Reverser Wheel Cast

While the process has been continuing regarding the frame assembly an opportunity arose to have the reverser wheel cast as the 82045 Trust were having a wheel cast for their BR Standard Class 3 Tank locomotive. More details of 82045 can be found on their website. The photograph above shows the casting at the bottom and pattern at the top.

The reverser wheel has been kindly sponsored by a member of the Council of Management so has not taken any funds away from the frame assembly.

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.


Rear dragbox now complete!

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.

Help raise funds for this new build steam locomotive by using the link below when purchasing online. The retailer will then donate a percentage of your purchase to the project at NO cost to yourself.