Mid Summer Update

With the weather firmly on our side the team has made great progress towards achieving our goal of working towards erecting the new frames by the end of the year!

With a few weekends and a couple of days holiday to spare Matt and Ben have all but completed the drilling of all the holes in the new frame plates! Following on from this the frames now need all of the horn slots machining square and then we should be in a good position to erect the new frames!

Also at our last monthly working day in July the team got together and finally took the plunge disassembling the remains of the old frames into a flat pack P tank! We also welcome’d Russ to the team who made himself most helpful drilling and shelling out broken stays in the front counterweight!

The opportunity was also taken to have a good clear up of our little site and set-up a new area with better forklift access for assembling the new frames! Temporarily we have placed the cab in this area to help Clive and his team of Network Rail Employees on their Charity works days cleaning up and helping to preserve the cab from any further deterioration from the elements!

Offsite the cylinder blocks, as well as all of the fitted bolts and studs, will soon be machined at Statfold Barn with an expected completion date set for the end of October. So hopefully by the “Giants of Steam” event we should have the new block back on site and ready to fit!

We are progressing well but we can only keep up the good work with regular donations from all you kind folk so if you feel you’d like to help us, be it a small or large donation, then please donate today and help us see 27 run once again!

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Bird’s eye view of our July Working day with Russ busy shelling out and removing old stays in the front counterweight (bottom left), Bean and Sean removing the final few rivets in the old frames (top right) before dismantling and the new frames can be seen all drilled outside the Villa’s (middle left!)
Leading wheel set temporarily placed on the tramway outside Atlantic house with Beachy Head’s boiler behind.
Matt gas cutting out some of the final rivets holding the old frames together!
Close up action shot.
The Team busy working away at dis assembling the old frames.
The Motion plate set and ready for removal!
And out she comes!
Motion plate removed from the old frames
Russ hard at work shelling out old broken studs from the front counterweight.
Shelling out you ask…? this is the process of removing a snapped stud in a threaded hole and involves grinding the remains of the old stud flush, drilling out the center and then collapsing the remains of the stud into the center hole using a shelling tool to hopefully save the old threaded hole for reuse!
Disassembly begins with removing the old frames from the stands!
Stands removed and ready to be lowered
Frames removed from the stands!
And on the deck!
Chains re- Jigged ready for finally separating the two remaining frame plates!
Finally the frames are disassembled!
New frames drilled and ready for attention to the horn openings!
New Frames all drilled
Rear shot of the drilled new frames
Marking out and scribing the horn openings!
Marking out in preparation for machining the horn openings.
Holes positions marked out for tapping.
Some more tapped holes in the rear section of the frames!
Matt caught inspecting the Cab! The Roof sheets will need replacing but with some repairs and rust blowing joints being sorted out the rest of the cab should be savable!
Flat pack P tank!
With the old frames dissembled the site was cleaned up and rearranged!
Wheel set going back in!
Tidy’d up site with cab brought in for attention by a group of willing volunteers from Network Rail on a charity works day lead by our chairman Clive!
Flat packed P tank and wheel sets moved back into the site previously occupied by the old frames!