Astounding progress continues to be made with the tender, axlebox and other tender castings have been produced by William Cook Cast Products, the frames are being assembled by ID Howitt at Crofton, the tender tank construction is well under way by North View Engineering Solutions Ltd, Darlington (NVES) and the tender wheelsets assembled by South Devon Railway Engineering have been returned to Darlington Locomotive Works (DLW). All photos by Daniela Filová
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The tender ‘manhole’ cover, considerably larger than the filler fitted to No. 2001
The tender tank at North View Engineering (NVE) with the beading in place
The tender tank top showing the flush-fitting top
NVE are also assembling the Kylchap blastpipe tops
On 16th January, a team from Darlington Locomotive Works comprising Graeme Bunker-James, David Elliott and Daniela Filová visited DB Meiningen to view progress on the boilers. All photos by Daniela Filová
Graeme Bunker-James, Udo Drees, David Elliott, Achim Decker and Christoph Wörfel looking at boiler-components.
David Elliott, Achim Decker and Udo Drees at the design review.
The pre-fitting of the tender tank baseplate to the tender frames was completed at Ian Howitt’s works at Crofton near Wakefield where a total of 96 blind nuts were welded to the baseplate. The baseplate was then returned to North View Engineering Solutions in Darlington where the erection of the tender tank is proceeding rapidly. With the main components in place, Ian Matthews bent up the complex beading for the front edges and tank sides and started fitting it in place. Photos by Leigh Taylor and David Elliott.
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The tender base plate has been advanced to the point where it has been delivered to Crofton for Ian Howitt to pre-fit to the frames. It should be there for a fortnight after which it will return to North View to have the tank built up on it. Find out how to join The Tender Club here.
The tender frames start to come together at Ian Howitt’s Crofton Works – Nigel Facer
Although conditions are cramped Ian Howitt managed to build Tornado’s tender in the same space – Nigel Facer
Details of the spring hangers and tender tank brackets – Nigel Facer
Brake components ready for fitting to the tender chassis – Nigel Facer
The tender tank base plate at North View Engineering – Daniela Filova
One of the splashers built-in to the base plate – Daniela Filova
With the sump fabricated (in the space occupied by the water-scoop on No. 2001’s tender) the base plate was delivered to Crofton for trial-fitting to the frames at Ian Howitt’s works – Daniela Filova
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.
The new 1” BSW x 2” long nuts for the Superheater header ‘T’ bolts have arrived and passed inspection. The ‘T’ bolts themselves aren’t expected for another few weeks – when they arrive, we will be able to carry out the hydraulic test on the header.
The new patterns for the locomotive and tender spring boxes have also arrived. We’ve also been preparing a number of items for shot blasting – the new cab seat cubicles, the driving wheel balance weights plates, and the guard irons.
Our volunteers have turned their attention to polishing the tyres on the driving wheels. The photo below shows the mirror finish achieved on the left leading driving wheel.