Although we've postponed our move northwards for the time being, it means we've got the winter undercover and at our home base, to finish off various tasks like cladding - perhaps more easily and quickly than we could have done them at Bridgnorth.
The left hand tank base, fully riveted. The small hole at the front is for a drain pipe from the top of the tank to allow overflow from tank-filling to drain through the tank to ground level. A further extension pipe to be bolted on below the tank diverts this water away from the motion. Photo: John Whitcomb.
The front splasher of the right hand tank bolted in place on the base. The circular stiffening plate to which the balance pipe between the tanks will be bolted has been welded in position. The angles on the base have been riveted, with every third hole in the outside angle being left open for a holding down bolt. Photo: John Whitcomb.
Finishing black! This is the underside of the riveted splasher which extends into the fireman's side of the cab at the rear of the left hand tank. Photo: John Whitcomb.
At the point where the tanks' front and rear side sheets overlap, 5mm deep notches have been made in the inside angle to prevent water leaks by ensuring that both sheets sit flush against the angle at the join. Photo: John Whitcomb.
The tanks are being reassembled further down the yard in a position close to the car park, from which they can be more easily craned onto the loco frames. Both will be covered by tarpaulins to keep out the winter weather. Photo: Mike Brownhill.
The left hand tank virtually fully assembled, and with lifting eyes in place. The other fittings on top of the tank will be welded or bolted on later. Photo: John Whitcomb.
The steam heat elbow which links the steam fountain and the steam heat cock has been machined recently by Carl Jones. Photo: John Whitcomb.