2018 Blog

December 2018

  • Eccentrics, expansion links and eccentric rods fitted
  • Splasher to protect vacuum pump made and trial fitted
  • Boiler barrel repair section welded in under supervision of boiler inspector
  • Lower slide bar on fireman’s side aligned and fitted

November 2018

  • Eccentric strap white metal bearings scraped to fit
  • New thrust washers machined for motion components
  • Splash covers made for rear wheels
  • New slide bar pins made

October 2018

  • Scraping in of eccentric bearings started
  • Driver’s side valve chest rebored
  • Draincock assemblies fitted
  • New die blocks fitted to expansion links

September 2018

  • Fireman’s side valve chest rebored
  • New expansion link die blocks bored
  • New bushes made and fitted to the inside motion
  • New smokebox dart bar finished

August 2018

  • Start made on installing boring machine to bore valve chests
  • Superheater header cleaned out
  • New motion pins made
  • Welding of new ashpan completed

July 2018

  • New smokebox dart bar finished
  • Superheater header steam pipes reburbished
  • Steam pipe to smokebox sealing plates made
  • Injector pipework fitting continues

June 2018

  • Motion components measured for new pins
  • Ashpan tunnel sections welded in and ground back
  • Injector delivery pipework started
  • New boiler barrel section drilled and prepped for welding

May 2018

  • Damper doors made and fitted to ashpan
  • New dart bar parts fabricated
  • Missing brake beam safety chains made and fitted
  • Slipper block oil pots machined

April 2018

  • Cab refitted after final riveting
  • Second injector overflow pipe made and fitted
  • Ashpan outer framework now fully assembled
  • Fabrication of water supply copper pipework started

March 2018

  • White metal poured for the eccentrics
  • Construction of new ash pan started
  • First injector overflow pipe made and fitted
  • Tool box and window hinges fitted

February 2018

  • All brake pull rods fitted
  • Both injectors fitted
  • Final riveting on cab undertaken
  • Building up of boiler barrel base completed

January 2018

  • Riveting on of new boiler barrel section started
  • Remaining accessible lap seam rivets replaced
  • Old white metal removed from eccentrics
  • Cab removed for final riveting