|The four guard irons together with the struts to the left (all pictures by Clive Emsley)|
The weld that was carried out during the locos days with either the Southern or BR has been ground out for investigation and it is apparent that there is some work required. The weld was found to be full of weld slag to a fair depth. Currently it is under discussion as to the way forward. It may be possible to grind out further material and still reweld the repair. The other option will be to cut out around the weld and weld in a patch. The decision on the course of action will be taken shortly.
The ground out weld repair showing the holes left by the weld slag.
It has been arranged that the wheels will go away on the same lorry as the wheels from 80151 to the South Devon Railway for tyre turning and journal skimming. Whilst it is good news that we can share the cost of the transport, we will need to pay the full cost of the machining of the wheel sets and we will need to make a contribution towards the transport. The cost of this is not yet confirmed but if you would like to help us by contributing towards the transport and machining costs we would be greatly pleased. For further information on how to help please contact us by E Mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post addressed to The Fenchurch Fund - Project 27 via Sheffield Park.