Matt has been hard at it with the grinder and drill again!A large number of rivets on the frames have been ground flush and blow holes drilled to enable the rivets to be removed. The rivets that need to be removed include the ones holding the footplating to the valance frames, those holding the valance on and those which hold the foot steps in position.
This is all to allow us to remove the existing bent and distorted valance plates in preparation for new ones being cut to size and installed.
|Holes drilled through the rivets holding the footplating to the valance framing (all pictures Matt Holloway)|
|The drilled and ground rivets following cleaning|
|The rivets holding the steps to the valance have been drilled and ground flush|
|The rear part of the valance drilled and ground ready for burning|
We are currently fund raising for a new set of cylinders for the loco ( a second set will be cast at the same time for loco No.178). The cost of the casting will be in the region of £7,000 with the cost of machining and transport adding another £7,000 to £8,000 to the cost making a total of around £15,000. If you should happen to know anyone who has recently won the lottery, please point them in our direction!
We are a totally self funding sub committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society, so every penny spent on the loco needs to be raised by receiving donations, selling gifts and items of interest or taking more valuable donated items to auction.
For more information on how you can donate or help in any way, please E Mail us at email@example.com you can also now find our newly evolving Facebook page, just search for Project 27.