45163 Restoration Group
The first of the two mechanical lubricators now refurbished and mounted on the frames.
The last of the bufferbeam rivets flushed off and primed, the next job here is to start running
The last of the rivets now fitted to the bufferbeam and just waiting to be flushed off. We also
We have now completed riveting the front frame stretcher into place, Toby was in charge of
John and Tony were under the frames inserting the rivet and getting the holder up into place
Lawrence knocking down one of the new rivets holding the front frame stretcher and the running
Another rivet completed and still hot.
We have now taken delivery of our connecting rod forgings. The small rectangular block sitting
A new section has been welded into the front frame stretcher to replace a badly corroded
The saddle now rivetted in and the repaired front frame stretcher all bolted up awaiting rivetting.
The commencement of connecting rod forgings with heating the billets at Somers Forge.
Moving to the press for forging to commence.
Manipulating into the press.
The first blows.
Starting to take some shape.
Starting to define the big end.
Further shaping around the big end.
Big end defined on all four sides.
Video of the main length of the rod being worked down.
Working down the rod.
The finished forging.
The saddle now finally back in the frames and bolted up ready for rivetting.
The repaired saddle now back in the frames, the front frame stretcher next after a few repairs to it.
The front frame stretcher after a coat of primer.
The front frame stretcher after shotblasting.
The front frame stretcher is now being prepared as it needs to be fitted back in the frames
The bogie frame stretcher freshly painted whilst it is easily accesible before the new saddle
A pair of return cranks and eccentric rods as well as a drop link just acquired moving us
The outside all cleaned up and primed now and the running plate support angle above
The inside after cleaning up and ready for painting, you can just see a lighter line where
Welding completed and strongbacks removed, the white paint is from the NDT testing of the welds.
Welding completed and cylinder mounting holes drilled in the new plate from our drill jig