Bogie side plates for steam locomotive 567 get first machine

GCR 567
Credit: Ken Harrison

The GCR 567 Group has released an update on their project to build locomotive No.567.

At the beginning of January 2019, the first machinings were performed on the side plates. This took place at the Ruddington Locomotive Works.

Using the lift table, three volunteers were able to lift the plates on to the Cincinnati milling machine.

This commenced the first stage of machining of the recesses for the hornblocks, the two plates were bolted together to ensure that they were both finished to the same size. The frame plates for the bogie both locate and transfer the load of the front of 567 to the bogie wheels.

This means that they have to be accurately machined, the first of which has now been completed.

When it is assembled with the centre bolster and the horn blocks and secured with rivets and bolts, the main part of the bogie will be ready for assembly with wheels.

You can view a video of the machining by clicking here.

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