Even when no large and impressive parts feature in our news, work continues at Darlington Locomotive Works to machine and fit many of those that have been cast or manufactured.  In these photos by Bob Hughes Ian Matthews is seen machining part of the front drawbar spring block which was originally a casting and has been re-designed as a steel fabrication.

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Profiles for the smoke box door hinges, hinge brackets and the door centre boss

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The kit of parts to make a temporary stay to fit where the cylinders will eventually go. This needed to keep the front frames straight to enable completion of the front footplating and also to act as a temporary support for the smokebox pending the cylinder block being fitted.