update of September.

Well today was a busy day over at the narrow gauge, Little Sylvia the simplex loco was flipped back onto her wheels today and placed on a track panel where she will live whilst being rebuilt.
She has had new bearings fitted to the axles and also new dust seals for the axle boxes, her engine a 3 cylinder Deutz diesel was also dropped into place quickly followed by the gearbox, these two items still have to be coupled together and bolted into position but thats a job for Sunday.

The shed was also a hive of activity today, we took delivery of 6 hydraulic buffers thanks to the guys at preston grange, the buffers were then tested to ensure they spring back as designed, they passed with flying colours and are now in the process of being needle gunned before being painted. three of them will be fitted to the Banana van which is being restored and requires 3 to be replaced.

Work continues on the Dubbie pug with the guys in the workshop creating some new 7/8th whitworth studs to secure the christmas tree to the boilers crown, these are being made using 7/8th bolts cut down and threaded to suit the application, fingers crossed once done we will get hte boiler through its hydraulic test.

The banana vanhas had some primer applied to the buffer beam on No1 end and the metal work underneath, it is comming on and will look great once finished.

We are happy to report we now have over 90% of our track from the old leven branch on site, there are now only four more loads to arrive and that will be that as they say. there are still sleepers and ancils to collect but that will happen as and when.

Thats it for tonight folks, see you all on Sunday for the next one,

Cheers, The Shed 47 Team.

Rest in Peace Dean Bowen, you will be sadly missed.
31/08/2021

Rest in Peace Dean Bowen, you will be sadly missed.

Rest in Peace Dean Bowen, you will be sadly missed.

As our six week #LoveYourRailway campaign comes to an end it seems fitting that our final theme is #Futureweek. Looking ...
30/08/2021

As our six week #LoveYourRailway campaign comes to an end it seems fitting that our final theme is #Futureweek. Looking ahead and planning to ensure that we preserve our heritage railways for future generations to enjoy is key. Our busy wee team are always very active, not just running trains and maintaining our existing fleet, but restoring more vehicles to working order and making some big plans! A very important part of our team are our visitors and supporters, without whom we wouldn't have the means to do what we do, a very big thank you to you all!

#LoveYourRailway #Futureweek

Evening all. Quiet one again today had a few visitors pop by for brake van rides which we are ever grateful for. πŸ‘πŸ»Two o...
29/08/2021

Evening all.

Quiet one again today had a few visitors pop by for brake van rides which we are ever grateful for. πŸ‘πŸ»

Two or three things job wise.
Norrie was doing his usual sorting and fixing at the workbench.

Jim had the horn today and was rubbing it like a good un 😁 to get it nicely cleaned up before passing it over to Robin for an undercoating of red oxide.

Work continued on the 7ΒΌ HST without getting a final rub down then cleaned off before the oxide undercoat was brought out.
This will be rubbed down next week and given a second coat before deciding what livery we want to do on it.

The two Dave's were on NG duty and Andy was driving MOD251 with Grant in the brake van.

Thanks the Shed47 team πŸ‘πŸ»

After a really busy weekend last week we return to our usual Sunday operations tomorrow.We are open this Sunday and each...
28/08/2021

After a really busy weekend last week we return to our usual Sunday operations tomorrow.

We are open this Sunday and each Sunday until and including 3rd October.

Opening times are 1230-1600 with trains running on both our standard gauge and narrow gauge lines, a frequent service every 15-20 mins.

Our shop & ticket office, and Museum display area will be open and will be the start point for your visit. (For the time being our weighbridge / model railway will reman closed.)

You might have to wait a few minutes until the next train at times. If things get a bit busy, but another train will be along in 10 minutes!
We ask that you kindly make use of the hand sanitiser and wear facemasks on our trains & stations unless medically exempt, our volunteers will be doing the same.

Card and contactless payment are available, alongside cash payment.

We look forward to seeing you!

After a really busy weekend last week we return to our usual Sunday operations tomorrow.

We are open this Sunday and each Sunday until and including 3rd October.

Opening times are 1230-1600 with trains running on both our standard gauge and narrow gauge lines, a frequent service every 15-20 mins.

Our shop & ticket office, and Museum display area will be open and will be the start point for your visit. (For the time being our weighbridge / model railway will reman closed.)

You might have to wait a few minutes until the next train at times. If things get a bit busy, but another train will be along in 10 minutes!
We ask that you kindly make use of the hand sanitiser and wear facemasks on our trains & stations unless medically exempt, our volunteers will be doing the same.

Card and contactless payment are available, alongside cash payment.

We look forward to seeing you!

Photos from North Bay Railway Engineering Services's post
27/08/2021

Photos from North Bay Railway Engineering Services's post

Good evening everyone, Another fantastic day on site today with the sun splitting the sky it was a hot one.Jointing mate...
25/08/2021

Good evening everyone, Another fantastic day on site today with the sun splitting the sky it was a hot one.

Jointing material arrived on site thanks to Derek who sorted it for us, this will be used on the Dubbie pugs boiler to get everything water and steam tight.

Mod 251 is back on service for this Sunday as the guys managed to repair the small fuel leak from the common rail pump, we look forward to seeing her in action.

The banana van has been receiving more attention, with the metal work sripped off of the left side along with the old timber the new bearers were fitted today, thanks goes to Robert Campbell for the donation of wood to get the framing done.

the chassis on the banana van was also getting some more work done, the paint has been stripped and the wheels were being needle gunned today, not long until we break out the red oxide,

The Dubbies cylinders were also being cleaned out this afternoon, this was to get rid of the lumps of congealed grease and general detritus that has built up over the years,

The narrow gauge was also busy with work continuing on the new passenger coach chassis well under way it will be getting its brake system fitted soon before the body is built and painted.

The concrete pad at the east of the site was also given a quick tidy to allow room for the rail from Leven to be unloaded, this will also give us an area to build good pannels before moving them to where they will be used.

Thats all for tonight folks, see you all soon,

Cheers, The Shed 47 Team.

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The second of my videos from the railway yesterday https://youtu.be/lbxVOC-SbvE
Friend of mine posted a link to this Luftwaffe target map - is that Lathalmond in target yellow just above Dunfermline ?
2003 and the new farm telehandler getting mucky digging out the new track formation, happy days
1997 when I used to take the farm telehandler to shed 47, seen here laying the very first lengths of rail, 24 years on there is a bit more down now
Anyone need a spanner???
Brilliant day here 1st visiting won't be the last
Here's something the Train Folk might like???
En route to Lathalmond in Kings Road Rosyth.
En route to Lathalmond in Kings Road, Rosyth.
My son Connor and I had a great time today and enjoyed 5 trips thank you.