2ft Narrow Gauge

Further progress on the NG10.

As the myriad of smaller tasks continues the reverser handle has been completed and fitted together with the reversing mechanism. The vacuum ejector and piping has also been assembled and fitted but the train pipes are still to be attached.

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Steam Report July 2018

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NG10 progress.

The regulator assembly for the NG10 is now complete and ready to be fitted the locomotive. Our pictures from Lukas Nel show the components and in particular the dome assembly for the regulator valve. Work will continue on a number of other items as we approach the steam test of number 61.

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More news on the NG10

As we are fabricating many parts from scratch we have had to slow down a bit but will soon pick up the pace. Our pictures from Lukas Nel show the newly fabricated reversing ratchet, part of the drop grate, the finishing touches on the roof and more small parts for the regulator assembly and main steam pipe.

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NGG13 49 The re tube

Great progress has been made on the boiler of NGG13 number 49 at Reefsteamers as it is prepared for retubing.

The old tubes have been removed and the tube plates cleaned. The boiler barrel has been descaled and washed out and subject to MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspection) as have the tube plates. The initial report is that all is well. A full boiler inspection by the Boiler Inspector prior to commencing the retube will take place next week. The tubes have been cut to length ready to be fitted.

Our pictures from Reefsteamers show the boiler being descaled and washed out and the flue tubes being annealed ready for fitment and the small tubes after being cut to size.

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Moving along with the NG10

As mentioned in our last report there are numerous small items that take up a lot of time to complete. Our pictures from Lukas Nel show the chimney in its first stages of fabrication (when received the locomotive had a wooden replica), the inner cab wooden roof in place, the boiler flange for the turret and the regulator valve in its first stages of fabrication.

Although seemingly small tasks they all go together towards the restoration of this special locomotive.

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Latest Steam report June 2018

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NGG13 number 49.

Work has now begun on stripping the loco at Reefsteamers in Germiston for the retubing with the removal of the ashpan,  fire bars and brick arch as our pictures from Reefsteamers show. Luckily a cracked fire bar was discovered during the process which will be replaced when the locomotive is re-assembled at Sandstone.

Sandstone has awarded the contract to Reefsteamers as they have the correct facilities to engineer the work and also to assist the club with income for their preservation efforts.

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NG10 update 6 June 2018

Work continues on the cab and its fittings with the installation of the cab surround and the window frames. The next task is to fit the regulator assembly.

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Further progress on the NG10 at Bloemfontein.

The locomotive continues to take shape as the brass boiler bands have now been fitted and work is well underway on completing the cab.

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NG10 number 61.

Work has progressed with this restoration with completion of the fitment of the running boards together with fitting the boiler bracing bars to the front of the smokebox and  frames. The next project is now the completion of the cab and its fittings.

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NGG13 number 49 arrives at Germiston.

The boiler section of number 49 has now arrived in Johannesburg at Reefsteamers where it was offloaded by the Reefsteamers crane. This was originally a steam crane but is operated now by compressed air directly to its cylinders. Number 49 was offloaded from the Sandstone lowbed together with the new boiler tubes and placed on a DZ truck for movement into their main workshop. Here it will be lifted by the workshop gantry crane from the DZ and placed on blocks for the retubing to begin shortly.

Our pictures from Reefsteamers show 12AR 1535 hauling the crane into position and the lifting process from the lowbed to the DZ.

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NGG13 Number 49 Boiler Retube

The second of our Garratt locomotives to require retubing, NGG13 number 49, had had its boiler section split from the engine units and loaded on the Sandstone lowbed for transport to Reefsteamers in Germiston who have been contracted to do the retubing. Although we retubed NGG16 number 113 at Bloemfontein, the pressure is now on there to complete the NG10 number 61 hence we have contracted out the retube of 49.

The locomotive will arrive at Germiston on Tuesday 15th May with the repairs due to begin in June.

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NG10. Whereto the windows?

We have many photographs of NG10 number 61 in service in Port Elizabeth thanks to Leith Paxton who extensively photographed the narrow gauge system in the Eastern Cape in the late 50’s and 60’s. We also have, courtesy of Leith, a copy of the original Baldwin works photograph of number 61 as constructed. This clearly shows the fitment of a front window in the cab but after many years in service with the SAR this had been removed and plated over as the picture of number 61 at Humewood Road in 1961 shows. The theory is that this glass was very susceptible to breakage in service and was thus removed. Our decision is to fit the window as originally built to number 61, probably with tempered glass to avoid breakage from day to day knocks.

Class NG10 No.61 Humewood Rd Photo Leith Paxton Copy