Early July progress

Work continued this week with the manufacture of the locomotive’s steam heating pipe – here we see Ian Matthews installing the front two sections on the locomotive.

Following on from the arrival of the new stainless-steel handrail knobs, the first section of new handrail was fitted to the cab.  Work will continue over the coming weeks to make, polish and fit the rest of the handrails.

This is the first section of handrail being polished in the lathe.

We also saw the arrival of the new castings for the cylinder drain cocks.  This week our volunteer team has started to machine the faces of the castings to prepare them for hydraulic testing.  Only once they have passed a hydraulic test will they be fully machined.

The patterns for the new locomotive and tender spring boxes have arrived (locomotive pattern pictured).  We are now in the process of seeking quotes for the castings.

All photos by Richard Pearson.