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2018 Annual General Meeting
  The 2018 Annual General Meeting for the Standard Steam Locomotive Co Ltd will be held on 29 September at CTL Seal's premises in Sheffield. (Correction was previously shown as 30 September which is wrong ). The venue will open at 1330 with the AGM to start at 1400. All members are invited to attend and there will be an opportunity to view the frames and components.

The venue address is Butterthwaite Lane, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, S35 9WA. When using postcodes in Sat Nav, use the following postcodes - From the North - S35 9WY, From the South - S35 9WA . If you know how to use a map, the grid reference is SK 36367 94015. You enter Butterthwaite Lane from Green Lane, the B6082. CTL Seal's premises are immediately on the left and the car park is on the left, inside the entrance. Follow the signs which will take you to the assembly shop.
Machining starts for Cast Steel Stretchers
  Highslide JS
  A key point in the frame assembly started today when the cast steel frame stretchers went into the machining area. Here members of the Clan Project engineering committee discuss the machining requirements with CTL Seal staff. The cast steel stretchers were a design change introduced with 71000 Duke of Gloucester and specified for the lot 242 Clans. The Britannias had suffer from frame cracking and the cast steel stretchers were introduced to provide more strength in a key area. The stretchers will be machined to ensure that they are completely square to fit precisely between the frames
30 July Working Day
  Highslide JS
  Chris Jones, Mike Sedgeley, Geoff Turner and Ian Henderson met at CTL Seals premises on 30 July to continue the process of sorting out our parts stock. Chris erected more shelves and Ian concentrated on photographing another batch of parts for the stock inventory system.

The repainted container looks very smart in its coat of Brunswick Green. Mike Sedgeley has also managed to get a coat of undercoat onto the smokebox door
Cast Steel Stretchers Ready for Machining
  Highslide JS
  The cast steel stretchers have been returned from successful Non Desctructive Tetsing and are now scheduled for final machining in the second week of August. The datum points have been marked on the stretchers.

These cast steel stretchers were to be used on the second batch of Clans and were not part of the original Clan design. The Britannias suffered from frame cracks around the hornblocks. The Duke of Gloucester loco used these cast steel stretchers to provide more support in the hornblock area to address this problem. The Duke's design was to be used in the Lot 242 Clans

The round sections on the top stretcher will be machined to accept the brake shaft bearing housings
Parts Storage Container update.
  Highslide JS
  More sterling work was done today by the Monday working party at CTL Seal. While Mike and Chris sorted more parts inside the container and started work on the next shelving units Ashley Shimwell continued to make rapid progress with the painting of the outside of the container. Today he put the Brunswick Green topcoat on the rear and one full side. He did the undercoating last week. The result is a transformed container. The weather definitely helped today drying the paint within minutes of it being applied. The photo shows Ashley nearing completing the topcoat down one side of the container.