45163 Restoration Group
Archived news from 2016
Starting to mark out the new smokebox door with handrail already drilled and fitted.
Some of the fitted bolts are in really inaccessible locations. There are two holes that fall
This photo clearly shows how restricted the access is for these holes above the bogie support
The first fitted bolt inserted in the frames, just another 63 to go.
Machining the first fitted bolt for the cylinders.
This is the left hand cylinder with both the rear cover and slide bars temporarily mounted and the wire
Having got the cylinders perfectly aligned vertically and in their front to back position we still had a small
The new rear cylinder cover having the stud holes opened out as they had been drilled slightly
Starting to machine the first of the slidebars in preparation for re-fitting.
On trial assembly of the cylinders on the frames and checking alignment with wires we found a problem
Our longest serving active volunteer, John Brooker, who has been with us since the early days
Preparing the rear cylinder covers prior to mounting as another stage to checking alignment
The method of supporting the wire at the front of the cylinder which enables us to tension the
With the cylinders now mounted we have strung wires through the bores to check alignment.
The left hand cylinder now also mounted. It has been many years since both cylinders
It's been some time since the cylinders were last fitted to the frames.
The front end is now really starting to take shape and look like an engine again.
The right hand cylinder loosely fitted and now requiring fine alignment before the holes are
The right hand cylinder being prepared for mounting, there was a lot of swarf to clean out of the
The cylinders and associated parts finally arrived back from machining in May. This shows
The new smokebox door shotblasted and painted ready for marking out.
The smokebox door handrail after shotblasting and painting, this was in remarkably
The smokebox door centre casting after retrieval from the old door, shotblasting and
Various bits retrieved from the old smokebox door for re-use.
The original door after retrieval of hinges and other re-usable parts.
As can be seen here the door liner and bottom baffle are life expired and will all be replaced.
The old smokebox door has also been taken out of store to retrive all the re-usable parts.
The smokebox handrail stanchions have been brought out of storage, shotblasted and
Smokebox liner now fitted and bolted ready for rivetting.
Smokebox door ring now rivetted and holes drilled for attaching smokebox to saddle.
A trial fit of the smokebox to position it correctly and mark off the bolt holes for securing
Another view of the smokebox temporarily placed on the saddle. The cross brace inside the
Some of the first steam pipework no win place, this shows the connections to the atomiser
A quantity of new pipe unions being machined and accumulated off site ready for use.
A number of pipe unions being manufactured off site and original fittings on the right have been
A recent visit to Ian Riley's works shows progress with the machining of cylinders and
The exhaust flanges on the cylinders themselves have also been skimmed to clean them up.
The cylinder and valve bores have been bored out as well as the correct bell mouth machined
The cylinder drain cock mounting faces have been cleaned up as well as the threads refurbished.
The face for the main steam pipe as well as the sealing face for the Lenze ring and the
The front end of the left hand cylinder showing the bell mouth in the new liner as well as the
One of the rear covers showing the refaced seat where it seals to the cylinder block.
The rear valve covers have had similar treatment to the rear cylinder covers with the
The bearing surfaces on the end of the rod were built up with weld and machined where they had
The refurbished drain cock operating shaft that mounts underneath the smokebox saddle. New
For comparison, another drip valve complete with the fitting inside which we still have to make
The two parts assembled together.
One of the vacuum system drip valves that was still attached to the engine had the shroud that
The hole now cut out for the blastpipe assembly.
Marking out the new smokebox for the cutout for the blastpipe assembly.