Progress August 2021

Week One (Final days of July) Tuesday and Friday of this week mainly involved annealing the last of 4253’s boiler tubes, cleaning the ends, oiling them and then stacking them on the purpose built pallet. Other jobs included removing all the drop grate parts from storage and giving them a clean-up and measure to ascertain the required size for the … Read More

Progress July 2021

Week Four One loco off the to-do list this week as 6619’s boiler is now fully revealed and awaiting the boiler inspector’s visit.  During Tuesday and Friday, 5668’s tank had the top panels bolted into place and reamed as necessary. Others were on the long task of annealing the ends of 4253’s tubes (with this shot clearly showing the furnace) cleaning … Read More

Progress June 2021

Week Four Another full week working on 4253, 5668 and 6619.  Tuesday saw 4253 moved from road 2 to road 1 in the shed which is the first time she’s moved with all the inside motion connected up and, thankfully, there were no issues.  Work continues on the machining of the pressure relief valves. Meanwhile others were grinding and assembling more of … Read More

Progress May 2021

Final Week Tuesday saw 4253 get a bit if a clean up after its extended period living in the open plus more painting of 5668’s fireman’s side tank components. Work continued on the motion with various trimmings made, split pins fitted and a new cotter pin made for the pony truck.  This continued on Friday with more work on the motion … Read More

Progress April 2021

Week Three Work continues on 5668’s driver’s side tank which, as usual, means someone has to wedge themselves inside it to mark the positions for yet more holes to be drilled. After that, the panel concerned gets taken down and a set of calipers used to mark the position of those holes that couldn’t be marked from inside the tank. … Read More

Progress March 2021

We Are Back! Week 4 Decent progress this week as everyone gets back into the swing of it.  Luckily there are so many different thinks to be progressed that we can accommodate quite a few people as they’re all working in separate areas.  Tuesday and Friday saw more work on the baffles and associated brackets for 5668’s driver’s side tank plus yet … Read More

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