Bad weld cut out
|The hole cut out to remove the bad weld on the right side frame (All photos by Clive Emsley)|
The hole was cut into the right side frame to remove the sub standard weld. this is now ready to accept a patch which will be welded in shortly. This process will be carried out by a skilled welder and will result in a weld which will see us in a good state to produce a frame that will be suitable for many years to come.
|The right trailing and driving wheelsets|
Unfortunately the wheelsets did not get onto the lorry which took the wheels from the Standard Tank to the specialist facility in South Devon for turning, due to limited space. We have been assured that the wheels will depart to South Devon for tyre turning as a "back load" when the 2-6-4 tank's wheels are ready for return. This should be in about a month or so. This will not impact on the restoration programme though!
|The scrap cylinders used for assisting in the production of drawings|
Our next great push, and No.1 priority, is to order a set of cylinders for 27. The drawings will, it is hoped, be displayed at the BRPS AGM to demonstrate the task ahead. By that time we should also have a good idea of the cost of the job. We will also be putting on a display of the reasons why we need a new set of cylinders, and ways that you and others can help. The casting and machining of the cylinders will need to be funded by Project 27 and our loyal supporters, together with any new supporters that come forward to help! If any of your friends would like to help us please point them in our direction.