Preparation for repairing the cracks in the frames
|The historical weld repair adjacent to the middle driving axle on the RH side (Photo: Clive Emsley)|
|The newly discovered crack adjacent to the middle driving wheel on the LH side (Photo: Clive Emsley)|
|Matt beavering away getting the frames cleaned up (Photo: Clive Emsley)|
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We are on target to get a coat or two of gloss black on the frames before the worst of the winter sets in. This will allow us to keep the frames protected over the winter whilst we carry on with the smaller parts inside the villa.
It is also hoped to clean up the wheel sets in the not too distant future and get a few coats of paint on them up to a coat of Maunsell (Ashford) green gloss - a clue to the ultimate livery of the loco!
The tank on the platform displayed as a tribute to the SECR's time in Boulogne during the Great War is in need of some minor work to the paint owing to persons unknown damaging it by scrapping something over it. This is relatively minor, but very irritating!
We will be putting on a small display of items during the Giants of Steam Weekend. We will be having a stand close to the loco frames where we will be on hand to answer your questions and show you what is happening. We are located on the route to Atlantic House which is also open during the weekend. we look forward to seeing you there.