Hi folks - long time since we were in touch regarding
Dinmore Manor's new tender but with the locomotive
now operational, attention has turned once again to the tender.
A very stubborn pin on the intermediate brake beam had
resisted previous attempts with a propane torch to free it
and major surgery was required to remove the offending pin
The thread was first cut off the pin and the shank was
then drilled to leave a thin wall. The drilling produced
a blind hole which allowed a punch to be inserted in
the hole and a large 'knockometer' drove the pin out.
The remains of the two halves of the pin are seen
alongside the link it once retained.
The four pull rods are seen with the new pins inserted.
The pins have been drilled with grease lubrication holes
to reduce wear and tear in service.
TO BE CONTINUED