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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.50: March 2017

Hello Folks,

On the occasion of my half-century edition of LYNformation, I am pleased to bring quite a lot of very positive news on many fronts, so without further ado, here we go!

1. Alan Keef Makers plate

As the constructor, Alan Keef Limited needs to have a makers plate attached to the locomotive. Early in February, we had a few trial positions whilst the locomotive was relatively complete and the consensus was that a position in the cab about the coal space would be an ideal and appropriate location. The number will be AKL 92, and the plate will be made and fixed just before it departs Ross-on-Wye in the late spring.
 

2. Side Tank Elbows

Two small items have been completed on the side tank assembly. These are the fabrications that make up the side tank elbows. They connect the tanks to the balance pipe that runs under the boiler. They just need final welding.
 

3. Cylinder Cladding 1

Poor old Richard Kempton has been struggling with the cylinder cladding for nearly four weeks now. These first images show the results of the first ten days work. The problems were numerous! The main one was that there was no obvious way of fitting stand-off's to hold the cladding to the pistons. These had to be designed, made and fitted so that the cladding could be neatly fixed. These images show the first trial fitting of the cladding.
     
   

4. Sand Domes

Over in Bristol, Brian Lloyd and the sand dome production team are well on with the patterns and casting the domes. Here are three images showing progress. By the time you read this, it is possible that they have both been finished.
       

Thanks again, Brian.

5. Slide Bars and Cross Heads

Assembly work on these complex items is well advanced. They have been trial fitted on the bench and run very smoothly. They will now be offered up onto the locomotive and mounted with the pistons. Once fitted, they will be left on.
     

6. Reach Rod

You will have previously read about the difficulty of getting the reverser aligned with the inside motion, and the need to find a way around the tanks. Well, now that problem is over! We have now been able to buy the actual reach rod, and it is ready to be finally cut and fitted once the rest of the motion is assembled.
 

7. Paint Team

Here is a group shot of Patrick Keef, Phil Kent and paint foreman, Steve in the paint shop. For the eagle-eyed, a few of LYN's parts are hanging up ready for painting.
 

8. Paint Shop

And here are a few other LYN parts, in this case brake assemblies, just waiting for final paint to be applied.
   

9. Cylinder Drain Cocks

Whilst working on the cladding, Richard took the precaution of fitting the drain cocks, and here are a couple of images showing how they will look.
 

10. Right-Hand Cylinder Cladding

So, three weeks later, the right hand is practically complete. The only remaining work is to weld up some items that had to be "cut and shut", and some grounding smooth. The big heavy casting on the top is now machined and sits nicely on the cylinder block, giving good strength. Once complete, it will look nice.
     

11. Cab modifications

The carpenter has been busy! As previously reported, the cab needed modification to give space for the reach rods and pipework down to the injectors. There was also some tweaking to the area where the coal door lifted up. These have now been attended to. It was difficult to take images that show the work, but at least they give you some idea of what has happened.
       

12. Left-Hand cylinder cladding

Now Richard has practically finished the right hand cylinder, he will move onto the left hand. You will see that he has already done the cylinder and now will move onto the valve cladding. Hopefully, with the experience of the right hand one fresh in his mind, it will not be quite such a challenge.
   

13. Next...

The next few jobs to come will be the boiler hydraulics, fitting the dummy rivets on the smokebox, and fitting the couplings.

14. Manifold

Andy Bennett is well on with this assembly and hopes to get it complete by the end of March. I do not have any images yet, but expect some next time.

That is all for this edition, but expect some BIG news next time. The end is getting close...

Thanks,

Peter


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