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NG/G16 – A Quick Update

As the design and manufacture stage of the project is virtually complete, and the workshop staff complete the finishing touches, here’s what we’ve been up to since last time:

  • The original steel dome cover has been straightened, filled, sanded, filled & sanded again, and finally primed and painted. It now awaits fitting.

  • The covers for the leading and hind engine unit mechanical lubricators have been overhauled and installed; the engraved brass pipe identification plates have also been fitted, showing which feed goes to where.

  • The timber cab floor has been manufactured and fitted by the carpenters. This followed final clearance trials of the hind unit inner pony truck to the under-cab steam pipes.

  • Boiler has passed its hydraulic test with new regulator valve and standpipe fitted. Operating gear for damper, ashpan slides & rocking grate and blowdown valve are all complete and installed.

  • Removable brick arch formers have been fabricated and the concrete arch has been cast in situ.

  • Valve setting has been completed; clearance trials (see above) can be conducted when complete.

  • Headlamps are painted and installed, ready for wiring up to take place.

  • Electrical conduit has been mounted, cab lights fitted and the cables has been run, with final connections and testing left to complete.

  • Preparation of the necessary maintenance and operating manuals, required for training, continues.

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