A Major Step Forward
With the weather firmly on our side the restoration team, led by Matt, has made great progress towards achieving the goal of erecting the new frames by the end of the year!
With a few weekends and a couple of days holiday to spare Matt and Ben have all but completed the drilling of all the holes in the new frame plates! This is great news and a major step forward in the rebuilding of the loco.
Following on from the drilling, reaming and tapping of the holes in the frames, all of the horn slots must be machined square prior to the erection of the frames. Hopefully this will be carried out before the weather changes and working outside becomes untenable.
Also, at the July working day the team got together and took the plunge. The disassembling of the remains of the old frames, turning it into a flat pack P tank! The pictures below show the process taking place.
We also welcomed Russ Hubner to the team who made himself most helpful drilling and shelling out broken stays in the front counterweight! pictures of this process are also below.
The opportunity was also taken to have a good clear up of our little site and set-up a new area with better forklift access for assembling the new frames. This involved placing the wheels on their track panel where the old frames were to allow better access for working on the new frames. You can get an impression of the changes from the aerial photo below.
Temporarily we have placed the cab in this area to help Clive Emsley and his team of Network Rail Employees who are giving their Charity works days assisting in the cleaning up and painting the cab and helping to preserve it from any further deterioration until the restoration of the cab is carried out.
Offsite the cylinder blocks, as well as all of the fitted bolts and studs, will soon be machined at Statfold Barn with an expected completion date set for the end of October. So hopefully by the "Giants of Steam" event we should have the new block back on site and ready to fit!
We are progressing well but we can only keep up the good work with regular donations from all you kind folk so if you feel you'd like to help us, be it a small or large donation, then please visit our online donate page below and help us see 27 run once again!
|The leading wheel set temporarily placed on the tramway outside Atlantic House, with Beachy Head's |
boiler in the background
|Matt gas cutting some of the final rivets holding the old frames together!|
|A close up of the operation to remove the final rivets|
|The re-build team busy working away at disassembling the old frames|
|Sean partakes of a quick cup of tea before the final push to remove the |
last pieces of useful items from the frames
|Matt making sure the lift will go correctly prior to lifting out the motion plate|
|The motion plate is removed without too much effort|
|The disassembly process begins with the removal of the frames from |
the frame stands and placing on the ground
|And rest! |
the frames are placed on the ground ready for the final stretcher and the temporary stays to be removed
|With the last stretcher removed the chains are rejigged for the final phase, the splitting of the frames by removing the temporary stays|
Our thanks go to Matt Holloway who not only is leading the project, had time to supply these fantastic pictures for the BlogSpot.
Sales and Information Stands
We are attending a few more events this year (so you have not missed your opportunity to buy one of our new tee shirts!) These start with this weekends "Steaming Through The Ages" We will be located at Sheffield Park on Platform 1 by our tanks (hopefully).
Please come along and say hello, there may be an opportunity for a couple of tours to see the frames and working site though this is subject to confirmation.
Other events this year include:
- Burgess Hill Model Railway Exhibition 1st of September
- Shareholders Weekend - Sheffield Park - 8th & 9th September (to be confirmed)
- Worthing Model Railway Exhibition 22nd & 23rd September
- Giants of Steam - Sheffield Park - 13th and 14th October
- West Sussex N gauge Group Exhibition 3rd & 4th November
We look forward to seeing and talking to you at any of these events.
Please remember that the work can only continue with the donations, support and interest that is forthcoming from all of our supporters.
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