Engineering update - October 2013

The two outside motion brackets and boiler support brackets have now been cast and have been machined. The cab has been ordered from R.D. Moore's at Coalville for delivery at the end of October. The driving wheels have had all the tyres turned at Tyseley Locomotive Works, where work on machining the driving wheel axleboxes has been completed. These will be taken to the Llangollen Railway Works to be fitted to the frames. The rolling chassis with cab and smokebox will be exhibited at the National Memorial Arboretum and the Warley National Model Railway exhibition during November.

Following some issues with the machining of the inside cylinder block it was decided that the cost of remedial work would be greater than the cost of casting a new one. This took place at Coupe Foundry, Preston on 30th September at minimal cost to the project. This was successfully knocked out of the mould on the 7th October. The opportunity was taken to increase the machining tolerances on the new cylinder block which will be machined in early November. The outside cylinders will be cast using the same process during 2014, also using polystyrene patterns.


Newly turned driving wheels at Tyseley Loco Works on 24th September 2013. Photo by Bob Sweet.

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