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.40: May 2016

Dear All,

Hello everyone, and welcome to LYNformation 40.

1. Hot News!!!

this will be made public at the Gala later this month A date has been set for the first public steaming of LYN. Well, with the heavy caveat that things can go wrong, this will be made public at the L&B Spring Gala later this month, and we will be releasing a members' newsletter and email over the same weekend.

After detailed discussions with Patrick Keef and also securing a most generous loan, we are confident that based on current fund raising continuing, we can instruct AKL to clear the decks and get on with assembling LYN.

As a result, we will have a rolling chassis with cylinders and saddle assembled ready to show off at the AKL open day on Saturday 17th September (plus a few extra surprises!) and a timetable to finish the engine by Spring 2017.

2. Brake Gear

I am delighted to say that the main components have recently been finished by our good friends at Whiteland Engineering in Bideford. Works Manager, Chris White told me on the 4th May that all were complete and in inspection.
     
The photographs show the brake cylinder arm being machined, as well as the rear brake beam. I am certain Whitelands will have done a brilliant job, and members will be able to see their work "in the flesh", as they will be on the 762 Club's stand at the forthcoming L&B Spring Gala. The only remaining components for the brake gear to be made are six components being made for us by another good 762 friend, Paul West of ND Engineering of Barnstaple. Paul will have some of these parts ready by the gala as well.

The program is that the brake gear will be assembled in late August or early September.

3. L&B Gala

If you are in the South West, please drop in and meet 762 Club Directors Jon Pain and Martin Swainson, who will be manning the 762 Club stand.

The Gala dates are May 14th and 15th, and three locomotives will be in steam. The usual park and ride from Caffyns Halt will again be in operation.

We hope to have quite a collection of brake and rear pony truck components on display. Other Directors will also be present at times over the two days but sadly, I will not be there this year.

4. Eccentrics

As mentioned in LYNformation 39, the eccentric sheaves have been fitted to the driving axle and the final strap has now been finished and assembled. They went together very well and are a credit to the design team and the manufacturers Whitelands in making them so well.
   

5. Horn Components

All of the necessary components to assemble the horns, including slippers and horn guides, have been finished and delivered to AKL. The order to assemble the wheel sets to the frames has also been raised. This activity will begin in early May, and should be completed in June. I did not get a chance to lay all of the parts out but you will get the gist of the scale by the size of the big box! Believe me, it is full of LYN stuff!
   

6. Lead

I am really pleased to say that our request for lead is building apace. One of our members has offered a massive 120 kilos and other contributions are being promised. Remember you can bring it to the Woody Bay Gala or in certain circumstances, we can collect. I have about 30 kilos in my garage as well!

7. Pony Truck Stretchers

Our good friends, Babcock International, have very generously donated a series of steel profiles, cut and ready to use, in order that we can make the pony truck frame stretchers. These were collected in mid-April from the Appledore shipyard by Nick Samson Transport, and delivered to AKL.
     
We have now placed the order with AKL to make and fit the assemblies into the main frames. This job will be completed in July when the pony trucks will be assembled to the frame. By August we will have a 2-4-2!

8. Cosmetics for LYN

Now that the bulk of the engine is either made or on order, attention is turning to how LYN will look and the most important item to think about will be the cladding. This falls into two distinct challenges: The boiler and the cylinder cladding. The simpler, but bigger area, is the boiler cladding. Shown here is drawing A3-LYN-014. This is a PDF, but our designers have drawn the cladding in SolidWorks as well. This will make it easier to approach sheet metal profilers to have the basic shapes made exactly. Now with cladding, there is always a need to tweak the sheets, but the ability to have pre-cut, pre-drilled sheets will be a great help. As soon as we have prices per sheet, we will add this to the sponsorship page.
 

Expect a bumper edition next time round, which will be published a little later than normal, around 12th June.

Thanks for your continued support.

That's about all for now,

Peter


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