Steady progress is being maintained on the frames with the front buffer beam (now fully drilled) bolted into position and the buffers fitted having been overhauled. These mask the work done on completing the fitting of the front dragbox and the leading pony truck centre. Yet to be done to the buffer beam are drilling the hole for the front steam heat train pipe and completion of the cutting of the rectangular hole in the centre ready for fitting the front coupling hook.
To reinforce the ends of the buffer beam outside the frames, brackets are fitted between this and each main frame plate. These were on hand but have been found not to comply with the design drawings so are being replaced with correct versions, thanks to Bob Meanley being able to provide a copy of the appropriate drawing.
The incorrect buffer beam brackets awaiting their fate.