First wheels fit­ted to Prince of Wales

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Barely had con­struc­tion of the frames for ‘Clan’ No. 72010 Hengist com­menced (SR476) than the first wheels were cast for the Rid­dles 4-6-2. All four bo­gie wheels were cast by the Boro Foundry of Stour­bridge dur­ing Jan­uary and early Fe­bru­ary. Next, says vol­un­teer Chris Jones, the Stan­dard Steam Lo­co­mo­tive Com­pany will con­duct an in­ven­tory of parts al­ready made for the bo­gie – in­clud­ing the side frame plates – be­fore or­der­ing the re­main­ing com­po­nents, in­clud­ing the stretch­ers. Work to erect the ‘Pa­cific’s’ frames at CTL Seal of Sh­effield has ini­tially fo­cused upon ma­chin­ing the com­bined frame stretch­ers and spring hang­ers. These will en­able the axle­box keeps to be ma­chined and fit­ted, giv­ing the lower frame rigid­ity to en­able the other com­po­nents to be in­stalled.

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