updated 18/02/13

7029 Clun Castle Appeal

7029 Clun Castle at Stroud 31/08/85

"Our aim is to keep Great Western Railway express steam engines alive on the main line in the 21st Century."

Help return 7029 Clun Castle to the mainline :
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7029 Clun Castle Appeal

In addition to the 7029 General Appeal, we are inviting you to sponsor Boiler Tubes and/or Stays.

We have also introduced an easy way to make your donations and sponsorships through "Charity Giving".

Charity Giving:

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CharityGiving will reclaim gift aid tax on your donation (if you are a UK taxpayer), meaning any donation is worth around 25% more. They also charge less than most other fundraising websites, so more money goes to this great cause!

We appreciate your support.

New Sales Items - Proceeds to 7029 Clun Castle Appeal

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Castles For The Future

Visitors to the NRM's '1968 An All That' remarked at how wonderful Clun Castle looked, and added that it ought to be back on the mainline. Birmingham Railway Museum Trustees want to do just that, however they need your help.

An appeal fund to overhaul 7029 Clun Castle entitled 'Castles For The Future' was formally launched at the Tyseley 100 Open Weekend in June 2008.

The overhaul has started, but will only progress as far as funds permit.

Further contributions will help to return to the main line this star of the 1964 'Farewell to Steam on the Western'.

Who knows? It may even get a chance to have another crack at that epic run!

With your help we could try to make it happen?

See letter from Chief Engineer >>

If you would like a copy of the
Castles For The Future appeal leaflet,
please click here >>

 

Donations to 7029 'Clun Castle' General Appeal

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Thank you message

Thank you very much to those making donations to Clun Castle's General Appeal & the two boiler overhaul sponsorship appeals.

Your donation will help towards our goal of re-steaming Clun in time for the 2013 season.

We appreciate and value your continued support.

Michael Whitehouse
Chairman - Birmingham Railway Museum Trust

 

Three Great Sales Items - Proceeds to 7029 Clun Castle Appeal

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Sponsor a tube

We are asking for you to sponsor the purchase and installation of a Boiler Tube in GWR Castle Class Number 7029 "Clun Castle".

At Tyseley Loco Works, the Birmingham Railway Museum Trust are in the process of restoring 7029 Clun Castle to Mainline Steam condition. We are targeting the 2013 Summer Open Weekend as Clun Castle's return to steam.

We are asking for a sponsorship of ₤35.00 for a Small Tube and ₤215.00 for a Large (Superheater) Tube.

Clun Castle requires 138 Small Tubes (2 inches in diameter) and 28 Large Tubes (5 1/8 inches).

Shown below is a tube-plate diagram from Clun's overhaul in Swindon Works dating back to June 1962. When sponsoring your tube, please request a tube lettered A > AB for the Large Tubes and numbered 1 > 138 for the Small Tubes. We will do our best to reserve the tube you wish, but it may have been previously selected. In this instance, we hope you accept our offer of the nearest available tube.

Shortly after receipt of your sponsorship, we will send you via post a Certificate confirming your sponsorship and the tube number signed by our Chief Engineer. We will also include a high-resolution Tube Plate Diagram detailing the location of your tube.

Boiler Tubes have a very varied amount of time in service. Typically Large Tubes last between 7 to 10 Years depending on the location within the boiler and the amount of times the engine is steamed. When your tube is decommissioned, we will send you a 4 inch length to use as a paperweight, door-stop or any other imaginative use you can think of! If you need a longer length, you are welcome to it but we might insist you pick it up in person!

We appreciate you assisting us with returning Clun Castle to steam. We will also add your email address to our monthly electronic newsletter that details our progress with Clun and the other engines in the Tyseley Collection.

 

Sponsor A Tube Donations

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Sponsor a Stay

We are asking for you to sponsor the purchase and installation of a Short Steel Boiler Stay in GWR Castle Class Number 7029 "Clun Castle".

At Tyseley Loco Works, the Birmingham Railway Museum Trust are in the process of restoring 7029 Clun Castle to Mainline Steam condition. We are targeting the 2013 Summer Open Weekend as Clun Castle's return to steam.

A boiler stay is an internal strengthener inside a steam boiler. Their function is to separate the inner (copper) firebox and outer (steel) wrapper. There are several forms of stays, according to the forces they must resist. Stays can be made of either copper or steel depending on their size and location within the firebox.

Although the design of stays to resist the simple pressure is relatively straightforward, careful design is required if they are to serve well and safely in use. Many boiler explosions have been caused by an initial failure in a boiler's stays.

Clun Castle is equipped with a modified GWR Type 8 boiler pressurized to a maximum of 225 PSI.

Smaller stays, located towards the bottom of the firebox near the foundation ring, can be as short a 5 inches. Crown stays are located on the top of the boiler and can reach 24 inches.

For this overhaul, it is estimated that Clun Castle will require the following number of Stays. Also listed is the estimated Manufacture & Installation cost:

737 Short Steel Stays (5 inches) £5.50
230 Long Steel Stays (7 inches) £7.50
611 Copper Stays (7 inches) £15.00
340 Steel Crown Stays £28.00

Unfortunately, the stays are destroyed in the removal process, otherwise we would be willing to send you a used one, however, we do appreciate you assisting us with returning Clun Castle to steam. We will also add your email address to our monthly electronic newsletter that details our progress with Clun and the other engines in the Tyseley Collection.

 

Sponsor a Stay Donations

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7029 Clun Castle
Tyseley 100 June 2008
Clive Hanley
7029 tube-plate diagram
Tube-plate Diagram 1962

7029 Clun Castle at Tyseley
Tyseley 2008
Phil Neale

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