A picture report from Matt Holloway on the removal of the front balance weightMatt Holloway has been busy with the cutting torch again! This time he has been removing the last remaining parts from the front of the frames, consisting of the balance weights and framework that holds both the weights and front buffer beams in place.
A shot showing the molten slag which has been blown through the remains of the rivet from the
previously drilled blow through hole which thus weakened the rivet allowing it to be driven out
The picture above shows the results of Matts labours. Initially a hole was drilled through the rivet (see earlier post) and then the rivet was burned out with the slag running through the drilled hole. The example above shows the solidified slag which had been blown through during the operation.
|The counter weight removed, well, half of it!|
The LHS counter weight ready to be removed with all rivets drilled, Gas cut and driven out! two
temporary bolts only remain which are holding it in place!
More rivets to be removed to allow the front end to be dismantled!
|A pic of the front end showing both counterweights removed.|
|And the front end dismantled complete!|
|The kit of bits marked up for the dismantled front end|
Our main thrust for fundraising at present is to fund a set of cylinders for 27. The total cost of which is expected to be in the region of £15,000 for a fully machined set of castings.
If you would like to donate towards the cost of restoring this pretty little loco, there are a few ways to do so. For further details please go to the restoration page for the loco on the Bluebell Railway web site at the following address:
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Thank you for your continued support and with your help we will have the loco working in a few years, resplendent in Southern Railway green.