We had some slightly disappointing news at the weekend when Stuart Marks, the Project Engineer, gauged the profile of the wheel sets. The leading and trailing wheelsets whilst worn were within tolerance. However, the middle (driving) set was found to be below minimum tolerance.
The result of this discovery is that the wheels will need to be sent away for turning. This needs to be done before we can start on any reassembly of the loco, which, whilst not imminent is a constraint. We are negotiating to send them away at the same time as the wheels for 4MT No. 80151. This will reduce the cost of transport, although the full cost of the machining will need to be found! As we are not in an immediate rush to get the wheels back, they will stay at the workshop until the wheels for 80151 come back next year. Of course, we will have to make sure that the space that the wheels are currently occupying remains clear!