Following many months of cleaning and painting we have finally reached the point where parts are starting to go back on the re-wheeled frames. Below is a selction of the work carried out during early November.
Having had new end bushes made for the weighbar shaft time came to make a final clean of the ends of the shaft and carry out a final check on the dimensions.
Meanwhile in the cab the screw reverser has been refitted following its overhaul.
We are now into cleaning, and overhauling all the smaller fittings. Above is a selection,
Meanwhile up north the boiler continues to progress. It now looks like a boiler again with all the new platework fitted and riveted in place. Drilling and tapping for the stays is progressing well.
Soon after refitting the screw reverser the bridal rod is back in place with its new roller and treated to a final top coat of gloss black.
The first stage of overhauling all the fittings is to clean them up so they can be easily
inspected for wear and damage.
Good news on the drain cocks, after cleaning, inspection revealed only one new piston required with the other five only needing a light fettle and lapping to make them ready for refitting.
Final tweaks to the new weighbar shaft bearings to ensure the grease gets distributed along the bearing surface once fitted.
The merry band hard at work.