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Here's an update of the recent progress on 4150. Next we'll be working on fitting the boiler and firebox cladding and preparing to fit the bunker, tanks and cab roof onto the frames when the boiler is lifted.
New cylinder and valve chest cladding on display during the SVR's November Gala. Photo: John Whitcomb
New spindles have been welded onto the cab seat bases. As can be seen, the old ones were heavily worn. Photo: Tony Summerton
The driver's seat base complete. Photo: Tony Summerton
The front of the bunker, in 'half and half' paint - 50% undercoat, 50% topcoat. The section painted black will be located below the cab floor. On the right is the left hand half of the lower coal plate which separates the coal and water spaces inside the bunker, with holes drilled ready for plug welds when the bunker is bolted down on the loco frames. Photo: Tony Summerton
New handrails were welded onto the bunker sides before the bunker was painted. Photo: Tony Summerton
The heavily corroded bottom four inches of the side of the cab roof is being cut out and will be replaced. Photo: Tony Summerton
The splashers over the front coupled wheels and the rocking shaft covers have had welded repairs and a repaint to undercoat. The holes in the top of the splasher are for oil pipes. Photo: John Whitcomb
Boiler bands being assembled, ready for test-fitting of the boiler and firebox cladding. Also visible are some components of the right hand tank, which is not yet fully re-assembled in its current location near the car park. Photo: Tony Summerton