End of Year Engineering Update
25th December 2019
It has been a busy winter working on 27 with the rear drag box & buffer beam complete and riveted in place for the close of the year. The cylinder block has also been split ready for final machining & the second wheel set has also entered the works over winter and is progressing well with the aim to having all three of the wheelsets painted up into top coat by the summer.
Ian Ferguson joined us for 3 weeks over Christmas and progressed a number of jobs in the machine shop with new piston rods and wedges being made giving us a complete assembly with only the piston rings to order from an external supplier at a later date.
Ian has also re-bushed and repaired all the bronze glands which attach to the cylinder block and has machined our blast pipe casting obtained a few years ago to fit to the top of the cylinder block. All of these items are now in stock ready for when the cylinder block is fitted to the frames hopefully sometime in the late Spring or early Summer of 2020.