The restoration team had their first working day of 2018 on Saturday 21st January when the angles were riveted to the rear drag box plate. The following pictures were taken during the process. It must be stressed that the work could only take place with the co-operation of the works manager and his staff in providing access to the space and equipment. This is much appreciated.
Ben and Cameron checking the gas lance at the start of the heating process
The process starting by heating the rivets
Georgie making sure the rivets are heated to the right temperature
The air powered riveting machine being used to make sure the results are consistent
Rueben and Matt setting up ready for the next rivet
All the angles riveted up and ready for the final machining of the side angles
The angles at the side of the plate will now need to be machined to form a tight joint between the angle and the plate. This will be carried out in the loco works again with the co-operation of the team in the workshop.
Painting is continuing on the wheel sets and hopefully these will be turned out in Maunsell Green before too much longer.
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