Excellent progress continues to be made with the process of wheeling and tyring at South Devon Railway (Engineering). These photos show the steps involved in preparing the wheel centres (now all fitted to their axles) for the tyres to be shrunk on. Assembling Tornado’s wheels used numerous contractors and multiple road miles so, for the Trust, having a ‘one stop shop’ that could do all the work has saved a lot of haulage and time. All photos by David Elliott.
Boring a tyre on the vertical borer.
A fully machined tyre ready for fitting.
Machining back faces on the other wheel lathe and boring crank pin holes on the quartering machine.
Profiling a flange on the wheel lathe.