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News Archive entries for April 2020

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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Open Day Presentation
adobe Unfortunately we had to cancel our planned Open Day on 18 April. The presentation we were to give is attached to this news item. If you have any questions, please use the "Contact Us" link and we will get back to you
A Part from Clan Buchanan
  A part salvaged from 72000 Clan Buchanan, when it was cut up at Darlington works in February 1964, donated to the Clan Project by a railway enthusiast and photographer, Mr K. Moore of Holmfirth.
Number 72000 was new into service on 29th December 1951 and withdrawn for Polmadie shed on 29th December 1962. In service for 11 years yet designed for a service life of 25 years!
The part is a motion pin and collar from the valve gear.
Valve Cylinder Pattern Plug Joint
  The valve cylinder is 4 foot 10.5 inches long plus or minus 5 thousands of an inch. This is too long for Tony's wood turning lathe, so the pattern (like the main, motion cylinder) has to be made in 2 halves. In the photo, Tony is turning the tapered plug which will fit into a tapered socket on the other half of the pattern
Bogie Side Control Beams
  This is one of the 2 bogie side control spring beams. They transmit forces from the springs to the centre slide when curving. You can see where they fit in the bogie system by following this link and looking at images 7 and 8. The beams are in yellow. The beams are near completion and need finishing on the upper surface.