Progress in Devon – 6

The latest report from Leaky Finders shows some good progress:-

“The overhaul of 35028 Clan line has taken a massive step forwards this week, with the fitting and tack welding of the first of the new firebox side sheets. It’s an extremely tricky operation to get them inside the firebox, so it’s critical to get them measured, cut and weld prepped as best as is possible out on the bench, to save taking them in and out every 5 minutes! This week will see the drivers side have the same work, which then will allow the boiler inspector to visit before the sides are fully welded up. Re staying work will then be started whilst the new half syphons are fitted. The backhead stays are currently being machined on our CNC machine and will be fitted in due course.”

Preparing new firebox side plate
Preparing the new firebox side plate
Preparing new stay holes
Lifting new firebox side plate into position through the ashpans
Lifting new firebox side plate into position through the ashpans
Lifting new firebox side plate into position through the ashpans
Lifting new firebox side plate into position through the ashpans
New side plate has been tack welded into position
A start has been on the welding

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