3 days this week getting all the unfinished jobs done on 4253 frames.The studs for the valve glands were removed and run down and refitted on both sides of the loco. The front running plates were trimmed to allow easier removal for work on the valves .The cladding sheets that were cut to size had the edges dressed and a second coat of paint applied .The valve cross heads were removed from storage and polished. The new door locks were fitted to the cupboard and the drill sexing continued as well.Friday the plate roller rewiring started and took most of the day, we will now be able to use them for the cladding work on 4253 safetlyThe vacuum pump oil supply was sorted out .The extra cladding sheets turned up along with the angle for fixing together this was cleaned and primed and will be cut up on Sunday .The great rivet hunt took place for the smokebox rivets, and we have enough to do the job .HBSS are continuing with the boiler getting the internal steam pipes ready to fit (see pics ) The frames on the driver’s side were cleaned down for the welders to finish this weekend .Sunday the welding team continued the hole repairs on the frames where the tank sits on the driver’s side .The last of the cladding sheets were cut to size and then labelled ready for later use when the boiler returns .The new holding bars were started to be machined for the vacuum cylinder.Thanks to all who helped with the loco this week . ... See MoreSee Less
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This week 3 days standard working on 4253.Tuesday the team were working on lots of bits to improve our storage space in the booth.We started to rub down the cladding sheets for the boiler and get them painted the to trim to the correct size and store till the boiler returns .Work continued on the brake cylinder base with the studs being replaced and new fitted while waiting for the new section to arrive .The repaired frames were painted as well .Friday we removed the sheet metal from the boiler room as we found that it was the wrong grade . So, lots of cleaning down and painting took place of the sheets we found to replace them lots of lovely red rust to remove .The boiler is coming on well with all the crown stays fitted and finished . (see pics)We got a phone call from our boiler makers HBSS just before lunch telling one of the internal steam pipes had a crack in it. We decided rather just braze a new end on we would replace the whole section .A replacement pipe was found 100” long then it had a protective coat fitted and is on its way to Liverpool to HBSS.After the pipe incident we went back to finishing the cladding sheet painting .The wheels got fitted to our new storage unit and all the other bits being worked on got completed .Sunday the team embarked on lots of jobs including marking out the cladding sheets and getting the maximum of bits out off a sheet .They were then cut to size and marked for identification at a later date .The other major job undertaken was removing the valves for measuring the ports and everything else associated with the valves .This job was done, and the valves refitted to the loco before the end of play .All the retaining rods for the vacuum cylinder had all the new nuts drilled for split pins .Thanks to everyone who came and helped this week . ... See MoreSee Less
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