84030 to be wheeled this sum­mer

Steam Railway (UK) - - New Build -

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.

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