Progress May 2021

Week One (and end of April) First job this week was on Monday to collect the new intermediate rod from SCISS water jet cutting and deliver it to Inca Geometric for final machining.  On Tuesday, the rear panels were taken down from 5668’s driver’s side tank so that the baffle angle brackets could be fully welded on and the lower shelf … 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

Progress December 2020

Final Weeks Closed for Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions. Week Three A shortened week due to the Tier 4 restrictions arriving on Saturday.  Progress continued with 5668’s tanks having the top angle removed so the corners of the overlapping side plates could be ground back. The front sections were delivered during the week and, with much difficulty and numerous quotes from The … Read More

Progress November 2020

Week Four Tuesday was spent working on the one-way walkway posts which was a shame given that, on Wednesday, Kent was placed in Tier 3 so the Santa trains have been cancelled.   Not only is that work down the drain but so is our last opportunity for some much-needed fundraising in 2020.  Progress on 5668’s tanks continued with brackets to attach … Read More

Progress October 2020

Final Week The camping coach emergency exit steps are nearing completion with the main framework all welded up and painted and new steps cut and welded on. This project has also given us the opportunity to provide a bit of welding training to one of our younger volunteers as well. The staff transport overhaul moved forward with the steering re-bushed … Read More

Progress September 2020

Work has continued on a number of fronts this month.  For 5668, the remaining salvageable angle pieces from the bunker have been cleaned up and painted while yet more drilling has taken place on the water tanks with this shot showing holes for one of the hand rails being drilled. New runners for the cab sides doors were made and the … Read More

Progress August 2020

The usual three working party days this week with most of Tuesday’s work being restricted to indoors given the amount of rain falling.  Fortunately there were plenty of bits of trim and angle that had been removed from 5668’s bunker that could be cleaned up, painted, labelled and stored away.   The refurbishment of the forge was completed, the rivet rack was moved … Read More

Progress April 2020

Week One Still no work at Rolvenden but, behind the scenes, progress is still being made.  Boiler work continues with the backhead being marked out for attaching the new manifold pad followed by drilling and trial fitting. The initial sections of platework for 5668’s tanks are being laser cut and folded and Dave S has been busy at home varnishing the … Read More