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.
As with all engineering projects there are times of great activity, new shiny pieces of metal, new assemblies, new sponsors and so on. There are also times of apparent silence and inactivity. We are currently in the later as we feverishly prepare for the frame assembly to commence. From arranging the necessary paperwork, getting quotes, getting the go ahead from out Certification Body, arranging movement of components and the drawing up of detailed assembly schedules.
A recent meeting with our Certification Body has proved that we are on track (excuse the pun) along with praise for our QA and documentation. Great work engineering team! Further machining is being carried out on ”Bread Basket” SL/DE/21990 Combined Frame Stretcher & Brake Cyl Support.
The cab and smokebox assemblies will be returned to Quorn which will allow the smokebox to be repainted ready for the winter. If you fancy lending us a hand please get in touch via the Contact Us page.
All in all a lot of progress behind the scenes. We still have a few sets (or individual) bolts available to sponsor, bolts can be purchased individually as well.
September 2016 update
As the year starts to draw to a close, the nights start drawing in and railways up and down the country are preparing for their Santa Specials our project shows no sign of slowing down for the winter months.
Engineering wise we now have all the components required for the frame assembly and the last of these are being machined at various locations. The exhaust steam spider, famed for its use of 3D sand printing to create the mould, is nearing completion with the exhaust steam spider tacked into the smokebox saddle fabrication.
Discussions are being held with our Certification Body and Riley & Son (Bury) Ltd regarding the assembly of the frames and it is planned to place the order for erection imminently.
All new members who subscribe between now and the 31st December will receive membership for 2017! A bargain with three months extra membership and an extra Clan News! Membership can be bought online or by post, details can be found here.
We always say it but progress is dependent on funding, so far we have in excess of £42,000 towards the expected frame assembly costs of £50,000. The end is in sight and thoughts are already turning to where and when we will be revealing the fully assembled frames. The initial reveal will be a private member and press event so now is a great time to become a member of the project especially with the offer above!
We will also be attending the GCR Autumn Steam Gala on Loughborough platform with the sales and information stand and at Quorn with the smokebox and cab assemblies. We hope to see you there!
Heritage Railway Association
We are delighted to report that our membership application to the HRA has been approved and we are now fully signed up members! A big thank you to everyone at the HRA and to Clan Project Council members who have worked so hard together to make this possible.