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.42: July 2016
Are you ready for what is to come???
Hold onto your hats and fasten your seat belts, 'cos it will be pretty dramatic from now on!
Your production team will be hard at it from now 'til May next year, and I wish we had a slow time release video in Alan Keef's works to show you all that is about to happen, so without further ado, here is the latest report:
1. Suspension Brackets and Assemblies
I have to start with a very sad piece of news. I have known for some time a very well-respected steam locomotive engineer called Phil Girdlestone. Phil grew up on the FR before moving to South Africa to work on the Garratts of the Alfred County Railway at Port Shepstone. He dramatically improved the efficiency of 141 and 155 and kept their fleet in good condition until the economies of using road rather than rail proved too much and the Alfred County Railway ceased two decades ago. Phil continued to work with steam projects worldwide and built new locomotives for railways in three different continents. Phil was undertaking component refurbishment work for me for items on my Garratt 130 and he also agreed to make some parts for LYN, including the suspension brackets and pins. Sadly, and suddenly, Phil suffered a relapse to lung cancer that he had fought and thought he had won four years previously. He tragically died in April before he could complete LYN's order and leaving it very much up in the air what he had completed and where the parts were.
After an anxious time and with considerable help from Sandstone Railway, the parts (and my spares) were tracked down and collected. Bless him, Phil had
done most of the job and just the suspension pins were not completed. The brackets will be leaving SA soon with two wagons the L&B are buying from Sandstone and we should see them in mid-August.
The image shows the brackets having just been delivered to Sandstone.
2. Cylinder Drain Cocks
Phil knew our designer very well and between them, they agreed the design that LYN would need for her cylinder drain cocks, and he quoted a very favourable price to make them. They are now complete and will also be making the long sea journey from SA with the other parts.
This view shows the footplate, including the base plate onto which the bunker fits. I captured this image whilst it was being moved around AKL's yard whilst it was leant again the boiler. It's big!
4. Saddle to Cylinder Manifold (and horn work)
Here is a collection of images showing the majority of assembly work done in June. It's probably the LEAST photogenic part of the assembly but definably the most critical. The whole geometry of the locomotive depends on how true the axle boxes fit into the horns and how the axles line up with the centre line of the cylinders. It takes an age (particularly in restoration projects) and even with new-build, where you hope the new parts have been made correctly, great care and attention needs to be spent on getting it just right. In conjunction with this process and in preparation for the assembly of the cylinder and saddle.
Here you can see the horns being fitted to the frames via a series of through bolts, as well as the trial fitting of the manifold that fits between the saddle and the cylinders. These excellent images have been taken by long term member and sponsor, Geoff Hill.
5. Pony Truck Guides
Here is another nice selection of Geoff's images taken a week or two ago of one of AKL's top machinists, Tom. Tom was machining the pony truck horn guides during Geoff's visit.
6. The Paint Team
On the 6th July, Peter Miles, Jon Pain and Steve Phillips descended on AKL to review the tricky subject of the paint scheme for LYN. For those who do not know Steve Phillips, he is simply a genius! He is the author of "The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Measured and Drawn". This is a fantastic record
with detailed line drawings of all locomotives, coaches, wagons and structures of the L& B. Several years ago, Steve volunteered to do the detailed paint specification for LYN, and now we are close to applying final coats of paint, we all got together to agree the paint spec. and also to pick the most appropriate colour to use. Patrick Keef was also involved in the decision-making process, as he needs to be able to source a paint suitable for spraying. I am delighted to say that full agreement was reached swiftly, so the all-important paint specification and colours are now SORTED!
7. Horns fixing to the frames
About a week after the images were taken in section 4, another visit was made, and these four images show the progress that had been made. By now, all of the work was nearing completion and the final adjustments were being made.
8. Horns finished
Then two days later, on Friday 8th July, the horns and guides were finally finished.
9. Finally, and a sneak preview of what is about to happen, the cylinders were trial fitted to the frames and fitted perfectly!
Next week the driving wheel sets will be trial fitted. If all goes well, then the frames will be turned over and painted, followed by the final fitting of the cylinders and saddle.
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