End of May working party. Work on the tender and loco wheels.
This weekend saw all members of the C2 project together in Wales, so the opportunity was taken to hold an AGM.
Much physical progress was also made over the weekend. Al and Sam busied themselves with the removal of the tender body. Internal baffles were cut via the inspection holes previously made. Then, with the body supported by the crane over 2 road, the structure around the sides was cut. With surprisingly little fuss the body was lifted clear and the chassis rolled out from underneath. This will allow us to get better access to the chassis for the purposes of regauging it.
Paul and Dave dug out the jigs used previously when measuring the straightness of the loco frames (before we regauged them), and these have been fitted in place in the hornguides. Our intentions to carry out a thorough remeasuring of the frames post welding were thwarted however when it was discovered that not all of the measuring equipment was available this weekend. This is a job which will have to wait until next time.
Andrew spent a couple of days grinding and chiselling the hub extension rings off the back of the loco wheels. These were a very inelegant modification made by the Chinese to compensate for wear on the wheel hubs caused by another of their modifications. Removal of the extension rings will make it possible to spot face the hubs such that the hubs can be properly restored to their design dimensions.
As work progressed on the wheels it was realised that, apart from machining operations, the wheels are nearly finished. Rowland, Jack and Craig therefore steam cleaned, needle gunned and wire wheeled all the remaining dirt, corrosion and paint from the wheels, while Andrew and Clare applied new paint. The wheels look much nicer now!
Alan starts the careful removal of the tender tank from the frames. The tender tank is badly worn and is being repaced inits entirety. - Dave Hatt 25/05/2013
The tender frames exposed. New drag boxes will be welded in to conform to Ffestiniog Railway coupling standards. Fortunately the tender is outside framed meaning we don't have to modify it like the locomotive frames. We simply need new axles. - Andrew Nelms 26/05/2013
The old tender tank will be kept until the new tank is made - just in case we need to take any measurments! - Andrew Nelms 27/05/2013
Locomotive wheel hubs. The badly welded on thrust faces have been removed. They will be machined flat and new thrust faces made and attached. Hopefully by the next working party the tyres will have arrived from South Africa. Watch this space! - Dave Hatt 27/05/2013
Roland steam cleaning the locomotive wheel hubs with the "rambo" at Boston Lodge - Andrew Nelms 26/05/2013
Andrew and Clare painting the locomotive wheel hubs with primer just before retiring to the pub to celebrate another succesful weekend. - Dave Hatt 27/05/2013