NEW TECHNIQUES AT PENDRE
The Talyllyn Railway has obtained 3D-printed axlebox keep patterns to make new keeps for its Kerr, Stuart ‘Tattoo’ 0-4-2ST No. 4 ‘Edward Thomas’. Supplied for £60, the plastic patterns are cheaper than the traditional timber variety. No. 4 is approaching the end of a bottom-end overhaul carried out over the winter. The driving wheelsets were brought up to standard, wheel centres bored, crank pins fitted and tyres turned, at Statfold Engineering. The railway was pleased to find that the locomotive’s cylinder bores are in excellent condition despite the high mileage covered since 1951 and never having been turned during the railway’s ownership. At the Vale of Rheidol Railway, the boiler of the TR’s No. 3 passed its steam test on February 21 and was steamed on April 17 (see left). Its livery is traditional preservation-era green, edged in black and lined in yellow. One change has been the installation of an opening hatch in the cab roof, to improve crew comfort on hot days.