Further progress with the construction of the new side tanks over the last few months and beginning to look more recognisable now!
The two side sheets for the left hand side tank, laid flat for drilling.
The front corner of the left hand tank. The short but complicated outside angle is one of very few original parts being re-used; an identical new one is being fabricated for inside the tank.
Fabrication of the angles which will support the inner side sheets. The cut-outs to left and right are for splashers over the driving wheels.
The inside of the left hand tank under construction, looking towards the cab end.
The cab end of the left hand tank, also showing the fully-drilled rear sheet of the right hand tank. The cab cut-outs are interim, leaving material which will be cut out on the loco with the cab roof in position, to ensure correct alignment.
Not an art installation, but our recently-acquired boiler cladding – cut, shaped, now painted, and ready for fitting. On the right is the front side sheet for the right hand tank, awaiting its turn under the shelter for drilling.
Alan Baines has been busy at home transforming surplus coach bolts into 5/8” Whitworth dome-headed bolts for the running plates.
Our newly-refurbished vacuum release cock. Like all of the cab fittings, this will be stored securely off site until required.