13 March 2017
Work has been proceeding on the new boiler for Welsh Pony.
Some views of welding work being carried out back in August show what a slow and long skilled job it is to make up a whole boiler.
With the front tubeplate and foundation ring rivetted in place, firebox stays screwed and welded, the boiler is beginning to look largely complete.
The tubes were fitted during the week of 6th March.
Since Welsh Pony’s tender is in use behind Linda since 1963, a replacement has to be built to run with Welsh Pony.
With the design finalised and drawn up on computer, the parts came largely cut to size to speed up the assembly process.
With everything drilled and lined up the rivetting could be completed to allow the traditional shape to emerge.
This tender will be unique in the operating fleet in being vacuum braked. This requires a vacuum cylinder and reservoir to be fitted.
Work has been progressing further on the new frames for the loco. The axleboxes and wheelsets are being reused and have been refurbished for use.
The new cylinder block is fully machined and assembled. The wheels have been turned and new crankpins fitted.
Further fundraising is always required to complete the job.