|76077's frames, now in primer|
|Dinmore Manor was being washed out|
|Eccentric bolts being turned.|
3850 has been sidelined a bit by DMLL whilst winter maintenance on Dinmore Manor is carried out, but that hasn't stopped some jobs progressing, a new ejector ring has been in stock for some time, and is now being machined ready to be fitted on the loco when the time comes.
|3850's ejector ring in the machine shop|
The patterns for 3850's new cylinder block have now been examined and the casting is now imminent. A video of the patterns has appeared on the DMLL facebook page and can be seen by clicking on this link.
Rod has been busy turning up new fusible plugs for our running fleet. Each of our GWR locos requires two fusible plugs in the crown of the firebox, whilst 35006 requires six. The ones for 35006 are rather larger too.
|A GWR fusible (centre), the remainder for 35006.|
The starting point for leading the fusible plugs is a small crucible.
|A small crucible...|
|...the fusible plug is inverted and placed in the crucible...|
|...heat is applied...|
|...soldering fluid (other brands do exist)...|
|...soldering fluid is dabbed into the bore of the fusible plug...|
|...lead is melted into the bore...|
|...the bore full, more heat is applied|
|...until the lead runs out at the top of the crucible|
|Drilling out the excess lead|
|Fully machined examples at the rear, two awaiting machining at the front|
Foremarke Hall has been receiving a little bit of fettling to the pipe work associated with her ejector
|New pipe being offered up for size|
|Ejector pipe being annealed|
|Stuart at work with a paint brush|
|Either the contractor at work, or a scene from a sci-fi movie!|
|Safety valve being turned in a lathe...|
|Before (r) and after (l)|
|3850's, safety valves, returned to store|
|John lapping in Foremarke Hall's safety valve seats|
|Stuart wielding a paint brush again|
The shot blasting had only been able to remove most of the accumulated grime on the wheels, the bits tucked in behind the balance weights had proved to be difficult to access, so that was having to be done by hand.
|Ade removing grime from behind a driving wheel balance weight|
|Frame undercoating in progress|
|Jonathan removing rust from the pony truck wheels|
|Just in time for Christmas!|
|Later on, Tim painting the pony truck wheel set.|
|One of the driving wheels in primer|
|Nice and cosy|
The group working on 35006 appear to have turned to religion in their bid to refit the springs to their loco.
|More of a plane than a steam locomotive|
|Springs being manoeuvred into position|
|Eleanor lapping in one of the clack valves|
|Jeremy (l) and David|
|Martin, scraping carbon deposits off of the other piston valve|
|Jeremy has separated his valve head out|
|John applies some therapy with a big hammer|
|The GWSR arm wrestling team practicing their sport|
|John wasn't going to be beaten|
|Who needs to pay gym fees when you could work in the steam loco dept for free?|
The oil store isn't the most obvious of locations to paint up three identical new headboards, but that is what was happening on Saturday. The fronts had already been done, and Chris was painting the backs.
|Three new headboards.|
Sunday saw me back at the railway again, my medical examination was due. The hearing test was made rather more difficult by the sound of the conversations in the Flag and Whistle next door, by motorbikes out on the main road and by the clock ticking somewhere behind me that I hadn't noticed until I put the headphones on. Before my next medical comes round, we'll have a nice shiny new and more importantly sound proofed room to have the medicals in. I'm not sure if the sound proofing is to keep the external noise from getting in, or to keep the screams of the
And finally, another photo from my correspondent on Wednesday, Foremarke Hall was being used as a makeshift door stop. Storm Georgina had been passing through and rattling the shutters of the David Page shed, so a suitable length of wood was wedged between Foremarke Hall's buffer beam and the roller door to fortify it against the wind. You may recollect that another storm had caused significant damage to this shutter a few years ago. I somehow doubt that Frederick Hawksworth had this particular use in mind when he designed his Modified Hall class of steam locomotives, but it seemed to do the job very well anyway.