45163 Restoration Group

 

Restoration Progress

December 2013

Most of the welding now complete and flushed off on the inside.

 

Most of the welding now also complete on the outside and flushed off. The white sprayed
areas are where we have undertaken NDT testing of the welds as the work has progressed.

 

A pair of cylinder drain cock drive rod brackets recently re-bushed and now being painted
prior to being re-fitted.

 

September 2013

Weldpreps now all complete on the insert and frames, strongbacks in place so all now ready
for welding.

 

August 2013

The new frame insert trial fitted after cleaning up the cutout and trimming the insert to final size.

 

The frame insert trial fitted, just the weld preps to do now before it is ready for welding.

 

The angle frame and corner gussets now rivetted back in the saddle following the saddle repairs.

 

New gussets have been made and fitted this end of the saddle as well as a new section welded
into the curved piece of angle. We presume this end had suffered more corrosion as it is under
the tubeplate.

 

June 2013

Starting to cut out the frame section that needs replacement on the second side. (Photo. T Jennings)

 

The section now cut out and awaiting dressing and weld preps ready for the new insert.

 

The section we removed, note the wastage shown inside the red circle. There was also deep
wastage on the area with the grey primer which was behind the piano front.

 

May 2013

Trial assembly of repaired and refurbished angle frame and gussets inside saddle. (Photo. T Jennings)

 

Trial assembly of the saddle in the frames following being fully welded and the welds
dressed and polished. (Photo. T Jennings)

 

Trial assembly of the saddle in the frames following being fully welded and the welds
dressed and polished. (Photo. T Jennings)

 

Trial assembly of the new and refurbished damper control parts. (Photo. T Jennings)

 

Trial assembly of the new and refurbished damper control parts. (Photo. T Jennings)

 

A recent aquisition has been this speedo and after a minor repair and check for calibration it
has been found to be accurate to within 0.5 m.p.h.

 

April 2013

New castings just received for the blastpipe main body and cap.

 

New casting just received for the ejector exhaust ring.

 

March 2013

The remains of the access cover plate that fits to the front of the saddle with the new one
we have just manufactured shown behind it. At the bottom right of the old one you can just
see what remains of one of the handles.

 

The location on the saddle where the cover plate fits with all the holes now drilled and tapped
in the new platework.

 

We have also been looking at the blastpipe assembly. We have new castings for the blastpipe and cap
and are hoping to be able to reuse the base but it is going to require quite a bit of TLC.

 

We have been cleaning up the driving axleboxes to make them ready to go away for the manufacture
of new underkeeps and white metalling and machining the bearing and thrust faces.

 

February 2013

An original drain cock rod end and three new ones at various stages of machining.

 

Machining new cylinder drain cock rod ends. We are missing a couple and some are very
badly corroded and need replacing.