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Members Forum Reminder
  Members - don't forget that there is a Members Forum on Saturday 30 June at CTL Seal Ltd, Sheffield S35 9WA starting at 1330 prompt. This is an excellent opportunity to see the frames and the frame components ready for assembly. You will also get a guided tour of CTL Seal's facilities. Details in Clan News

The forum is members only. However, if you are not a member and would like to come, then turn up with your registration fee and we'll make you a member on the spot!
Parts Inventory
  With all the parts on site at CTL Seal Ltd in Sheffield, Chris Jones, Mike Sedgley and Ian Henderson met for today's working party. Most of the parts are not labelled and Mike has been steadily working away applying labels. With access to the BR drawings on a laptop today, we were able to identify some of the more mysterious parts. Meanwhile Chris worked on building more shelves. We were also able to discuss the requirements for an on line inventory database which we will now start to build. The photo shows the body of a Class K Davies & Metcalfe injector. When complete this performs the miracle of delivering feed water from the tender supply at atmospheric pressure into the boiler at 250 psi with no moving parts!
Parts Storage Container update.
  With three of our normal Monday team on holiday this week just two members met at CTL Seal to carry on labelling more parts for HENGIST. Long time member and supporter Mike Sedgley is seen inside the stores at CTL with two of the many brass items already produced and in store. More parts were racked inside the container by Chris Jones, this allowed us to dispense with three wooden pallets freeing up more space inside the container.
Frame Keeps ready for Assembly
  These are the 6 frame keeps which have completed machining and are now ready for the frame assembly. The frame keeps bolt to the cast steel stretchers and tie the open ends of the horn blocks cut out area in the frame together, thus resisting the spreading of the horn block area. The frame keeps also retain the driving wheel axle boxes should the locomotive be lifted.
Parts Storage Container Update
  Our regular Monday work party met today at CTL Seal and work concentrated on erecting and bolting together six new metal shelving units. The units were also bolted securely to the container walls.

Work can now commence on filling up the shelving space with some of our many parts in store waiting to be fitted to HENGIST.

Four members were present today, Keith Greenhow, Alan Marshall, Mike Sedgley and Chris Jones, Alan is seen in the photo bolting two of the units together.

If any members would like to join these friendly weekly working parties please get in touch via the website.
Main Cylinder Pattern - stage 1 complete
  Tony, our main cylinder pattern maker has almost finished the first half of the main cylinder pattern. He says "The finished half of the cylinder is now filled and sanded to a fine surface, ready for a few coats of red 'pattern-coat'". Painting will take place outside as the paint is reported to be quite pungent. With this pattern off the lathe, it will be time to start on the second half of the main cylinder. Tony is aiming to start weighing the components of the pattern so we get an idea of the total weight.
Presentation at CTL Seal
  In recognition of CTL Seal Ltd's tremendous support for the building of Hengist, Jim Baldwin - president of the Clan project - presents Andy England - Managing Director of CTL Seal Ltd - with a framed picture of Julie West's painting, "Warlord of the South"
Local MP visits the Clan Project and CTL Seal
  On 25 May, Angela Smith, the local MP for Penistone & Stocksbridge visited CTL Seal's premises in Sheffield to view progress of the Clan Project. She was met by Andy England, CTL Seal's Managing Director, James Baldwin, the president of the Clan Project and Geoff Turner, the Engineering Director of the Clan Project.

After a brief introductory chat, Angela had a tour of the CTL Seal works, finishing in the Assembly shop where 72010 Hengist will be built, with a 'show and tell' of the main frames assembly for Hengist. Angela was shown a model of the locomotive and the 3D printed model of the frames. She was impressed by the enormity of the whole project - that it would take many thousands of individual bespoke parts to create this 'link with the past' as an aid to help promote history telling to younger generations.

Back in the board room, there followed an in-depth discussion - which resulted in Angela agreeing to organise with the new regional mayor to set up a task force to promote the "Made in Sheffield" statement with regards to Hengist. She also wanted help arrange the setting up of a group standard in apprenticeships for the Sheffield area, with programmed visits of young people, to become actively involved in the building of Hengist.