THE NORTH-WEST WALES 16mm MODEL RAILWAY GROUP

A GROUP WHICH IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ASSOCIATION OF 16mm NARROW GAUGE MODELLERS

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Ian Blackburn's Consolidated Shales Heavy-Haul Railway operates as a working system for the transportation of ore from the "Coolumusta 2" mine to the "Harrison Point Port" Discharge Facility. Above, we see a train of ore hopper wagons being filled at the mine in readiness for the trip to the Port.

Photograph courtesy of Mike Barton.

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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE FOR

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ANY ITEMS THAT ARE REPORTED AS BEING STOLEN WILL BE SHOWN BELOW!

BOILER TEST CODE 2018


The Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers has agreed a new boiler and LPG tank testing code which has effect from 1st May 2018. The code covers our insurance conditions relating to almost all boilers and gas tanks used in 16mm scale live steam locomotives.

Volume 2 of the code replaces the earlier guidance for boiler testing. For the majority of our locomotives with copper boilers the conditions appear to be largely unchanged from the earlier code, and it is advised that for boilers which have a valid hydraulic test certificate, owners/operators should carry out annual safety inspections, as indicated in the code, and record the results. Repeat hydraulic testing of brass boilers is now required every 3 years.

Volume 3 of the code is a new requirement that covers LPG tanks as used in the majority of our gas fired locomotives. The code requires that for home built gas tanks a test shall be carried out and a test certificate issued only by an inspector appointed by the Association(s). Subsequent leak testing safety checks are to be carried out, in accordance with the code, at 5 yearly intervals and the observations recorded on the safety check documentation. Commercially built tanks are apparently exempted from the testing regime, however, it is suggested they should be tested at 5 yearly intervals by a "competent person".


The nearest Association Boiler Inspector for our area now is in Flintshire - Member 5014, Gareth Jones.


A new "Record of Inspection and Safety Checks" document has been prepared to record the results of boiler and LPG tank inspections. A copy of this is available as a download from the Association's Insurance web page using the link below.

Further details may be found on the Association's Insurance web page at:

https://www.16mm.org.uk/membership/members-information/insurance/

USEFUL LINKS:


The Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers:

http://www.16mm.org.uk


The Llechfan Garden Railway at Towyn Wharf Station:

http://www.llechfan-garden-railway.org


The G Scale Society:

http://www.gscalesociety.com