Monday 31 July 2023

More happening everyday

I am struggling to keep up with progress at Toddington!

The work in the cab keeps on!

Items continued to be added to the back head and the reverser cladding and drivers seat are now in place

The clack vales have been lapped and fitted!

Work continues at the front of the loco.

Superheater header in place, steam feed pipes being test fitted, various valves fitted to the outside of the smoke box.

Also some the the super heater elements have been fitted 

We are getting closer to the in frame steam test and loco moves!!! Keep watching!!!

Tuesday 18 July 2023

Further Pressure Testing and Cladding Prep

More great progress on the HGO!

The team have been creating kit to pressure test the steam deliver pipes in the smoke box. These connect from the Superheater Head and then to the outside steam feed pipes. These all need to be hydraulically tested before the final fitting.

Fitting of the new smoke box to the boiler is progress well

More cladding is being prepped in readiness for a major step forward when the boiler has insulation fitted and the cladding put of the top!! We are about two thirds through this prep.

Next few pictures are of the loco on shed at the GWSR with 3850 of the Dinmore Group in front of our 2800 waiting for its Boiler return. 

The Back Head is taking shape!! Yes someone is in the firebox!!! They are drilling holes for the ash pan sprinkler systems, they got missed before the ash pan was attached to the bottom of the firebox. 

While this person is in the firebox another from the team remains on the footplate to keep watch and check on them.......

Tuesday 11 July 2023

Early July Progress

The CSPL HGO team is working almost every day to progress work on the Loco and Tender.

Test fitting the hydrostatic lubricator to the back head. Various pipes need to be adjusted and fitted within the cab and the pipes that run the length of the boiler to steam feed pipes in the smoke box

Once the test fitting was competed the hydrostatic lubricator was removed, this will now be dismantled and thoroughly checked and tested.

All the back head cladding was then removed, insulation placed between it and the boiler, and all then put back in place.

The Smoke box door has been needle gunned to remove any old paint and rust, this was then primed to be painted at a later date

The various connecting pipes have been put in place between the tender and the main loco frames

Wednesday 5 July 2023

June milestones!!

Work continues at Toddington on various areas of the of the loco

Following are some recent pictures of progress

Prep work on the loco tender in readiness for a new top coat of paint.
This is a loan tender from GWR Collet 3205. I will detail the need for a loan tender in another post soon

All the crinolines have been fitted but still need some adjustments

Loco getting some sunshine on the 1st July. The team are cleaning the outside of the new smoke box in readiness for heat resistant paint

The new super Heater Header being fitted to the New Smoke Box. you can also see that the regulator box has been fitted, the front has been removed to allow for adjustments and fine turning.