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.
At CTL Seal the right hand and left hand motion brackets have been completed. The image above shows the fully machined right hand bracket. These have now been coated with rust inhibitor and will be delivered shortly.
Engineering update 1st April 2016 (2)
Also at CTL Seal the Frame stretcher for bogie pivot fabrication is also nearly complete and is having the final machining completed as shown
The exhaust steam spider sand mould has been delivered to Boro Foundry. Three small sample pieces are to be made and sent to CTL Seal for testing on the 11th April with the main casting being delivered 7 to 10 days later. More photos on this ground breaking technique to follow.
Plenty of admin related activities are also on going with planning for the AGM on the 23rd July at the Brittania Club in Carlisle from 2pm. All welcome, members and non-members.
Exhaust steam spider mould (1)
The 3D sand printed mould for the exhaust steam spider has been delivered and assembled at The Boro' Foundry. The casting is due to take place imminently. As can be seen in the photographs the finish of the moulds is extremely fine minimising machining.
Exhaust steam spider mould (2)
Showing the quality of the sand printing
Exhaust steam spider mould (3)
The 'male' part of the mould is fitted. The spider is upside down with the cylinder exhaust ports on the left and right. The pipe running towards the photographer is for the exhaust steam injector.
Exhaust steam spider mould (4)
Building up the mould
Stretcher for bogie pivot and right hand motion brackets complete! (1)
The stretcher for Bogie Pivot and right hand Motion Bracket have now been machined, painted and the machined surfaces covered with rust inhibitor at CTL Seal in Sheffield. The left hand Motion Bracket is due for completion this week.
We have also received photos of the exhaust steam spider casting... watch this space!
Stretcher for bogie pivot and right hand motion brackets complete! (2)