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.17: June 2014

Just 18 months to go!

Welcome to LYNformation 17.Another very busy month has gone by and plenty of good news to report on most fronts. So here goes:

1. Babcock International

Firstly, we can now reveal the name of our mystery sponsor. It's Babcock International.

Babcock's have most generously made both the coal bunker AND both side tanks. They have used both items as apprentice pieces and what a fantastic job they have done! The craftsmanship and care taken is superb and it is a massive testimony to the new generation of shipbuilders that Babcock are training. We are pleased to illustrate two images of the tanks, one of the Coal Bunker and the press release that Babcock's issued covering the events.

The 762 Club presented Andy Hamilton - Shipbuilding Director at Babcock International, and responsible for arranging these apprentice projects - with a signed and framed copy of Sean Bolan's fine print as a gesture of thanks for the tanks and bunker. In conjunction with the L&B, we will also put on a Babcock's staff day on the railway during the late summer or early Autumn.

       
   
There's even a mention of the project in the North Devon Journal!

2. How to make a wheelset

Just before the L&B Spring Gala, the driving wheel axles were delivered to Alan Keef's and were ready to be fixed to the wheels.

This intricate operation was completed by Phil Kent and observed by Patrick Keef.

This series of images show the process. The hydraulic ram is mounted on a truck and the pressure squeezes the wheel onto the axles slowly and carefully.

     
       
       
     
The whole process will be repeated in the Autumn when the pony truck wheelsets are made up. Fascinating stuff!

3. Axles Boxes

Mention was made last month about the axleboxes for the driving wheels. Well, here are before and after views of one of the raw castings and all four once fully machined!

   
These are important and fairly costly items, included in the wheelset contract that Keef's are engaged with. More big bits done!

4. The Boiler

This may be the last time the boiler gets a mention for some time. It is fully finished and complete, as is the dome, super heater header and elements.
       
     
The proud builder, Andy Bennett is standing with his 'baby' in the first of these images, followed by others of the completed boiler structure. Well done, Andy - A good job done! The boiler is now at Ross-on-Wye and has been put in storage pending assembly of the locomotive next year.

5. L&amb;B Spring Gala

This occasion was greeted with mixed weather, but was enthusiastically supported and the 762 Club had a good presence. Several componentys were on display, including the wheelsets, Chimney, a cowcatcher and the bunker.
   

6. Hydraguard machined Items

Another important commercial sponsor, Hydraguard, has completed their items which were delivered this month. These are 4 components that fit in the weigh shaft and link them with the expansion links.
   

7. Lamps

As you already know, the front and rear lamps were commissioned recently and we are pleased to show you how they are coming along. They are being made by David Priest from Hampshire and are being built as close as possible to the original. We have Steve Phillips' drawings as well as an original to copy which is at the Winchcombe Railway Museum. As I am sure you will agree, they are coming along nicely.
     

8. Pony Truck Wheels

Also this month, the Pony Truck Wheels have been machined and returned. These now complete all the work that needs to be done on the wheels, and we just have to fit the pony truck axles to the wheels before we have all our wheelsets completed. Another big milestone.
 
Well that's it for another month!

Please have a look at the Component of the Month. It may be just the thing you want to sponsor.

Peter Best


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