The tanks are well advanced now, and it hopefully won't be too long before we'll have some photos of them completed. We're investigating ways of getting them riveted, including possible purchase of a hydraulic (ie silent) riveter.
The first of the inside side sheets of the right hand tank being bolted in position on its upper and lower locating angles. Not being visible from the outside, these sheets will ultimately be welded in place. Photo: Tony Summerton.
The left hand side tank, with all baffles and stretchers in position. These have been welded to their asssociated locating angles to form sub-assemblies which can be easily removed and replaced at the final riveting and welding stage. Photo: Tony Summerton.
A new 3" diameter drain pipe at the front end of the fireman's side tank. These deliver overflow water from tank filling down through the tank to a further curved pipe mounted under the tank which diverts it safely away from the motion (the orginal curved pipe is seen here, upturned, in black). Photo: John Whitcomb.
Steve Morgan has been busy cleaning and painting the brake linkages. These were overhauled some years ago, and were in need of tidying up. Illustrated is a brake stretcher and its emergency restraining chain. Photo: Tony Summerton.
Three out of our set of six new superheater elements, bought in advance for our forthcoming boiler overhaul. Photo: John Whitcomb.
Not the Red Arrows flying over Bewdley recently, but the Swindon-pattern 'bullet' ends of our new elements, as described in the 2014 Newsletter. Photo: John Whitcomb.
4150's new chimney casting, machined by Dave Insull at Bridgnorth and with copper cap in position. Photo: Dave Insull.
Next item for machining by Dave is our new blower ring casting, seen here on display at Bridgnorth during the SVR Autumn Gala. Photo: Dave Insull.