BROWN BEAR’S BOILER BE­GINS

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Con­struc­tion of the £23,000 boiler for the Grou­dle Glen Rail­way’s new 2‑4‑0T Brown Bear is about to start at Ben­nett Boil­ers of High­bridge. GGR Char­ity Sec­re­tary Alex Brind­ley told Steam Rail­way in early April: “Andy Ben­nett has made the draw­ings which are with British En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices (our boiler in­sur­ers) for ap­proval. “We have paid the 25% de­posit to or­der the ma­te­ri­als and con­struc­tion will now pro­ceed with de­liv­ery due for Au­gust or Septem­ber this year. The boiler re­ceived a fur­ther gen­er­ous do­na­tion in De­cem­ber.” Both in­jec­tors were do­nated to the project by David Humphreys, owner of the North Bay Rail­way, where the brake gear was also pro­duced by North Bay En­gi­neer­ing. Thanks to a con­ver­sa­tion in a pub at the Raven­glass & Eskdale Rail­way, Jack Dib­nah ‑ son of steeple­jack Fred Dib­nah ‑ has ma­chined the cou­pling and con­nect­ing rods. A sim­i­lar chance meet­ing has re­sulted in the pro­duc­tion of the en­gine’s dis­tinc­tive brass dome cover. Said Mr Brind­ley: “We tried sev­eral firms of metal spin­ners, and all de­clined such a one‑off job ‑ but the group restor­ing Peck­ett 0‑6‑0ST Tri­as­sic at the Lin­colnshire Coast Light Rail­way, have just had a sim­i­lar, slightly smaller cover made. The gentle­man who pro­duced it has now al­most com­pleted ours, all beaten by hand from sheet brass.”

CON­STRUC­TION WILL PRO­CEED WITH DE­LIV­ERY FOR AU­GUST OR SEPTEM­BER

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