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ULS Blog March 2019

3rd Apr 2019

So it’s finally here; the year that will see 506 storming back ‘over the alps’ is at last upon us. We literally are just a few months away from the big day but there is still an awful lot ...

ULS Blog Oct’18

12th Oct 2018

Well what a glorious summer we’ve had this year. I hope you all enjoyed the fantastic weather and had some wonderful holidays – or maybe just took the time to soak up the rays in your own garden. Whatever you ...

Another Urie Success!

4th Jul 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the ULS open day last Saturday, it was great to see so many familiar faces and a good number of new ones as well; the sun certainly shone on us with a significant sum being raised ...

Urie Loco Society Open Day

26th Jun 2018

Just wanted to post a quick reminder that the Urie loco Society will be holding our annual open day on Saturday June 30th. It’s the one day a year when the engineering team stay clean (of course, clean is a ...

ULS Blog June 2018

12th Jun 2018

Firstly my apologies to those of you who do like to be kept abreast of progress on both 506 and 499. Every month I fully intend to provide an update and every month business gets in the way; it’s an unfortunate symptom ...

ULS Blog November 2017

14th Nov 2017

At last the ULS engineering team has begun working on 2 fronts. I mentioned in my last update that we had completed the front end rebuild of 30506 but since then we have completed a number of more straightforward jobs on the loco. 3 rivets ...

Urie Loco Society June 2017

13th Jun 2017

Blogs have been thin on the ground during recent months I’m afraid, but the same cannot be said for the engineering output! The team have been working flat out on 30506, the front end rebuild of which is now complete. This ...

Urie Loco Society Blog November’16

16th Nov 2016

In my last report I commented that we had fully riveted the centre casting of 30506 to the new frame sections. This was sort of true as the 2 remaining rows of holes at the bottom of the casting were deemed too difficult to ...

Urie Loco Society Blog, 18 Month Catchup‏

7th Jun 2016

18 months +; that’s how long it’s been since I last wrote a missive about the ULS! I really don’t know where that time has gone but I can only apologise and thank you for your patience in ...

Urie Blog 20 October

20th Oct 2014

A quick pre-gala update on what’s been going on in the ULS since my last general post back in April. 499 Work on 499 has primarily been focused toward the rear of the loco. The cab itself has now been painted in dark ...

The Front Fell Off!!

28th Aug 2014

Urie Blog   Well, we’ve been threatening for some time now that this was going to happen, but last weekend it finally did... the front fell off 506! To be more precise, the front 9’ of wasted frame section on the ...

Urie Blog 30 April

30th Apr 2014

I cannot believe that it’s almost 6 months since I last reported on our activities in the ULS – that old adage that time passes faster as you get older certainly appears to have a grip on me! The good news is that ...

Urie Blog June-July

22nd Aug 2013

Whilst the dry weather of late hasn't been particularly kind to the MHR (fire risk and consequent withdrawal of steam services), it's certainly been a big help to the ULS guys working on 499! Working out in the open, we’re very weather ...

Urie Blog Feb-May

15th Jun 2013

Those of you who have read my blogs over the past few years will be aware that I don’t routinely mention names. This time however, I’m going to break the rules – and dedicate this particular blog to my late father, ...

ULS – Platework Ordered

28th Feb 2013

499 Work since my last post has mainly focused on the cab roof. The platework and rolled angles have been sourced, shaped, cut and dry fitted. Once we were happy with the finished product, the whole lot was taken down as one piece, ...