2019 Blog

December 2019 Firebox palm stays fettled and fitted ready for riveting New throatplate riveted to boiler section New steam heat shut-off valves made and fitted Crank pins and rods measured for machining bushes November 2019 New brasses for side rods rough machined Final welding in of throatplate finished New backhead cladding started Firebox lap seams caulked in October 2019 New … Read More

Progress October 2019

Week 4 This week’s work started with the concrete pour for our new entrance ramp followed by some floor painting.  The boiler expansion brackets were needle gunned to get the rust out of the hollows on the back that accommodate the boiler’s stay heads after which they were given a coat of heat resistant paint. In preparation for Sunday’s riveting … Read More

Newsletter No.1 – Autumn 2019

It’s been a while since our last newsletter, but we now have a dedicated team in place to provide regular updates for our members.

‘Old Site’ Photos

We are busy curating thousand’s of photos from our archive, and will add new galleries over time. Meanwhile, these are a few of the photos from our old site. Click on an image for a larger version.

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 … Read More

2017 Blog

December 2017 Foundation ring refitted to firebox New rocking shaft bearings fully machined New piston rods and injectors received New, fully machined hydrostatic lubricator collected November 2017 Brake shaft fully repaired and trial fitted Rear window protection bars fabricated New cab window and door latches made Foundation ring repairs completed October 2017 Reversing lever, quadrant and rear sander handle installed … Read More

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 … Read More

2015 Blog

December 2015 Horn grinding machine undergone successful trials New front section of boiler barrel positioned and drilled All steel firebox stays now removed Majority of copper firebox stays drilled out November 2015 Axle boxes drilled for brass rubbing plates New smokebox assembled and door fitted New front handrails fabricated Front section of boiler barrel removed Superheater header studs removed and … Read More

2014 Blog

December 2014 Rear panels completed for water tank Complete trial build of water tank finished Old white metal removed from slipper blocks Fabrication of horn grinding machine started November 2014 New coupled keeps and guide liners obtained for axle boxes All axle box rubbing plates removed Crack on frame by left leading horn repaired Top panels and baffles for left … Read More