• 567: Two more frame components - the motion girder and middle stretcher - have been produced for the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway 4-4-0, and the slidebar support brackets are being machined. • 2013: A presentation on the LNWR ‘George V’ 4-4-0 project is to be held at Kidderminster Railway Museum on July 29. • 4709: Members of the 47XX Project are meeting at the Kent & East Sussex Railway on May 6, with a coach reserved behind visiting ‘Manor’ No. 7822 Foxcote Manor, and all are welcome to attend. Steel for No. 4709’s cab and running plates has been ordered, and the frames are being painted at Llangollen, with the wheelsets expected from the South Devon Railway after Easter. • 6880: Work has commenced on the overhaul of Betton Grange’s boiler (originally from No. 7927 Willington Hall ) at Tyseley, with the manufacture of a replacement front tubeplate and firebox backplate. The boiler appeal now stands at £184,000, just over £40,000 short of its £225,000 target, while 48 of the 80 class members have been taken up in the ‘Adopt a Grange’ sponsorship scheme (www.6880.co.uk). • 61673: Patterns for the frame stays and spring hanger brackets of ‘B17’ Spirit of Sandringham were completed, and the first pair of the latter cast, by William Cook of Sheffield during early April. All the castings are expected to be produced by early May (along with the fabricated frame stay at North View Engineering Solutions) and following stress relieving and machining, will be delivered to Llangollen for fitting to the frames in the second half of the year. • 72010: Hengist ’s front firebox support and trailing truck pivot has been completed by CTL Seal of Sheffield. Machining of the ‘Clan’ 4-6-2’s rear dragbox was also expected to be complete as this issue went to press. • 84030: An order has been placed for the front running plates of the BR ‘2MT’ 2-6-2T at the Bluebell Railway, while work continues on fitting its vacuum pipework.