TENDER WORKING PARTY
Our gas cylinder trolley has completed is overhaul
and is now resplendent in a coat of engine green
The three brake beams have been re-bushed where necessary
and friction washers added. These now require the top hat bushes
on the beam ends. Just another 12 bushes of the 70 plusrequired to complete the brake rigging.
New pins and bushes for the brake hanger brackets
One of the heavy components of the brake rigging
is the weigh bar shaft which fits beneath the front
end of the tender. This shaft is in particularly poor condition
requiring sleeves on both ends and new bushes and pins.
The removal of the old bushes where the beam connects
to the pull rods and adjusting screws proved to be a lengthy
task as in a previous life the bushes had been welded in place.
Six hours on and a few choice expletives and the four bushes
finally succumbed. The faces now require the weld removing
and yet more bushes and friction washers made
The new pin in place that connects the shaft to the
vacuum piston rod
and a new pin for the hand brake connection. The
corroded condition of the one end journal can also be seen.
That will have to wait for another day!