2016 Blog

December 2016

  • Last remnants of copper firebox stays removed
  • Driver’s side rear cylinder cover repaired
  • Repair section for lower boiler barrel fabricated and prepped
  • Initial machining of under keeps completed

November 2016

  • Machining and trial fitting of axle boxes continues
  • New cylinder drain cock operating mechanism finished
  • Lap seam rivets at throat plate end of firebox replaced
  • Driver’s side rear cylinder cover repaired

October 2016

  • Start made on removing firebox lap seam rivets
  • Painting of wheelsets finished
  • First axle box fully machined and trial fitted
  • Full set of right side coupling rods obtained

September 2016

  • Pony truck fully reassembled
  • Boiler house roof extension built and fitted
  • New boiler backhead now on site
  • Final painting of wheel sets started

August 2016

  • Machining of horns completed
  • New drain cock brackets fabricated
  • New cab doors made
  • Motion brackets and rear sand boxes re-fitted

July 2016

  • New cylinder cladding completed
  • Throat plate removed from boiler
  • Fabrication of new cab window frames continues
  • Trailing axle horns ground

June 2016

  • Both lower side wrappers removed from boiler
  • First replacement arm welded onto brake shaft
  • Left leading horn tie repaired
  • New brake shaft arms machined

May 2016

  • Reaming out of smokebox mounting holes started
  • New cylinder cladding fabricated
  • Intermediate axle horns ground
  • New brake and spring hanger pins made

April 2016

  • Front sand boxes installed
  • Horn tie studs refurbished/replaced as necessary
  • Horn and axle lubrication couplings/units refurbished
  • All axle box rubbing plates riveted in place
  • Grinding of horn faces continues

March 2016

  • All axle and crank pins successfully NDT tested
  • New sand boxes finished
  • New set of spring hanger pins made
  • All copper and steel stays now removed from firebox
  • Refurb of gauge frame, damper doors and handbrake started

February 2016

  • New boiler throatplate, side wrappers, tube plate & longitudinal stays delivered
  • Bronze rubbing plates fitted to all axleboxes
  • Top beading riveted to both water tanks
  • Final riveting of new sandboxes completed

January 2016

  • Cab window frames refurbished
  • Smokebox attachment ring machined and fitted
  • Rivet holes for above all marked and drilled
  • Couplings fitted to new draw hooks and trial fitted