Simon’s journey into the world of Volunteering – Entry 2

35005 - 14-10-13 3Canadian Pacific standing in Eastleigh Works

This part two in my series of blog posts that you can keep track of in a new dedicated web page (click here to view).  It’s been two weeks since I was last able to work on 35005 Canadian Pacific due to my daughter’s birthday and work commitments but I was finally spend some time on the beast. The team had done lots of work on the locomotive since I have been there with the biggest difference being that all the majority of the cab piping being removed.

I spent my afternoon removing some of the last pipes that connected on the cab to the frame. The first port of call was removing the right hand injector which was already half removed and only attached to the cab by one mounting bracket.  It was easily disassembled but the hardest bit was feeding the pipe up through the body to remove it.

Canadian Pacifics right hand side injector after it has been removed.Canadian Pacific’s right hand side injector after it had been removed.

The next job was removing the pep pipe and then its feeder pipe which was an easy job once I was able to loosen the bolts that attached to them to a valve.  With the floor being removed from CP I was able to explore part of the locomotives maze of piping and framework you wouldn’t normally see, which did make me really appreciate the skill that went into building it in the first place.

Canadian Pacifics Pep pipe and feed

Canadian Pacific’s Pep pipe and feed

After removing the pipes they were put into storage which did feel like a victory over the steam engine, as all the major bolts had put up a fight so far and these pipes felt like my trophies!

The plaque found on Canadian Pacific

I did stumble across this plaque which I thought would be worth sharing.  It was presented to the locomotive when it appeared at the East Lanc’s 25th anniversary in 1993.

Canadian Pacifics backhead 14-10-13

Canadian Pacific’s backhead 14-10-13

The locomotives backhead minus all the piping , gauges and firebox doors hopefully wont be to long before we get to reattach them.  Our plan is to get the cab ready to be removed so we can assess the condition of the boiler and the frame.

Now time for a few photos I took of the locomotive just before I left:

Canadian Pacifics railtrack code from when she was mainlined

Canadian Pacifics railtrack code from when she was mainlined

More notices in the Canadian Pacifics cab this time from the Southern Railway

More notices in the Canadian Pacifics cab this time from the Southern Railway

A mixture of the paint found on Canadian Pacifics the red primer and BR Express Blue can be seen.

A mixture of the paint found on Canadian Pacific’s cab side with the red primer and BR Express Blue  visible

Before I go I thought I’d take the opportunity to plug the that we are working hard to disassmble CanPac but we dont have the funding to restore her so we need your help in funding the restoration. The cost of the boiler work alone is expected to exceed £100,000.00.  We therefore need you help!

Please click here to contribute towards the fund via secure online payment.
Download the appeal form.

Both links take you to the Mid Hants Railway website.

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I am really enjoying working on the beast and the future is looking really bright.

Thanks for reading

Simon

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