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.
We've had a quiet couple of weeks in terms of movement of parts and the ordering of new components but that doesn't say nothing has been going on, to the contrary!
The exhaust steam spider has been cast and we hope to have photographs of the finished casting once the QA tests have been completed. The runners that are holding the legs at the correct spacing
will be removed after testing which will then allow fettling and final dimensional checks. Several test pieces from the casting have been sent to CTL Seal to allow them to draw up a welding schedule for the welding of the exhaust steam spider to the smokebox saddle.
The frame assembly plan is being drawn up along with the fastenings schedule. This will be discussed with our Certification Body and a plan agreed with Ian Riley & Sons (Bury) which will formerly allow the frame assembly to begin.
As always the speed of the assembly is dependent on funds. We currently need around £30,000 to complete the assembly. The parts have now all been ordered or are in the process of being machined.
Now comes purchasing the fittings (approximately £7,000), the assembly and the frame support structure to hold the frames until they are wheeled.
3D Models of frame components (1)
They say a picture paints a 1000 words, well a 3D model must paint 1,000,000!
These are the first of the frame components to be modelled. Eventually we will have a full set of components that will be used to illustrate the parts and where they fit in the frame assembly at events and the AGM.
They will also be useful for planning routing of mainline equipment conduits and equipment locations such as air braking components.
This component is the Frame stretcher and boiler carrier assembly
3D Models of frame components (2)
This is the 'bread basket', Combined frame stretcher and brake cylinder support.
Exhaust steam spider casting
The Exhaust Steam Spider has now been cast and can be seen above at Boro' Foundry with it's risers and runners still attached. The test pieces seen on the right hand side have been sent to CTL Seal in Sheffield to allow them to prepare a welding procedure to incorporate the casting into the smokebox assembly. Once CTL Seal have signed off a welding procedure the casting will be prepared and the runners and risers removed.
The casting will be delivered to CTL Seal to allow welding of the Exhaust Steam Spider into the smokebox saddle fabrication.