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Our next open day for 2017will be on Saturday April 1st.

(no fooling)

We will continue with our open days on the first Saturday until November

From 10.00am until 1.00 pm

AT UNIT 8S HACKWORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK SHILDON

DL4 1HF


 


 PRESS RELEASE Thursday 8th December 2016


MOTT MACDONALD APPOINTED FOR CRANK AXLE CALCULATIONS


Modern rail vehicles (and this includes new build steam locomotives) now require certification using the Common Safety Method for Risk Assessment (CSM-RA) - a pan European standard. There are 3 basic routes through CSM-RA:


1) Following national or international design standards


2) Using existing design where it has proved to be satisfactory and where the assumptions used in that design are known


3) Calculating and demonstrating that the components are strong enough for the job


The G5 class in common with many locomotives designed in the late 19th and early 20th century has its cylinders mounted between the frames. This necessitates having a crank axle to transmit the drive from the connecting rods to the wheels. By the time that today’s design standards were written, steam had been withdrawn and no modern rail vehicles have crank axles. Whilst the original design is believed to have worked satisfactorily, we do not have any of the calculations or assumptions used by the draughtsman in 1896! This precludes the use of the 2nd method.


We therefore need to undertake calculations and modelling to assess whether the existing crank axle design meets modern requirements. Given the complex combinations of forces that are experienced by crank axles, this would severely stretch the capacity of a piece of paper and a calculator!


Mott MacDonald Limited have considerable experience in rail vehicle analysis. In supporting the G5 project, they are now embarking on their second steam locomotive crank axle analysis project. Bob Harris Mott MacDonald Engineer commented:


Mott MacDonald use ANSYS Finite Element Software to do the work. The ANSYS software produces a very convincing picture of the stress in every part of the axle so it is vitally important that we define the correct inputs! The stress levels can then be used to work out how often, as well as where, the axle needs to be checked that it hasn’t started cracking, since they are critical to the safety of the G5.


In order to make this analysis as accurate as possible we need accurate figures for the weight of the components and as a starting point we have weighed the leading wheelset in order to accurately assess the weight of the crank axle wheelset. Have a look at the gallery to see pictures of this operation carried out by David Elliot.


Richard Maughan, CEO, The G5 Locomotive Company Limited commented:


“This is possibly one of our most significant milestones so far. It has stretched our financial commitment to the project, but Mott MacDonald are the renowned experts in crankshaft stress analysis and we will obtain the certification we require with their engagement. There is light at the end of the tunnel now for project completion”


The Crank Axle Degree Fund was launched with a target of 360 pledges of £100.00 – thus providing us with enough funds to purchase the crank axle; so far, we are over 50% of the way there.


To become a “Graduate” of The Crank Axle Degree Fund, purchase shares or become a Super-Friend, please call 07764 304210 or email g5locomotive @gmail.com







November 5th went with a bang as usual and with it went out last open day of 2016; although don't forget that we can make special arrangements for shareholders to view the current stage of construction by contacting one of the team.

We will be back next year in March to start a new programme of Open Days.

We still have our limited edition O Gauge Ace trains G5 models for sale - just contact one of the team - they could make an exciting  Christmas Present.

Hope to see you all again next year when we will have more exciting news of the progress in the construction of our locomotive.



LAST OPEN DAY FOR 2016

Our next monthly open day will be on Saturday November 5th.

This will be our last open day for 2016 as the weather makes the open days difficult. If anyone who has not visited the works recently would like to visit us we can often arrange for individual or group visits at other times. Please contact us. The new Ace Trains G5 model will be on sale there are still 15 examples of this superb limited edition model available.

From 10.00am until 1.00 pm

AT UNIT 8S HACKWORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK SHILDON

DL4 1HF




EXTRA OPEN DAY FOR SEPTEMBER

On Saturday Sept 17th we will be having an extra open event. The works will be open from 1.00pm to 4.00 pm when we will have a display of the new Ace Trains O Gauge  G5 model steam engine on display. Come along and see all our new engines; big and small. The models will be available to purchase at the opening price of £450 after which they will be on sale at the even more special price of ; £450. This is a limited edition of only 25 models.

