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.28: May

Hi All
A slightly shorter LYNformation this month as for once, not so much has happened. More the lull before the storm, I suspect.
Anyway, here is the news for this month.

1. Eccentric Straps and Sheaves

News from Whitelands of Bideford is most encouraging. They should have all four sets of eccentrics and sheaves finished by the end of May, and I hope to pick them up soon after. From the photographs, you can see the progress on these complex and expensive items. Chris White has kept the 762 Club fully informed as progress has been achieved and soon we will have all of the motion complete and at Ross-on-Wye.
       

2. Eccentric Rods

It seems that these items have taken forever to complete but it has been a bit protracted. 762 hero Nigel Heath is close to finishing the machining but he discovered they were not quite true. In other words the welding process had 'bent' them. He has had to make a straightening gig to get them back parallel before he does the final finishing.

Next month, I am sure I will have an image of the finished rods to show you.

3. Frames

News from Babcocks is broadly positive. There was a bit of a hiccup in the final drawings which needed some last minute corrections and so it was not until late April that Babcocks really had the final stuff to work with.

Also, the frames are being made with surplus material, and it was discovered that we required some 80 mm thick plate not normally used by Babcocks. This caused some issues as to how they could be purchased and by whom. These problems have more or less been resolved and the necessary tapes have been programmed so that metal can start being cut. This we hope to take place week beginning 10th May.

4. Fire Hole Door

The fire hole door has been completed by Andy Bennett, and I guarantee no one will ever have seen a fire hole door like this one! It has been designed by Ian Gaylor and Mike Nelson to allow the fireman total control of the airflow of top air over his fire. There should be no excuse for any smoke or inefficient firing with the multi-jet construction and multi-position airflow doors.

This is a work of art and we hope it will be robust enough to handle the day-to-day rigours of enthusiastic firemen. There may need to be a tweak of the door closure arrangement as it was not easy to close the door when on the move, but it is now practically ready to be bolted onto the boiler.

     
     

5. Pony Truck Axle Boxes

As announced last month, the drawings for the pony truck axle boxes have been released for manufacturer now, and the castings and material have already been purchased by Alan Keef. I attach the two drawings for these items. They have an 8 to 10 week lead-time, so I was particularly keen to get them ordered as soon as possible as time is marching on. Incidentally, each assembly costs over £6,000
   

6. Vacuum Pipework

Thanks to the generosity of all those who contributed to our recent "All Piped Up" appeal, we now have the funds to buy all of the steel and copper tubing to plumb up LYN.

Even better news is that another 762 hero, Tony Conway, has agreed to do all of the steel pipework on LYN for nothing other than a few beers and his petrol money from his Evesham home. The pipework will be quite a late event on the assembly schedule, but it is nice to know that this complex area will be well taken care of.

7. Lynton and Barnstaple Spring Gala

Despite less than ideal weather, and a slightly lower footfall than in past years, the Spring Gala at Woody Bay on the weekend of 10/11 May went well for the 762 Club. With three new members joining and two “existing” lifetime members “rejoining” (who said you can’t have two lives!) plus over £1,000 in component sponsorship and the usual retail sales, so in all we took almost £5,000 of much needed revenue to assist with LYN's manufacturing costs. Thank you to all concerned, and thanks to Jon and Martin who manned our stand over the weekend. (see Jon in action, live, on the front page of the 762 Club website!)

8. Brake Block and other castings

The patterns have been cast and we have a full set of brake blocks, two dummies and two vacuum hose fittings. Thank you again Brian Lloyd for making the patterns and organising the castings. Incidentally, we have cast a spare set of brake blocks as well.
 

9. Cylinders and Valves update

They are nearly there! Here are another selection of this month's work carried out by Robert Frost. They now have to freeze-in the valve liners, hone the bores, and test. I am promised that they will be ready by June, to be fitted as soon as the frames arrive.
       
       

Again, many thanks,

Peter


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