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Latest Progress

The following pictures illustrate the latest progress from both Tyseley and Llangollen.

At Tyseley the coupling rods have been fitted to the wheels, whilst preparation of the connecting rods has taken place adding paint to the rear of the rods. The boiler is edging ever nearer to completion with the fire hole inner and outer sheets riveted. At Llangollen the further painting of the tender is ongoing.

More progress as locomotive goes together

as the following photographs illustrate, both the pistons and valves are now in the cylinders and the end caps fitted. Also the brake rigging is on.

‘The boiler is making progress too with the large tubes now on site and the ‘bottle ends’ are being fitted. Finally the superheater elements are being manufactured.

Latest Progress 2nd February 2019

The first weekend in February also saw the first Volunteer working day of the year on Betton at Tyseley Locomotive Works. TLW staff have carried out work on the frames and re-wheeling, then it was our turn to put the springs back on. Also delighted to see that the Boiler has now been fully riveted, and just awaiting some final stays before it is to be tubed, very shortly, TLW staff have also been placed the pistons into the cylinders. Thankyou, as ever, to all our volunteers for their hardwork to Chris, Quentin, Barry, Paul 1, Paul2, Mick, Colin, Bill, RichS and Lynn for the well needed refreshments!

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Boiler Trial Fitted

The boiler has been trial fitted into the locomotive to determine clearances and any other work needed before the tubes are fitted and an hydraulic test carried out. The work on the firebox is complete and the front taper section has been bolted on. The smoke box will be connected too before further work takes place.

Boiler Front Taper section

The front taper section with the front tube plate has been fitted to the rest of the boiler and firebox at Tyseley.

The next job will be to fit the tubes

Latest news from Tyseley

work continues on the boiler with the new front tube plate now fitted to the new front boiler section. Work finishing the firebox stays has also been completed. Finally work on the vacuum pump is being untaken to refurbish it.

Vacuum Pump

Vacuum Pump Piston

AGM weekend

our AGM was held in Llangollen on Sunday 14th October with a good turnout of Members attending at the Hand Hotel.

during the day we welcomed Michael and Patricia Hayden who have donated their model of No. 6800 Arlington Grange to the Society. The locomotive is now on display outside the Henry Robertson Suite shown here.

michael and Patricia became our latest members too.

Progress at Tyseley

Much of the firebox is complete now with a large number of the stays added. The reamainder will be fitted within the next week or so. These views show the quality of workmanship being achieved. It’s easy to see where the money goes in refurbishing the boiler to such a high standard.

The smoke box awaits fitting.

the locomotive sits outside temporarily whilst awaiting the wheel drop to sort out a few issues with frame rivets.

Work starts on the Tender

with agreement in place to hire the 4,000 gallon tender belonging to the owner of  2-8-0 No. 3814, our team started sanding down the metalwork in preparation for painting into BR Western green.