Work is continuing at Boston Lodge with the cylinders and their end covers plus the valve chest covers having been machined. A small amount remains on a couple of the cylinder blocks which will be 100% complete in the very near future.
The pony truck axles have been made and the wheels pressed on. That will make them much easier to handle and move around.
Quotations are arriving for the next run of castings. This has been an extended process as most foundries are very busy at present and have excessive amounts of work already in hand.
We need to get forgings done for the outside cranks. This has been a frustrating problem as there seem to be no forge masters able to handle this size of item – they are too large. Another forge has no workforce to take on further work. There must be an option and we will find it, possibly overseas.
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The photos were taken by Jon Whalley of the Ffestiniog Railway.