The Mid Hants Railway has released an update on the overhaul work being carried out on steam locomotive 35005 Canadian Pacific.
The team of volunteers at Eastleigh Works have been progressing with the work to the lubrication system. This is a perseverance task.
Malcolm has been working to rebuild the casing for the valves, this was finished this month with the help from a welder at Eastleigh Works.
Things have slowly quietened down as parts from Ropley are waiting to be finished, but this hasn’t stopped progress being made.
This month has seen the movement of a number of items from Eastleigh to Ropley – the works at Eastleigh have become a hive of activity with the volunteers starting their own strongman competition.
The coupling rods have been loaded and delivered to Ropley Works, where the Wednesday Gang had to find a place to store them – thankfully space was found.
35005’s bogie frame has now been finished, with some of the Eastleigh volunteers painting it – along with the wheels for the bogie and trailing truck.
Mark Drinkwater has been bronze welding the axleboxes. These are now waiting to be white metalled.
The team that has been working on the have now moved onto the trailing truck. Work will begin to progress within the next few weeks. There is hope that the group can get a trailing truck and bogie back down to Eastleigh to put under the frames. This will be a very big visual milestone for the locomotive.
The boiler shop has allowed the group to borrow the injectors to test fit to the locomotive. The boiler work has been progressing well, with sections of the sides of the firebox being removed to allow a new plate to be cut and put in place. Some holes have started to be drilled in the back plate. However, the group are a long way off drilling 2,200 holes for the inner firebox.
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