 

Our next monthly open day will be on Saturday October 1st.

first Saturday of the month

From 10.00am until 1.00 pm

AT UNIT 8S HACKWORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK SHILDON

DL4 1HF

Come along and see our new smokebox and chimney


Many thanks to those who attended, and those who were unable to attend but sent a contribution , our first Annual dinner / Conference which was a great social and financial success.


OPEN DAYS FOR JUNE

There will be two open days this month  on Saturday the 4th June

and Saturday the 18th June (see below)

Come along and see our new wheels

Open days will continue on the first Saturday in each month.

In addition to the smoke box we have also placed orders for the smoke box door and chimney. (anyone like to sponsor the chimney)

From 10.00am until 1.00 pm

AT UNIT 8S HACKWORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK SHILDON

DL4 1HF


The second open day on the June the 18th will link in with our Dinner/Conference

so that people can view the latest progress.

The unit for this day only will be open from 1.00 pm until 4.00pm



New Year News (3rd Jan 2016)


Following on from the success of having the front wheelset returned from South Devon the Company have placed orders for:-

The machining and fitting of the motion bracket to the main frames.

The machining of the axle box housings

The casting of the Phosphor Bronze bearings for the axle boxes

The manufacture of the smokebox

The design drawings for the footplate along the sides of the frames

And the purchase of a reconditioned Wakefield Lubricator

All of these are currently funded through the sale of shares, very generous sponsorships and a significant contribution via G5 Superfriends



THE FRONT WHEELSET IS NOW IN THE UNIT AT SHILDON (14. 12. 15)

THE OTHER TWO DRIVING WHEELS AND PATTERN

HAVE BEEN RETURNED FROM BORO FOUNDRY

SEE PICTURES


November 7th was our last open day for 2015, we expect to restart the open days at the beginning of March following the same pattern so the first Saturday in March should be it.

The front wheelset has not been returned yet although it is now complete, we are waiting for some machining to be completed on the two main driving wheels still a Borough  foundry. When this is complete we have a contract for the collection of the front wheelset from South Devon and the two other driving wheels and wheel patterns from Boro Foundry. We expect all this to be back in the unit in Shildon some time in December 2015. The transport will be at the hauliers discretion in order to minimise costs.



OUR LAST  PLANNED OPEN DAY FOR 2015

WILL BE ON SATURDAY THE 7th  NOVEMBER AT

From 10.00am until 1.00 pm

AT UNIT 8S HACKWORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK SHILDON

DL4 1HE

We hope that the completed front wheelset will have been returned from South Devon by then. The motion bracket has been successfully straightened by D&C Engineering of Shildon and is now ready for machining before fitting to the frames.





OUR NEXT OPEN DAY WILL BE ON

SATURDAY 17th October 

AT UNIT 8S HACKWORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK SHILDON

DL4 1HE




G5 LOCOMOTIVE COMPANY & FRIENDS OF THE G5.

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 3RD AT LOCOMOTION, SHILDON, 11. 30. THE WORKS WILL BE OPEN IN THE AFTERNOON FOR VISITORS TO VIEW THE LOCOMOTIVE.


 OUR OPEN DAY's for SEPTEMBER WILL BE ON

SATURDAY The 5th and 19th 

AT UNIT 8S HACKWORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK SHILDON

We will also have a Stand at the Steam Gala at Locomotion on Saturday and Sunday September 19 & 20


The new unit is opposite the old RRNE unit. Opening time 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Open days are currently being held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.

20.07.15

Follow links on Building progress page to see pictures of the leading wheels and axle being assembled.



OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING

JUNE 13th AT

UNIT 8S HACKWORTH INDUSTRIAL PARK

SHILDON DL4 1HE

The unit will be open from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm with the opening ceremony taking place at 11.00 am. drinks and light refreshments will be available.

Come along and meet the team.



The new unit is opposite the old RRNE unit. Opening time 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

The front wheels, tyres and axle are now in South Devon ready for assembly and should be returned by August.

12.05 15


OPEN DAYS

We will be holding open days on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month until the end of October although the unit is still not fully functional at the moment.

Our next open day is Saturday April 18 followed by May 2 & 16

17. 04. 15


Open Days

The new unit is not yet totally functional so we cannot call it a true Open Day but we will be there on Saturday morning  (4th April) tidying up if anyone would like to call in to see the latest movement. 03.04.15


Update on G5 Move

All of the components have been moved to the new unit except got the boiler which we expect to be in the new unit in the next few days. Have a look at the pictures to see the latest situation. 25.3.15


On the Move

From the 1st of February the G5 will be moving to new premises. The new unit is opposite the previous one at RRNE in Shildon.

