As you are probably aware Dinmore Manor Loco Ltd are having a batch of new GWR drawhooks manufactured. As part of the manufacturing process to ensure that the batch is certified and therfore suitable for use on both preserved lines and the mainline a smaple drawhook had to be tested. Below are some pictures of the first drawhook on the test rig. If anybody needs a new drawhook or two please get in touch as we have a few which are still available from the first batch. A second batch may be some years away as making individual hooks is cost prohibitive so enquire now if you feel your drawhook may wear out in the next few years.
The new drawhook in the test rig ready for being pulled to and beyond its elastic limit.
A overall shot of the test rig; The machine is about 40 feet long and was bought by the current owners second hand in 1890. According to the current calibration certificate it is still within 1% tolerance!