18th June 2021

Having considered the options for the refurbishment of the coupled wheel axleboxes it was decided that the existing bearings and horn liner bronzes were beyond recovery and should be replaced. The unwanted 12mm holes will be plugged and sealed and the 3/8” BSW holes...

27th May 2021

Mention was made earlier about the datum wires which have been set up at each cylinder bore centre line from the front of each cylinder to behind the rear coupled axle location. In addition ground steel datum bars have been set up at each coupled axle centre line on...

30th April 2021

Efforts have been concentrated on completing the assembly of the front frame components which have been riveted in place with the exception of the curved section of the RH running plate support angle (see first photo. on 29 March top centre). On assembly it was found...

2nd April 2021

Front footplate brackets and angles recovered from the old frames have been prepared ready to be fitted to the new behind the front buffer beam. Included are the front footsteps. Fitting of the brake and spring gear is being progressed. This is a check fitting of a...

12th March 2021

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...

23rd February 2021

Having completed the assembly of the extension frames and cylinders with all the bolts fitted and tightened down the opportunity was taken to try the pony truck in position to confirm clearances would allow truck to swing adequately. Although the extension frames were...