‘Night Owl’ wheelsets ar­rive at ty­se­ley as axle­bOx sur­veys start

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The wheelsets for the Great West­ern So­ci­ety’s ‘47XX’ No. 4709 have ar­rived at Ty­se­ley for fur­ther work to­wards wheel­ing the Church­ward 2‑8‑0 this sum­mer. Hav­ing had their tyres pro­filed at South Devon Rail­way En­gi­neer­ing, the driv­ing wheelsets will have their crankpin col­lars and lead bal­ance weights fit­ted at the Birm­ing­ham work­shop. All the axle­box horn guides have been fit­ted to the frames at Llan­gollen, while the cast­ings for the spring hanger brack­ets (pro­duced from pat­terns loaned by the Bet­ton Grange project) have ar­rived for ma­chin­ing. Brack­ets for the run­ning plates have also been de­liv­ered. The fi­nal task be­fore No. 4709’s wheel­ing is the restora­tion of the driv­ing axle­boxes from ‘5205’ 2‑8‑0T No. 5227, which are be­ing sur­veyed prior to seek­ing quotes, and will re­quire new un­der­keeps and oil pads. Around £50,000 is needed to wheel the frames, plus a fur­ther £10,000 to or­der the springs. For more details or to do­nate, con­tact GWS Chair­man Richard Croucher at Did­cot Rail­way Cen­tre, Did­cot, Ox­ford­shire OX11 7NJ, email chair­man@did­co­trail­way­cen­tre. org.uk or visit www.4709.org.uk

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