SMOKE­BOX AND TANKS COM­ING TO­GETHER FOR ‘3MT’

Steam Railway (UK) - - News -

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.

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