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 long Xmas break is finally over so it was back to work today for the Monday gang. We have one finished smoke deflector and a half finished one. We have procured some feather edge beading for the edge of the deflector. Here Keith and Alan are opening up the holes so that the beading can be spot welded to the plate from the rear. The beading has been bent to the right profile by CTL Seal. You can see that we have a slight crease where the extension has been welded onto the main plate. That is due to go to the pressing shop to get sorted before the beading is welded on.
Back after Xmas (2)
Before we were established at CTL Seal, the cab and the smokebox were on display at Quorn on the Great Central railway. We took the precaution of welding up the smokebox door to prevent any problems. The smokebox has now been moved inside the assembly shop so we took the opportunity to remove the weld and checkout the components. Here, we have trial fitted the protection plate that fits inside the smokebox front ring plate.There are a number of sacrificial protection plates within the lower areas of the smokebox - you can see another protection plate on the inside of the door.
Preparing for Riveting
In preparation for riveting the front end of the frames, Geoff and Mike dismantled the platework. CTL Seal need to fit the final packing plate between the front horizontal stretcher and the smokebox saddle and then we will be ready to start riveting. All of the buffer beam components will be hot riveted to the frames as shown on the original British railways drawings. We are currently working on the drawings to form all of the holes required in the smokebox.