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MOTION & TANKS

 
                 
 


Motion

Once all wheel sets were back in the horn guides, the big-ends, eccentrics and side rod bearings could be white-metalled, machined and refitted. When the side rod bearings had been refitted the rest of the motion, cross-heads, pistons, glands and piston valves were refitted and correctly set for accurate piston valve openings. This is essential for efficient and effective running.

Side Tanks & Bunker

With money running out it was decided to carry out patch repairs to the two water side tanks rather than replace them as was originally intended.  The same approach couldn’t be taken with the coal bunker, as it had suffered badly from corrosion and a goodly amount of steel plate had to be removed and replaced.

To acquire the steel and set the bends for the complex curves of the coal bunker took some time. Many parts had to be both welded and riveted into place to retain the original look. It was felt, that whilst a LNER J94 bunker would be much cheaper to install, the more expensive but traditional outline should be retained.

The above details the repairs to the larger items but there was a need to source, fettle or repair many other items such as pipe work, rivets, nuts, bolts and various miscellaneous small items.


Photo: : L.Thorp
The reconstructed bunker is lifted into place.

 
         

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