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Build Diary entries for January 2014

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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17 January 2014 Update
  The pattern for the final combined frame stretcher was dropped off by Brian Oldford at Norton Cast Products. This was followed by a discussion on the production of the casting. Norton Cast Products have indicated a lead time of 6 to 8 weeks until they are doing a melt of the correct grade steel in sufficient quantity. The remaining stretchers are now in safe store at Burton upon Trent. We are also looking to place orders for the remaining castings and fabrications (17 in total!) imminently, this will complete all of the components required for the frames assembly. Ths is great news but it must be emphasised that the components will need machining prior to the frame assembly commensing.

The frames appeal is ongoing so please consider 'Joining the Clan' or making a donation. A huge thanks to everyone for the large number of donations received via this website and postal donations. All of the donations go towards the loco build with administration costs covered by the Council of Management members.

We will be on Loughborough Platform 2 with our sales stand at the GCR Winter Gala, with no less than 10 operating locos (subject to availability) it should be a great gala! Members of the Council of Management and Engineering Committee will be present which will make a perfect opportunity to get the latest news and details on the project.
31st January Update
  GCR Gala

What a weekend at the GCR Winter gala last weekend (24th - 26th Jan)! Over £1,800 raised for the project. We are blessed in that over 90% of our stock is donated items from our members and supporters. Even the practically brand new Bachmann collectors club models were donated in a large batch from a member. As those that man the sales stall all pay their own way and accomodation it means that every penny raised really does go to the loco build. The £1,800 is already earmarked to help manufacture the last remaining frame components.

The engineering team are talking to a number of suppliers for the remaining fabrications and machining with orders likely to be placed imminently. The final combined stretcher is in the production queue at Norton Cast Products, as soon as we have more information and photographs they will appear here! Once complete a few celebratory drinks will be had to mark the completion of the most complicated components of the build!

Our target is to start the frame assembly in Q1 2015, that's only 12 months away! As always if you can help by making a donation it all goes to the loco build and all donations help to speed up the build progress.