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.56: 18 June 2017

Dear All,

Here is the latest update up to and including Friday 16th June.The images break down into two dates: Monday 12th June and Friday 16th June. So here we go:

1. Items in the Paint Bay

These include, the chimney, ashpan, smokebox door, brake components, and the water drain valve from the balance pipe.
             
 

2. Lubrication and GPCS Pipe Runs

These show the inside lubrication runs that will be hidden when the boiler was fitted. These include the steel GPCS pipework, now painted, and the copper steam and lubrication runs from the cab to the front end.
   
   
 

3. Sand Jets

These are now all fitted and plumbed for both steam and as you will see later on, with the flexible hose from the sand boxes.
     

4. Mechanical Lubricator

This is all now painted and fitted, with all lubrication runs connected.
   

5. Gauge Frame Protector

We have an issue with the protector that we purchased back in 2014. It is too small!! However, we are working with the supplier to get the correct model. This is just a minor irritant.
     

6. Sand Hose

Now we have moved onto Friday 16th, and this shows the sand hose from the sand box in place.
   

7. Oil Pots

The originally designed lubrication feeding the slide bars and rocking arm did not 'look right'. We have designed in the use of GWR 4-way lubrication pots. These will be fitted to the side tanks. We have found a pattern and are having two cast, which will then need machining. We don't have time for this, so great thanks to the Dartmouth Steam Railway, who have generously lent us two from 4555 until ours arrive.
 

8. Blow Down Linkage

It is almost impossible to photograph, but this poor image shows the linkage and operating handle for the blow down valve, now fully installed and working.
 

9. Gauges

We have had all of LYN's gauges in store for quite some time, but as calibration certificates are only valid for two years, we will shortly be sending them them away to SM Gauge in Bristol for calibrating and certification.
     

10. Smokebox

These views show just the front of the engine, but behind the door, the smokebox is now finally bolted down, the chimney fitted, and all of the furniture inside the smokebox completed.
 
     

11. Manifold Support Welding

The manifold is now temporarily fitted, and the brackets are in place along with the steam brake. There are, I think, seven bosses that need welding to the boiler. This will be carried out by Andy Bennett who is a coded welder and the boiler's constructor. Andy is coming up on Tuesday 20th June to complete the work.
   

12. The Manifold

These images show how the manifold looks. It has been painted and the brackets added. Ignore the blue handles. These modern looking features will be changed (but probably after the 8th July) with something more in keeping.
     
   

13. More Pipework

Now thAT the boiler is in, we can complete the pipe runs back to the cab. We are about one man-day away from completing all of the lubrication and steam runs from the cab forward. Now we have the big job of connecting the manifold once it is welded into position. This includes the injector pipework which starts in earnest on Thursday 22nd June, when Bill Collins joins the team.
     

14. Fireman's-Eye View

This is from the footplate, looking back on the left hand side. You can see two of the cladding sheets on. The rest will go on in the next week, when the tanks can be fitted.
 

So where are we now?

Well, the answer is just about on target!

By the 8th July, LYN will not yet have the vacuum fitted, but should be in steam and moveable. The bottom half, below the frames, will be painted, as will the bunker, but all other items will be in undercoat.

The team is working 11-hour days and are confident that as long as there are no unexpected issues, there will be something EXCITING for you to see on the 8th July!

As the pace quickens, I will try to do weekly LYNformation updates, so look out for LYNformation 57 in a few days time!

Cheerio until then.

Peter


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