July 2018 update on steam locomotive No.35011 General Steam Navigation

Credit: GSN Society

The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society has released their July update on their quest to restore and build steam locomotive No.35011 General Steam Navigation.

Work has continued on the locomotive this month. Progress is being made on the machine shop front. Temperatures have been over 80 Degrees F in Ian’s Workshop, and that meant it was time to make some progress on the Klinger Valves.

All 4 bodies have now had the internal machining completed, these are now ready to be drilled for the cap mounting stud holes. These are now waiting for the drilling jig to be made.

2 large caps are now machined inside and out and are now awaiting jig drilling plus the machining of the metric trapezoidal thread.

One of the society members has volunteered to make all of the spring hangers and fittings for the trailing truck and bogie. The GSN Society has provided the material for the work to be completed. If anyone would like to contribute towards this cost, please get in touch with the Society.

Magazine Coverage

The Society and its project have been featured in Heritage Railway Magazine which was a roundup of work completed over the last year. This is great coverage for the society to gain some supporters.

GSN Society
Credit: GSN Society

The GSN Society has announced that they have acquired a brass lamp which is fitted with a bullseye lens, toggle switch and bulb holder inside.

This is reported to have come on Merchant Navy No.35024 East Asiatic Company and was purchased at a recent Railwayana auction. Gaining this is fantastic news for the project as the use of original components helps add character to the locomotive.

The lamp is one of the items which have been loaned on a long-term lease to the Society from one of their members.

Sad News

The Society has sadly announced the passing of project supporter and Bulleid 4DD Double Deck EMU Supporters Group Committee Member, Ian Ross. Ian was a great friend and helped publicise the project in the early days. It is a shock, and the Society’s, and RailAdvent’s, thoughts are with his family at this time.

  • So sorry to hear the sad news of the passing of Ian Ross such a lovely man and respected railway buff, all my best to his family. John Tart.