Every year we run a Santa Special train, and Santa himself arrives to the small town of Mariefred with the 14.14 from Läggesta nedre to Mariefred. It was a nice and crisp day with about -10 C. Most of the passenger cars has small wood stoves so they can be kept nice and warm, a nice experience with lit kerosene lanterns in the winter darkness.
Stafsjö No 2 Virå fick i år äran att dra tåget som tomten kom med till Mariefred, här kommer några bilder från den kyliga och klara dagen med ca – 10 C, men med de vedeldade kaminerna i några av vagnarna och tända fotogenlyktor så är det en trevlig upplevelse att åka med de gamla tågen i vintermörkret.
Some pictures from this years Ghost Special,. this year we anticipated a increase in the interest so we extended the Ghost Special to two days and in total 9 trains with 7 passenger cars which all were sold out in advance, in total about 1400 people rode with the ghost trains.
Här kommer lite bilder från halloweenhelgens spöktåg i Mariefred, ett helt utsålt evenemang med ca 1400 resenärer under de två dagarna – alla 9 spöktågen var helt utsålda.
Från en ung entusiast har vi fått lov att publicera en film från lördagens spöktåg
Detta är inte sista gången vi kör i år, den 28 november kör vi adventståg, och kanske är det så att tomten är med på det tåget.
Den ordinarie trafiksäsongen 2021 avslutades med Museibanans dag i bästa tänkbar höstväder, 5 ånglok och 1 diesellok var i drift. För att klara den intensiva trafiken krävdes det ca. 45 tjänstgörande personer. ÖSlJ vill tacka alla som besökt oss och stöttat vår verksamhet under sommaren och hoppas vi ses igen 2022!
Nu börjar det intensiva arbetet med att börja förbereda inför nästa års trafik.
This year we could arrange our traditional End of Season Gala the 25th of September. In perfect autumn weather five steam locos and one diesel were running trains for a full 12 hours. This was achieved by the coordinated efforts by a staff of 45 volunteers. In Läggesta alone 66 arriving and departing trains were handled.
In april the steam locomotive JGJ 9 was put under steam to check if the pipe fittings on the left hand cylinder that drains condensation water from the valve chest and cylinders to the drain cocks did not leak under pressure (the rolled up sheets served as protection of the recently painted tank sides)
The passenger car JGJ 10 that has been under restoration for several years is now complete and ready to enter service as well as the bogie goods waggon JGJ 107.
Both of these were built by Södertälje verkstäder in 1900 and 1914 respectively
We took a classical delivery photo against the wall of our workshop, and as JGJ 9 also had to be moved from the workshop to the engine shed we took the opportunity to take a photo of a short JGJ train
Här kommer bilder från vårt spöktåg som vi körde 24 oktober 2020. Vi vill börja med att tacka alla som kom och besökte oss, både spöken och ”spökdiggare”. Vi hade inte räknat med så stort intresse för denna dag och vill be om ursäkt till er som inte lyckades få biljett. Vanligtvis är det inte ett problem med att få biljetter till våra tåg, men med hänsyn till pandemin var vi tvungna att ha begränsat antalet biljetter till varje avgång för att undvika trängsel i vagnarna. Till nästa år ska vi undersöka möjligheten att förhandsboka biljetter via internet till denna dag.
Denna dag avslutar även vår trafik för år 2020. Nu blickar vi mot nästa år och hoppas på att se er igen.
No 10 Avesta is nearing completion, the connecting rods has been fitted and the bearings has been shimmed to the right clearance – a simple rolling test was performed and as you can see it does not take much effort to get the loco in motion. All running gear has now been fitted and the locomotive is ready for a steam trial.
There has also been some progress with No 10 Avesta, she has been lowered on her axles recently – new lubricating pads (wowen in our own workshop on the special loom we have for this purpose) have been installed in the axle boxes. It remains to fit the coupling rods, side rods and the valve gear before the engine can be taken out fora test run. We hope that have her running on ”museibanans dag” in september
Vi är nu inne i på upploppet med att få ångloket JGJ 9 klart, vi har jobbat intensivt de senaste veckorna med att montera armaturer, injektorer, ångvissla, slipat in ventiler och lagt i nya glander.
Now we are on the finishing straight with JGJ 9, all valves, injectors, fittings are in place on the boiler and we could fire the boiler to check how the injectors are working. Before the firing we put in new seals on the level glass tubes and checked for leaks with soap water onthe flange of the renovated gresham injector on the right hand side. The ash pan has had some rust holes that required new plating to welded in – the front lid was locked in the closed position and a short lip was welded on the backside to prevent ash falling on the track when the rear lid is open. After a the boiler was fired we let the loco cool in the evening sun before stabling her in the engine shed
A track inspection was done in the last week in May and some of the remarks had to be fixed before trains could run to Taxinge-Näsby. We already had Hamra under steam because of the film shoot earlier in the day (see link below) .The wooden platform in Hedlandet is pushed back as it had been pushed to close to track during the winter.Hamra was turned around in Taxinge-Näsby before the return trip to Mariefred
May is usually a very busy time but the Corona-virus has affected everything, for us as well as for everyone else, normally we start operations traditionally on 1st May but due to recommendations operations have been postponed to 21st June. The Corona situation means that there are less people in the workshops and for other duties. But we have made quite good progress despite of the situation.
Our loco shed has had smoke vents for two locos that could be lowered over the loco chimneys. These have been tricky to operate and were now life expired. New vents have been installed made by stainless steel, they extend a bit along the track and are fitted with ejectors to lift the smoke on cold damp mornings.
Our Hartmann feldbahn loco No 8 Emsfors is in need of the boilertube replacement, as they are welded to the tube plate, work has started by grinding down the welds in order to be able to remove the tubes.
To be able to run steam locos along the line, all water barrels for fire protection have to be filled. We spent a nice day along the line with a barbecue lunch, filling them – on some places they are placed quite high . The station cat in Läggesta Nedre took some interest in our activities.
On loco No 9 work has been intense in May, we filled the water tanks to check if the leak was still present, but no leakage could be seen. The rear bogie has been removed, cleaned and the wheels painted – and some interesting stampings were found on the axle and the wheels. The bogie had to be removed to take down the ash pan in order to weld in some new plates on the sides.
On No 5 ”Hamra” we performed the regular inspection required to take the loco into operation , and also lighted her up for a trial run – we have a small supply of coal in Mariefred but to fill the coal box we had to go to Läggesta nedre.
The tank wagon MJ 58 has had the tank and frames repainted.
KLJ 50 is a standard goods wagon undercarriage, built by the Kosta workshop for KLJ in 1900. This was rescued from a scrap heap at Aspa bruk in the 60’s and has seen a lot of abuse, the side beams are in reasonable condition but the buffer beams and corner joint plates were in poor condition and will be replaced. Our wagon master Henrik seems to wonder if this ”wreck” is possible to restore… the oak timbers had some rot at the ends but was in a surprising good condition.
Short closed vans were very characteristic for the Kosta line as they transported glass products in need of weather protection. We got a suitable body for it some years ago and it has already been overhauled at an external workshop. The combination will be numbered after the original number of the van, KLJ G 63. This will be the fourth overhauled wagon of this type, very practical as luggage vans for prams and bikes on our trains.
New buffer stops, destined for Taxinge-Näsby, are welded together
The new red flash lights for the level crossings require some work in the signal box
Vårt lokstall har varit med länge och de rökhuvar som finns placerades olyckligt när det byggdes så loken måste ställas väldigt nära portarna för att hamna under huven. Nu har vi beställt nya huvar av en lokal plåtslagare och de har monterats i lokstallet.