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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 28 - Summer 1976

GWR 'King' Class 4-6-0 No. 6024 King Edward I

The 6024 Preservation Society

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J R Fairman - 6024 and Dennis

Impressive, noble, fascinating, a good job of work! All these comments were heard from Easter visitors admiring the progress on restoring King Edward II. So here is the up to the minute news of the Society with a fresh name: the 6024 Preservation Society. In April the King Preservation Society became a Registered Charity and at the same time lost its old title and adopted the new. The next step is to form a Limited Company and then it is proposed to make a share issue. As no reference can be made to Royalty in a Company title, (not easily!), it has been necessary to drop the word King and introduce the number 6024.

By way of celebrating the development, at Easter, 6024 was carrying, for the first time, its brand new solid brass cab side number plates, specially made at Swindon. Dennis Howells, the leader of the restoration team is justly proud of these plates and pleased with the progress made since King Edward II came to Quainton from Barry.

In previous issues. we have explained and illustrated the complete dismantling of the locomotive and we can now report the present situation. Firstly the main frames have been thoroughly cleaned and inspected and happily no cracks or defects have been discovered. All bolts and rivets securing horns, brackets, cylinders and beams are sound and it is unlikely that any major mechanical work will be required. Between and outside the frames all steelwork has been cleaned and painted. Piston and valve bores have been examined and the wear is well within tolerances. Secondly the boiler and firebox examination has shown that retubing will be necessary and this will, of course, be a very expensive project in the future. The firebox and tubeplates appear to be in quite good order but will need further expert inspection by a boilersmith in due course.

All wheels, journals and boxes have been checked. The leading pair of driving wheels and axle boxes and the two pairs of wheels and axles from the locomotive bogie were sent to Swindon last year for attention to the journals and remetalling of the boxes but a decision has still to be made whether work is to be done on remetalling the eccentrics and big end bearings. Similarly, the driving wheel crank pins need machining or dressing up and this is another outstanding job. A vast amount of detailed restoration work has already been completed on components. For example, the brake rigging has been overhauled and the front sandboxes and gear have been stripped. We understand that all the garage and workshop space at the homes of 6024 members is packed with bits and pieces of KEII before, during and after refurbishing. In January the large stocks of spares for the King were moved from Didcot to Quainton for safe storage and easy access at our site.

In June this year some of the 6024 PS members have elected to spend a working holiday at Quainton and they are planning to strip the tender to bring its condition to the same high standard they are achieving on the locomotive. We admire the enthusiasm of the team working with Dennis on this enormous task. They are realists and know the financial and physical problems facing them. In particular they know they will need to find the capital to obtain new connecting rods, to purchase new boiler tubes and to pay for other major items. They deserve all possible support for their efforts and in conclusion, we congratulate them on achieving Charitable status.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1976 and so does not reflect events in the 39+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

The 6024 Preservation Society - Quainton News No. 28 - Summer 1976

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