Tuesday, 9 August 2016

A busy weekend for Matt and Ben

Yet more stripping of the frames!

After much drilling and gas cutting the side valances are ready for removal (all pictures Matt Holloway)
Another weekend of drilling and gas cutting took place this week.  Matt was ably assisted by Ben during the weekend.  The side valances and footsteps have now been removed and set aside to be used as patterns for new parts to be made.

The countersunk holes in the footplating following removal of the rivets

The holes that were exposed following the removal of the rivets show the shape they should be!

The Right Hand side valance removed using the fork lift.
The two side valances were removed in quick succession using the fork lift to support and then lift them away from the frames following the removal of the temporary bolts.

The second (LH side) valance was removed shortly after the first
With the removal of the valances it is possible to get a better view of the severely corroded rear end of the frames

Once the valances were removed, it was easier to see the corrosion at the rear of the frames and the amount that will need to be removed and replaced with new material.

The two side valances on a small trolley prior to being stowed before use as a pattern for new parts
The corrosion on the inside faces of the valance is evident in this picture

This end of the vallance is quite evidently totally life expired!

The work continues, but it is only possible due to the volunteering of enthusiastic and skilled engineers and with support from donations and other income raised by the project.

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Clive D. Emsley

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