The November working dayExcellent progress was made on Saturday at the "official" working day on Project 27. A band of 7 of us were on site on Saturday (Matt, Ben, Sean, Ruben, Russ, Jim and Clive). The day started with grinding yet more mill scale off the last frame surface, and then painting it with Bonder Primer.
|Sean ponders the task ahead! (all photos by Clive Emsley)|
|Sean and Ben removing the mill scale|
|The last frame plate painted!|
|Matt carefully marks the position of the last few holes|
|The holes carefully marked out and ready for cutting and tapping|
|Matt driving the trusty mag drill cutting one of the last holes|
|Ben tapping one of the holes on the right hand side frame plate|
|Sean trying to remember which buffer beam parts go where!|
|One of the angles that are located behind the buffer beam|
|Russ spent most of the day cleaning cylinder covers in the main workshop in |
readiness for the machined cylinder block's arrival
|All ready for the lift, just the final checks to make!|
|Carefully lifting the left side plate|
|Jim lifts the second frame plate using the block and tackle on the borrowed sheer legs.|
|Ben and other members of the team located a number of temporary stretchers|
|Carefully lowering the frames onto the frame stands|
|Adding the last bolt into one of the original stretchers ready for tightening|
|The frames sitting on the axle stands with the frame gauge sitting on top|
|Matt starts the process of setting up by making sure the frames are level longitudinally and transversely|
|Matt and Jim adjusting the stands to ensure levelness.|
The work didn't finish there!
|As the day turned into late twilight and darkness, Jim gave a master class in applying bonder primer!|
|Jim worked quickly to apply a coat of Bonder Primer|
We have only been able to get to this stage with your donations and purchases from the Fenchurch Fund stand at various gala days on and off the railway. we need your support to continue this work, as we are entirely self funded being a sub-committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society.
If you would like to see this locomotive working in a few years, please help us to fulfil our aim.
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