Update of progress over the last few months with the main focus on the construction of the new side tanks.
All photos are by Tony Summerton, and were taken during March 2014.
Some of the 18 angles which locate the baffles and stretchers to the inside faces of the tanks, shown in various stages of production.
The three baffles for the left hand tank temporarily in place, showing four of the 18 newly fabricated angles (see above). The profile of these angles enables the boiler to be lifted out from the loco without removing the side tanks.
The front of both tanks shown from the inside. The holes drilled for rivets show up very well the different splasher profiles between left and right tanks.
The cab ends of both tanks under construction. The inner sheet of the right hand tank is in 10mm plate rather than 6mm, to cope with the stresses imposed by the lever reverse which will be attached to it. The change of slope at the front top is to provide a bit more space for the driver's knuckles when in full forward gear - Swindon were very considerate to their loco crews!
One of the six cylinder drain cock castings recently machined by Ian Bromley. Ian is currently machining new end caps and tail pipe nuts.
Steve Morgan removing accumulated grime from the brake gear. The brake rodding, stretchers and compensating gear are benefitting from a fresh repaint, having been initially refurbished and painted many years ago.
The driver's side of the new bunker temporarily exposed for visitors to see at the recent SVR Spring Gala.