Meanwhile, work continues on the boiler at HBSS with the new backhead now in place and a start made on riveting it to the fire hole.
5668’s tank construction is now back in full swing with all the bottom angle holes reamed ready for riveting, fabricating baffle angles, together with welding and grinding numerous parts.3
One of the first jobs was repairing sheeting round the bunco booth which had been damaged over the winter and required quite a lot of replacement.
Finally, to all our supporters, volunteers and those who follow our progress, we wish you a Merry, if restricted, Christmas and the hope of a better New Year.
On 4253, the top and bottom sections of the crossheads were painted, and the internal motion was given a thorough check over, clean and re-oiling after the long time the loco was out in the yard.2