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News Archive entries for December 2013

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.

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Members Forum Update
  A very good turnout at yesterdays Members Forum at Burton upon Trent especially a good number of new members. We are now only 4 members away from 200! Those present were given an engineering update by Geoff Turner as well as a membership update from Allan Jones followed by a Q&A session. The second half of the forum consisted of a guided tour of parts held in stock at Nemesis including the very impressive new stretchers. The photos don't do them justice in terms of size and sale of these critical components.
As a bonus we received nearly £800 in donations and also some sales of our shed plate and engine plate fridge magnets that are available at only £1 each. We estimate that around £100,000 is required to complete the frame assembly of which we already have have £46,000.

2013 is closing on a positive note with the frames now profiled and machined ready for the welding in of the horn guides in January and the ordering of the final combined stretcher which is expected to be cast in January and delivered in February.

2014 promises to be a very promising and productive year which will start with the ordering of further frame components including the exhaust steam spider, smokebox saddle, firebox supports and slide bar brackets. One question that is often asked is why we are ordering the slide bar brackets this early on? The answer is that so many of the machined holes in the frames are used to secure more than one component such as stretchers and brackets. While we could temporarily bolt components in and have a temporary frameset almost immediately it is felt that it will be best to assemble everything in one go to save on the expense of keep setting up the components and machines only to then move the whole assembly and repeat several times. The 'all at once' approach will also ensure that all datums and alignments are only setup once so ensuring accuracy of assembly.

We would like to thank everyone for their support during 2013, it has certainly been a year that has tested the metal of those involved with the project and of our members and supporters who have unequivocally supported the decisions made and the progress achieved.

Happy New Year!
From us all at the Clan Project.