Pudsey Roller Restoration Fund - November 2009

During the summer, the PRRF sales stand has attended several events starting at Pudsey Carnival in Queen’s Park in mid-May – and Ian Fearnley’s Sentinel steam wagon took part in the Carnival procession as well. The Association and the PRRF were represented at the Yorkshire Vintage Association’s huge tractor event at Newby Hall near Boroughbridge in June and later, in July, the stand attended at a bus-related show at Leeds United’s football ground at Elland Road and was also at the Leeds & District Traction Engine Club’s Toy Steam Engine event in Pudsey Park. At the end of August, the stand was at the Traction Engine Rally at Harewood at August bank holiday and at Pudsey Civic Centre in October.

Earlier in the year as a result of some exceptionally good publicity afforded the project by the local paper, the Pudsey Times, and organised by our co-opted Fund member Brian Woolhouse, an approach was made by Paul Hogarth, a tutor in the Engineering Department at the Leeds City College. As a result of this contact, the college students are now on-board and helping with various aspects of the project. They are very enthusiastic and are undertaking various restoration tasks at the college, including the production of some necessary drawings using the CAD/CAM systems available there. Some work in the production of new valve rods and other repairs to the motion is also underway. In addition, the college have organised the production of a pattern using the old cracked and damaged chimney base and this has now been cast free of charge by the Huddersfield foundry of H Downs on Leeds Road. Machining of this will be on-going during the next few months. A new ashpan is also on the agenda. Additional tasks are now being looked at for the new intake of students who have started in the autumn.

The newly launched support organisation – Friends of Pudsey Roller – is continuing to recruit members. This was launched at mid-day during the Pudsey Roller’s Duo-Day which took place on 4th April 2009. It was ‘rolled out’ by Lauren Prince, who was the then Pudsey Carnival Queen during the Family and Local History Fair held at Pudsey Civic Hall. Later in the day there was a meeting at Pudsey Conservative Club at which a slide presentation was given by Derek Rayner and the future of the new organisation was then discussed.

The Pudsey Civic Society kindly agreed to allow FoPR leaflets to be enclosed in their recent newsletter and hopefully more members will result from that. A leaflet is enclosed with this Journal and you are encouraged to become a member of FoPR to show your support for the roller’s restoration. A meeting for FoPR members and friends is to be held on 20 November in Pudsey – please see overleaf – and come along and show your support.

At the October RRA committee meeting, Derek Rayner reported that the Fund went out to tender for a new tender for the Roller in July and after due comparison of the figures submitted, a contract has been let with the Hunslet Steam Company of Tamworth (Graham Lee – who we visited at his excellent Statfold Barn Railway during the Association’s 2008 AGM weekend at Burton-on-Trent). A quotation has also been received to replace the boiler barrel – which is also no longer serviceable. This will be pursued when the existing barrel is de-riveted – a task for which arrangements are now in hand. Work on the provision of a new chimney (pledged) is also progressing and certain other components are being lined up for shot blasting and priming. The treasurer advised that the total amount raised so far is £14,368.22 excluding bank interest.

Further appearances of the PRRF stand are planned for the winter months. If anyone wishes to get involved in the fund raising or requires further information about the new organisation, Friends of Pudsey Roller, please contact Derek Rayner.