762 LYN and train approaching Woody Bay, © 2004, Eric Leslie

The 762 Club "Lynformation" Bulletins

Aware that much development has been going on in the background, but little has been seen in public, and also that the pace of development is gradually increasing, the 762 Club introduced this on-line update feature in early 2013. This page, updated around once a month, will provide brief news snippets, images and general "Lynformation" on our progress. Please come back regularly for the latest updates.

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Lynformation Bulletin No. 1: March 2013

Boiler

Good progress has been made on the boiler in recent months and it is well on the way to completion. Indeed, it has made its first journey albeit on the back of a lorry! In early February, it travelled from manufacturer's Bennett’s Boilers to JJ Castings in South Wales for stress reliving. This process is normal for new all welded boilers to take out any tensions that may have developed during welding. In essence, the whole boiler is gently " cooked" at high temperatures to equalise any stresses that may exist and then to gently reduce the temperature to balance the metal and welds together. This will leave the boiler balanced and less likely to develop and nasty leaks in the future.

Andy Bennett is now just waiting for the flues to be delivered before he turns his attention to completing the boiler and getting a hydraulic test arranged with our insurer's Royal Sun Alliance. If all goes to plan, we should have an approved boiler within the end of April. This will be a major landmark in the building of 762.

Drawings and Design

As readers to the 762 website will know, our locomotive is being designed and drawn by Ian Gaylor and Mike Nelson. There work has been outstanding to date and by the end of June, they will have completed over 80% of the drawings. These are issued to Alan Keef and Sons for manufacturer. If funds permit, it is expected that the vast majority of the engine will be drawn and released for manufacture by the end of the year, but we will need to find about another £ 40,000 to complete this. This means we need to recruit another 50 members just to cover the design and drawing. But without drawings, we cannot complete the locomotive.

Big Ticket items

The 762 Club recognise the need to raise our profile and so we are arranging to have some big ticket items made early to demonstrate our commitment to the project whilst also having some nice big bits of engine to show for our efforts. To this extent, we are having the tanks, bunker, cow catchers, chimney and dome made early to show off and raise the profile of "Lyn" to the Lynton and Barnstable Railway members as well as the wider Railway fraternity. With luck, by the time of the Autumn Gala, there will be some nice big bits of 762 to show.

Saddle, Cylinders and Motion

The locomotive is being build from the saddle outwards, this complex and central assembly is just about finished and will be machined during March prior to be returned to Alan Keef's yard. Then work will commence on the cylinders. If all goes according to plan, then fully assembled block will be ready to show by the end of May, more or less the same time as the boiler is expected to be ready.

Fundraising

To date, all of the funds have come from just two sources; Selling memberships and having parts sponsored.

Both routes have been successful and we are very grateful for all members who have bought one or more memberships. However, once we have paid for all of the work so far committed to, we will have run out of funds. If we want to complete the engine by 2015, then we will need to raise at least as much again. In the current economic climate, that will not be easy but the Board of 762 Club are currently engaged in developing other income streams to augment the highly successful fund raising that has gone on before.

We hope to announce a string of initiatives during 2013, so watch this space!


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