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.
The rear dragbox assembly has now been completed and is awaiting delivery. Another step closer to the frames being assembled in the coming months. A fantastic job has been made on this fabrication.
August update - wheels and cylinders
While the frame parts are delivered from the various workshops around the country to be assembled we are already looking beyond the frame assembly to the next phases of the project. The photo above, and the one keen eyed viewers will have seen on the home page, shows part of the cylinder pattern prior to turning. The patterns are being made by our pattern maker and supporter Tony Dance to a very high standard and we thank him for his support.
The next phase, after frame assembly, will be the building of the front bogie and pony truck. Together with the frames these will then form a rolling chassis in preparation for the cylinder blocks and driving wheels. Keen members have already sponsored the bogie wheel centres and one of the pony wheel centres. A full list of outstanding parts for these assemblies will be published shortly. We already have the bogie side plates in store in Burton along with several bogie castings.
A whole lot of progress! All the t's are being crossed and i's dotted ready for the assembly of the frames. This is as much paperwork as steelwork ensuring everything is in order to complete a 21st century steam locomotive.
Items for sponsorship
Currently we have one pony truck wheel centre available for sponsorship at £750. Please contact us via the donation page to sponsor this essential item.