This week we continued our preparation work on 541 parts for the new tender.The tender top beadings were completed after repair and primed and put aside till required .The front coal space panel had lots of holes drilled in it and the angle trial fitted .The water valve rod operating boss’s holes were die ground out for correct fit as both are slightly different sizes .The front new bent section had the infill bits cut out ready to be welded in when the cut sections that were done for bending are removed.The cataloguing of all our drawings continued .The front side sheets were drilled outside between the showers and the weld preps were done .Friday we carried on with drilling the front sheet putting the coal door runners on and drilling the door hight holes . We cut out 2 doubling plates for the water valve operating bosses and fitted them we now can drill and tap the stud holes that hold it all together .The 2 steps on the back of the tender were remove for refurb before reusing them .Sunday, the team set to work on the new end section for the new coal space floor welding all the cut sections together after bending .Work continued on fitting the brackets that hold the operating levers for the water valve mechanism .The bosses that the levers attach to had the holes drilled and the holes tapped out for the holding studs.The back top beading was heated and brought back to shape ready for the fixing strip to be welded on prior to fixing on the new platework .We had a very interesting week we are getting a franchise for milk supply to the cream tea service on train catering services.Thanks to all who helped this week on all projects . ... See MoreSee Less
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This week we for a change worked 3 days .Tuesday we packed the new brake cylinder up to have the ½” bit removed as it was too long .Work on the ball float for the water gauge from 541 tender has started when we removed it looked a basket case.The toolboxes we riveted Sunday had the new strip for attaching the front door hinges to be bolted up for riveting ,along with the platework countersunk .Work on the door hinges including grinding off the old welds , filling some old holes and grinding back for drilling .The 2 top side beadings had the new material cut to size and drilled then tacked and welded in place for completion at the weekend .The back sheet from the coal space was cleaned up the top beading was reamed then fitted then primed just now needs riveting together .Wednesday the Ikea build your own tender flat pack arrived .Friday the team started the long job of checking that all the bits of the pack were all there , not a quick job and numbering them.We removed the toolboxes and back panel to outside and tided up the boiler room in the booth, getting ready to start building .Work continued on the ball float with the removal of the old operating rod (easy job that was) when this was completed the components had a nice relaxing acid bath it all looks a bit different now . Highlight of the day Graham came to visit us a former work colleague and promptly got his car stuck in the field , international rescue went into action .Sunday we started to move the sheets around for 541 getting the weld preps done on the edges . The top beadings were completed with all the welding done and ground back now ready for priming in the week another job done and ticked off the list .More work done on the float we made the decision to remove the boss so we could get to the bottom side to re tap the thread .The first sheets were laid out for the tender and some angle bent to fit the platework ,with lots of holes marked for drilling . The last 2 templates were cut for the firebox crinolines .Thanks to every one who helped with this weeks endeavours on the project . ... See MoreSee Less
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