NEW TECH­NIQUES AT PEN­DRE

Steam Railway (UK) - - Narrow Gauge -

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.

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