SMOKEBOX AND TANKS COMING TOGETHER FOR ‘3MT’
BR ‘3MT’ 2‑6‑2T No. 82045 has its ‘face’ with the completion of the smokebox door ‑ and the tanks are to follow. Both the door and its inner liner have been produced, along with the securing ‘dart’, and adorned with an 83C (Exeter) shedplate owned by Peter Line, the project’s Deputy Engineer ‑ although none of the original 45 ‘3MTs’ were allocated here. Construction of the locomotive’s distinctive tanks has also commenced at the Dinas workshops of the Welsh Highland Railway, with the platework being prepared for the initial stages of assembly. Machining of the axlebox horn faces is in progress, and the front steam chest cover has been fitted to the right‑hand cylinder. The rear covers are being made by the Boro Foundry, along with the pivot slide and top frame for the front pony truck.