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!