84030 to be wheeled this summer
The project to re-create a BR Standard ‘2MT’ 2-6-2T from an ex-Barry ‘Mogul’ will reach a major milestone this summer, with the driving wheels placed under the frames. No. 84030, converted from 2-6-0 No. 78059, will be ready for wheeling once one remaining horn guide is fitted to the horn block, with machining of the axleboxes completed and the underkeeps trial-fitted. Both pony trucks are also making good progress, with the casting for the rear truck delivered and the front one being machined, while drawings have been produced for the rear truck radial arm to be cut using the water jet method. As the latter part is of the same thickness and specification as other parts for the rear truck, they will all be cut in a ‘nest’ from the same plate. The driver’s brake pedestal has been tackwelded together, and its controls and doors trialfitted, allowing the steam and vacuum brake piping to be added. Once the frames are wheeled and placed on a short section of track, this will allow the erection of a ‘poly shed’ over the locomotive, which will speed up the project by allowing work to continue during inclement weather.