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 'Breath of Steam' appeal. The Standard Steam Locomotive Company Limited has commissioned pattern maker Tony Dance to make the patterns and the core boxes for the cylinders of 72010 'Hengist'. We are very fortunate and grateful to Tony who is donating his time and skill, worth £20,000, to the appeal.
Tony will be starting a series of articles on how the patterns are constructed. Additionally, we will have an insight into the moulding and casting process from the foundry floor at Ballantines of Bo'ness and the final process of machining at Forrest Precision Engineering of Springburn in Glasgow.This run of articles will feature on our website and also on the Hengist Group's page on Steam Tube (link in Feb 8th text, below thumbnails). We are looking to raise the £35,000 to pay for the cylinder castings, and machining. The title of our appeal is the phrase engine drivers use to describe the technique of 'cracking open' the regulator, to give the locomotive just a 'breath of steam' when coasting. The pattern for 72010's cylinders, like the recently completed exhaust 'spider' (see Dec 24th), is identical to a 'Britannia', should either 70000 or 70013 require replacing. We are very grateful to Mary and Ivan Rumbelow, of Newton Abbot, who have sponsored the 'Breath of Steam' appeal headboard.