6/9/2015Pictures by Andy Savage show the latest progress on the chassis and and wheelsets
14/08/2015.Ron Walker reports:
Last week I was at Boston Lodge works helping with the FR Kids Training week. At the same time some of the team that are working on KS-4415 were there.
The chassis has had almost all of the components removed, and during the week it was lifted on to its side for cleaning underneath. With the chassis on its side, one can see where the locomotive was converted to 3 foot gauge. The contractors will soon be sandblasting it ready for minor repairs and re-painting.
The wheels are out and will be re-profiled soon, the springs have gone away for refurbishment.
A section of the old foundry has been cleared for the components, of which some have already been cleaned, others await cleaning.
3/5/2015.Pictures and report by by Dave High
The first picture shows the wheel sets, with springs attached to the top of the axleboxes and the turnbuckle chain tensioners. The tensioner between the leading & central axlebox was missing, the flat bar installed to allow the loco to be moved to Boston Lodge can clearly be seen. The near side far spring is also missing, but the temporary packers for the move can be seen. The tyres have a lot of life in them, and the journals & bearing are in such good condition that they can be re-used without any work. Subject to a detailed measure up the sprockets also appear to be serviceable, and a potential chain supplier has been identified. An immediate priority is to refurbish the springs, including the supply of a replacement. These are palleted up, ready for dispatch, with a copy of the original drawing. Job No 2 is to fettle up the tensioners and manufacture a replacement. Again, the original drawings are available
Removing the layshaft. In this picture on the left is the transmission band brake (which isn’t actually on the transmission). The sprocket for the chain drive to the wheels can then be glimpsed, followed by the spur gear which is the final link from the gear box.