In the last couple of weeks an awful lot has been going on at Darlington Locomotive Works. Three coupled axles have arrived and the leading coupled axle set up to press on its bearings. There has been some more progress on cladding and Daniela Filova has been producing manufacturing drawings on a regular basis. Orders have been placed for the cylinder cover patterns and castings, tender alternator pulley and roller bearing adjustment rings. The air pump which arrived in kit form reassembled and sent with its twin plus various ancillaries to Meiningen for overhaul. Ian Howitt collected tender hornblocks and liners and intends machining to start soon and the tender front dragbox is almost complete at North View Engineering Solutions prior to sending to Ian.
Plain driving axles, newly delivered from South Africa – Gemma Braithwaite
One of the axles set up on the bearing press – David Elliott
Jordan Durham from Middlesborough College re-assembles an air pump – David Elliott
Tender castings for Ian Howitt – Bob Hughes