News from 11th March 2016
Last month's brief diversion into the 21st Century and MIG welding has passed. The March working party has returned to the solid, good old-fashioned values of 1927. Away with your new-fangled welding, bring on the hot riveting!
To me, to you! ...
Job No 1 saw the replacement angle bracket fitted. The notch out in the bracket is to clear the gearbox when the frames are the right way up; they are still upside down at the moment.
The saga of the drivers’ side rear frame repair has also reached its conclusion.
Also at the cab end of the loco are a number of brackets supporting the step ‘pockets’ below the footplate. Several where very badly wasted and have been replaced. Matty Wolstenholme gets up close & personal with some hot stuff.
We managed to get the floor plates riveted in. The angle brackets in the photo below are original. It is strange how some of these brackets where fine and others completely corroded away.
We even managed to fit the angle iron stiffeners to the bottom of the buffer beams. All of the heavy work on the main frames is now complete, but we still need to replace some rotten steel on the sub frames. The drawing below records progress to date. The red bits have been restored and the blue bits replaced. The pink sub frames are the next area of work, together with turning the wheels. Dave Linton is making steady progress manufacturing replacement bolts and pins and we have received quotes for some new drive chains.