45163 Restoration Group
Archived news from 2020
Malcolm and Tony with their setup on the radial drill for drilling some holes in a part
A fiddly little home project during the November lockdown, making new filters to go inside the
With work on the boiler now starting we have been able to get inside and clear all the loose
A view taken through the firehole door showing Toby inside the barrel clearing accumulated
Here you can see the scale that came off the tubes and filled up the water space
Lawrence, the first person inside the boiler since preservation following removal of the 'J pipe'
In preparation for starting work on the boiler we erected a scaffold work platform to provide
We are starting to build up the top coats on the cylinder cladding to achieve the final finish
With the left hand slide bars finished we have now been able to mount the slidebar oilbox.
A new blower valve has now been machined and is ready to mount on the backhead
New patterns completed for driving axlebox dust guards in the Severn Valley Railway
One of the delays to re-wheeling has been obtaining new underkeeps for the driving
The first work being undertaken on the boiler for many years, since we removed the tubes.
A new corner gusset bracket being welded up for use in construction of the new cab, the old
Hand reaming one of the top slide bar bolt holes in preparation for making new bolts.
New smokebox door bar support brackets have just been rivetted into the smokebox door ring.
A new bracket for the damper control shafts, freshly rivetted together, this mounts to the bottom
A very corroded damper control support bracket from the bottom of the dragbox, the new one
Following some weld repairs to the crossheads die penetrant has been used for crack
In preparation to send the crossheads away for pairing with new piston rods, white metalling
Whilst we need to continue to observe Covid-19 precautions our mess room has moved
The Colne Valley Railway recently had a shunt that cleared the line that connects to our
The result after a couple of days clearing undergrowth, the embankment to the run round loop
As part of our Covid safe activities we have been doing various maintenance tasks outside and
During the Coronavirus lockdown work has not stopped on 45163 as smaller parts continue to be
Here are four bodies and valves finish machined with just the caps and some
During the weekend immediately prior to the lockdown we chose an outside task so we
John at it with a pick axe to break up some of the bigger lumps
WIth the pipework finalised on the fireman's side cylinder we have been able to fit the lagging.
WIth the lagging on the cylinder cladding has been finally fitted and received a first coat
Annealing one of the copper pipes for the steam chest drain. It is a bit of a torturous
After annealing bending the pipe around formers made to get the right bend radius.
After a long search for either a pattern or original underkeep appropriate for our axlebox
Along with the underkeep we obtained a pair of original axlebox dustshields so these went
Now the slidebars are nearing completion Malcolm has started machining the new
We took delivery of the fully machined ejector shut off valve this month so another boiler fitting
As part of the slidebar fitting we are reaming the holes for the securing bolts and manufacturing
With the cylinders now lagged and the pipework that fits behind the cladding completed the
New blower valve and handle castings being prepared to go away for machining.
The new ejector shut off valve casting on it's way to the machine shop for machining.
The steam manifold casting now completed after machining.