45163 Restoration Group
Having fitted all the axleboxes to the horn guides in the frames and got the axle centres set
After the axle is blued the axlebox is lowered onto it and rotated through about 60 degrees
Having identified the high spots the white metail is hand scraped to remove the high spots.
We recovered our tender tank from where it had been in store, most of it is only good
It looks in a bit of a sorry state here after unloading.
The rear steps are still in good condition and will be recovered for re-use as will the lamp
Other parts that can be re-used include the handrails and beading around the top.
This is one of the vent pipes that had fallen into the bottom of the tank and which we can
The coal space door was still intact and will be re-furbished for use on the new tender tank.
This is a casting that forms part of the water scoop mechanism, the GWR and 1942 date
This is one of the sections of beading we removed, which Toby is cleaning up and removing
The position is checked from centre pops on the buttons on the frames either side of the axlebox
Having checked the axlebox positions relative to the cylinders and set up a dummy axle
New castings for firehole doors have been delivered and await machining.
This is the back face of the firehole doors where you can see the vents that allow a continuous
Patterns being made for the gland that fits to the side of the smokebox around the main
Another view of the pattern, this is just one half of the gland.
This is the second half of the gland still being worked on by the pattern makers.
The two halves of a gland borrowed from another engine for the pattern makers to work to. You
This view shows the curvature in the flanges so that the two halves fit snuggly to the smokebox.
Leading driving wheels now with second top coat on the wheels and first top coat on the axle.
Using a stick micrometer to measure from the front face of the cylinders to the dummy axle
With the driving boxes up in the
horns we have set up a dummy axle so that we can check
There have been a number of odd jobs that needed finishing off, having fitted up all the
Here you can see both driving axleboxes mounted ready for alignment work.
WIth the driving axleboxes finished we have started to mount them in the horns ready
This is the second box that required a weld repair, see nearest corner.
One of the boxes after re-welding, the repair is seen on the left.
During machining of the axleboxes some splits in the original BR welds holding the manganese liners to the axleboxes
The leading wheelset is now in black topcoat. Some more rubbing down and top coats required
The first wheel now in black undercoat following a lot of work filling and rubbing down.
The second axlebox now set up in the lathe for turning. We created a dummy centre and used
The first axlebox completed.
Machining the thrust face on the first axlebox in the facing lathe.
Machining the bore of the first axlebox.
Forgings just delivered for the front half of the coupling rods. We already have a full set of