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14th March 2010
Unfortunately 3822 has been withdrawn from traffic following issues with the tubes, and probably will not steam again until it has a fully boiler overhaul, in the mean time work continues on 7202.
7th May 2009
Despite rumours in the internet 3822 is not going to the Mid Hants Railway for the end of the month, but will be staying at Didcot for the rest of it's boiler ticket.
25th September 2007
This years GWS's annual work-week saw the steam test on the 38, and some maintenance on the pony truck, this meant that we had a 0-8-0 in steam for a day!
Photos by Phil Meale
11th August 2006
During the GWS's annual work-week when people can come and work at Didcot for the week the tender wheels were swapped for a set with better tyres.
27th May 2006
All of the repairs have been completed, the cladding replaced and 3822 is back in service, in fact it is running each day this weekend.
12th May 2006
The cladding has been removed from round the firebox to allow access to the stays, fortunately we did not have to remove the front cab sheet as this would have meant a lot more work. So far 15 broken stays have been removed on one side.
The wheels for the tender have been returned to Didcot and a start made on applying several coats of paint with a view to fitting them later in the summer.
28th March 2006
Unfortunately several cooper stays have been found broken, these will require sections of cladding removed to get access to replace them. The wheels for the tender should be arriving back at Didcot soon having been re-profiled at the Severn Valley Railway.
The tender brakes started to stick on, this required the brake weigh-shaft to be dropped and bearings attending to, to do this it was easiest to split the engine and tender, the problem has now been solved. Only other minor maintenance has work has been done on the engine as required.
Work has started on preparing to swap the tender wheels for ones with newer tyres, the ones currently under the tender are getting thin and will need replacing. We are lucky in that we have a spare set of wheels so that we can swap, rather than get them out, send them away, and wait for their return, thus minimising the out of traffic time of 3822.
11th February 2005
3822 has had its annual boiler examination and passed with no problems and is available for use when required.
3rd December 2004
3822 is now back at Didcot over following 18 months at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, where it had no major problems. The first job now it is back at Didcot it to prepare the engine for it's annual boiler exam.
25th January 2004
3822 will be spending the next year at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway.
20th September 2003
3822 has been running at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway for the summer with no major problems, and will stay there until the end of the year, it will then return to Didcot. At the time of writing it is unknown if 3822 will remain at Didcot next year or visit another railway.25th March 2003
3822 is at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway and expected to be running on the 29/30th March and 12/13th April. 3822 has already been used for passenger trains, and is expected to be in regular use during the summer period.
Upon Arrival at Toddington it was found that grease had been put on the tender journals during an ultra-sonic exam, that had been carried out so that 3822 could gain access to the loading point via the main line. The grease got on to the oil pads, blocking the oil, and causing problems. When we new pads were ordered for 7202 a set was ordered for a GWR tender, these were soaked in oil for 24 hours, then fitted to 3822, without missing a scheduled days operation.
Further pictures and details of operation will be published when time permits.
photograph J. Minchin
3822 will be visiting the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway next year, remaining there for most of the summer .
20th March 2002
3822 is now running, see launch page.
22nd February 2002
From information supplied by Neil Carr.
We had a good weekend last weekend. Much more painting achieved; the
barrel is now gloss black. The tender has had more paint work done and
the inside of the cab has been finished.
The Brick arch is built and the ashpan damper rods all fitted and
Next weekend we will fit the new superheater elements, this may seems strange,
but 3822 was given some old elements from No.4079 'Pendennis Castle' , these
have proven to past their best, so a new set is being fitted now rather than
in a couple of years time.
1st February 2002
3822 will be re-launched at Didcot on March 16th, before then the final coats of paint need finishing, which is being done by Didcot volunteers, and re-connection of the damper door rodding.5th November 2001
Work has started on the painting of 3822, as can be seen there is much rubbing down to be done to ensure a perfect finish.
3822 on a test run at Didcot on Saturday 29th, the run went so well that the following morning it was used on passenger trains for 1 hour. Later on the Sunday 3822 returned to the loco works for minor jobs to be finished and to be painted.
3822 on Saturday 29th September seen being prepared for a test run on the main demonstration line at Didcot.
3822 is shown having a test steam as it is now nearly finished, it was also connected to its tender today, along with its repaired fall plate, this can be seen in the lower picture. It is still planned to have the engine in steam for the GWS's 40th anniversary on the weekend of 29th/30th September 2001.
It is hoped that 3822 may be in steam at the GWS's 40th anniversary event at the end of September.
The top view shows the smokebox, A is the bottom of the chimney, the blower ring and petticoat have yet to be fitted, B is the regulator box, and C is the blast-pipe jumper ring with a piece on top to stop any bits falling down. As can be seen the steam pipes and superheaters are now all fitted.
The lower picture shows the new pistons in place with the cross head and rods, also visible is the vacuum pump.