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Build Diary entries for December 2013

Here are the diary entries for this month. You can use the forward and backward links to see the next or previous months. Most photos taken before 2018 are small size. From 2018 onwards, most photos you see below will have a link to a full size image by clicking on the photo.

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December Progress
  The second combined frame stretcher / spring hanger and the rear frame stretcher / brake cylinder support have now been delivered. The photo above shows the impressive line up of stretchers, front buffer beam and front buffers.

Bob Ife and Brian Oldford visited our Midlands site and thanks to Mike Sedgley the components were lined up outside for a photo shoot and to make dimensional checks.

Progress on other components :
Frames Profiled at Stephenson Engineering and awaiting the welding in of the horn guides
Horn Guides Awaiting welding preparation
3rd combined stetcher To be cast in January
Existing fabricated stretchers At Ian Rileys awaiting NDT
Front firebox support & truck pivot Obtaining quotes
Vertical frame stretcher SL/DE/19832 Obtaining quotes
Smokebox saddle Obtaining quotes
Slide bar brackets Obtaining quotes
Motion brackets Obtaining quotes
Exhaust steam spider Quotes obtained, order to be placed shortly
Frame / horn gide keeps Quotes obtained

As you can see we have a huge amount going on towards the assembly of the frames which will culminate next year at Ian Rileys for assembly to begin.
December Progress (2)
  The second combined frame stretcher / spring hanger
December Progress (3)
  The rear frame stretcher / brake cylinder support
Frame Machining (1)
  Another major step forward is the pre-machining has now started on the main frame plates. The machining involves machining the faces where the horn guides will be welded in. This took place on Thu 12th December 2013 at Stephenson Engineering.

The scale of this machine makes the frames look like toys!
Frame Machining (2)
  One plate completed, the other is now being machined. At this stage boths frames are identical and haven't been designated as left or right yet.
Frame Machining (3)
  The finished article!