It’s been a little while since our last engineering update but despite the weather we have slowly been moving forwards on many fronts! Work has focused on setting up the frames and getting them square ready for riveting! Also whilst the weather has been against us we have been busy making a start on re-furbishing various parts of the motion cleaning, inspecting & re-machining where necessary. Off site the cylinder block is progressing well and should be ready for collection with’in the next month or to!
After a successful 2018, keeping to our predicted time line, with the initial erection of the main frames we hope to achieve the following for the coming year!
Setup & square off frames.
Ream & rivet up new frames.
Setup & fit new cylinder block to frames.
Machine & fit horn guides.
Build up rear Drag-box.
Continue with painting up wheels and new frame.
Re-metal axle boxes and machine with view to rolling chassis!
Water cut,cast & machine new valves,horn wedges,slide bars & leading horn liners.
Drill and fit running plates,side valances, etc.
Work towards a rolling chassis & re-wheeling.
18 month plans
New side tanks & bunker.
look into SECR bottle buffers.
start on pipe work (Vac/Steam heat).
Motion work/spring etc.
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With a few weekends of unusually mild weather and help from other loco department volunteers the team successfully finished preparing the frame plates and set about erecting the frames and taking initial steps to leveling them!
It’s been a few months since we’ve had any significant news on the restoration front to share with you, not to say we haven’t been busy but it has involved countless hours upon hours of grinding the various faces of the frames square! With this now completed, and various alignment reference marks spotted, the two frame plates have been split and we can hopefully accelerate now to finishing the prep work on the frames and erecting the basic frame assembly before the years end!
Meanwhile whilst all this has been going on Sean has been busy grit blasting and painting up the horn guides and various other components in readiness for remedial work and refitting to the new frames.
Offsite the work of machining the Cylinder block should hopefully be well on its way at Statfold Barn and it is hope’d that by the end of the year we should, after collection, be able to setup the new block within the new frames!
All in all we should hopefully be on track to fulfilling our aims, from the beginning of the year, to having the frame assembly loosely erected before the years end!
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!
Talking of you’ve been framed (or at least Matt does) today Matt has also finished the task of painstakingly marking out all of the hole positions for the main frames! just over 400 holes in total and roughly 24 man hours spread over the last couple of months, weather dependent! Following verification and a quick double check, measure twice cut once as the old boy said, we should be in a position to commence drilling the main frames at our next working day later in the month!
Also the Vacuum Cylinder has been finally fitted together and tested fit for use and has now been put into storage waiting for the time that the new frames are erected and ready to have the cylinder fitted.
As always all donations to help us keep up the good progress are most welcome’d so please visit our donate page via the link below or see us at the upcoming Bluebell Railway model weekend on the 23rd to 24th of June!
The Cylinder Blocks have been sent away to our friends at Statfold Engineering Ltd for machining!!
Undeterred by the British weather, on Friday, Matt and Ben popped up and delivered the cylinder block castings to Statfold Engineering Ltd for machining!
Another little milestone for the group and the ongoing restoration of 27 but now to a little begging/help post without regular donations we won’t be able to keep up with our current progress!!
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With the group together for our monthly working day, progress was made on making a start on riveting the rear drag-box up! After a successful day of riveting this plate is now ready for a coat of paint and machining to square this sub-assembly up to aid in the erection of the main frames. Also many thanks for the workshop staff allowing us to use there space and equipment for the day! As always this project is self funded and run by a small team of volunteers and any donations will help us hopefully keep up the good progress so far! So if you feel you can help spare a penny for a P please visit our donate page below!