Progress June 2021

Week Two The week started with turning 5668’s water tank onto its side which involved the hoist, a lot of people and a lot of care. This was so the tank could be riveted to the base plate and involved positioning the joining angle and then drilling, reaming and bolting it all together which occupied the majority of Tuesday.  On … 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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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

Newsletter No. 9 – Winter 2020

In This Issue: A Year of Good ProgressA Riveting Good Read!Notice of AGM MeetingWhat is a Crosshead?Boiler Progress End of Year ReportStay With Us Appeal

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