This is due to a combination of the need for more space for the G5.

This is the last phase in the construction of the locomotive and will see the frames turned over ready to accommodate the bogie and wheel assemblies. The new unit has much more space and will allow us to work on the construction and store all the assembled parts safely.

OPEN DAYS 2015

We would expect to have the usual Open day on the first Saturday of the month but we are also looking at the possibility of further Open days later each month together with a Grand Opening as well as the arrival of the completed front wheel assembly.

Open days will probably begin in April but keep watching the website for details as time progresses


 October 2014


The cylinder blocks are now finally in position and the front buffer beam bolted into position. All the horn guides are now fully machined and bolted into position. The key ways have been machined in the leading driving wheels and we are awaiting transport to take the tyres and front wheels to Devon for assembly.


Follow links from building progress to see pictures of the cylinder blocks in position


Work is progressing with the fitting of the cylinders, the machining of the cylinder blocks is complete. The bolts need some final machining before the cylinder blocks and front horn blocks are fixed into position. The second hand right steam valve has been reconditioned and is now in full working order. The left hand steam valve which was bought new has been uprated with new stainless steel spindles to make them both the same specification.


Last Year's Events

The G5 Locomotion has received a lot of media attention lately from the local radio stations, The Northern Echo and the BBC. The latest coverage is can be viewed below:

The BBC - Click Here
The Northern Echo -
Click Here

Following the increasing media attention, our May open day was our most successful open day since the boiler launch.

From this open day we gained many new friends of the G5 and potential new investors visited Shildon to see the latest progress.

Someone who came to our 1st open day even uploaded their own video! Please Click Here

In the Beginning… Click Here

Summary of Latest News:  2013

·     The main frame - stretchers are fitted and all the horn-blocks with their wedges have been machined and fitted. The frames are now fully drilled and ready to accept all the necessary fittings.

·     The buffer beams have been fitted and two pairs of ‘Group Standard’ buffers, along with draw-gear, are ready for use.

·     Both cylinder blocks are now fully machined, ready for assembly into the frames. Cylinder end - caps are still awaiting machining.

·     The boiler, with firebox is fully welded, and complete. It waits full hydraulic testing.

·     The bogie assembly is completed and fully painted in NER livery.

·    The four coupled-wheels are now cast and the tyres are stored, ready for fitting, once the wheels are fully machined.

·     The main forged crank-axle has been designed and priced.

·     The cab, rear bunker and rear water tank are assembled and in the process of being made ready for fitting to the frames.

·     The ‘Westinghouse’ pump has been fully reconditioned, also painted in N. E. R. livery & is ready for use.

·     Much of the brake-gear, including a full set of AWS equipment, air-brake control, air reservoir cylinder, traps and control valves have been purchased. Full restoration is in progress.

·     A ‘Friends of the G5’ supporters group is starting to grow. Why not click the link and see.


Success at RRNEL

Saturday saw the sun shining at Rail Restorations North East for the launch of the newly completed G5 Boiler. The largest standard gauge steam engine boiler to be built in this country for the last 45 years.

BOILER LAUNCH, SATURDAY 12TH MAY 2012 AT 10.00 am, AT RAIL RESTORATIONS NORTH EAST, SHILDON

Be there to see the completed boiler and view progress on the assembly of the frames

Posted 25.04 12

Barrow Hill

The team had a very successful 4 days at Barrow Hill on April 13,14,15 & 16. We hope you were able to come along and meet us for all the latest up to date information. We certainly enjoyed the Steam Gala and were very encouraged by the amount of interest shown and the financial support received. Many thanks to those of you who made it and keep watching out for more information - we hope to have regular open days soon at RRNEL so that you can come along and see the progress for yourself.

Progress at RRNEL

Following the relocation of all the completed components to RRNEL at Shildon work has commenced at a pace on the construction. The main frames have been set up on stands and the buffer beam ends, crosspieces and castings aligned for assembly.

Watch this space about news of the completion of the boiler.

Picture by S. Fox, The frames are being assembled upside down to make access to the work space much easier.

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