The Corris Railway has released an update on their new build locomotive, Falcon No.10, and also other jobs around the site.
The Falcon locomotives have an odd arrangement where the cylinders fit into large slots which are cut into the frames with headstock angle plates.
Some of the current work being carried out at Alan Keef Ltdis to do the machining and creating the fixings that accommodate and secure the cylinders including the fitted bolds which are needed for the front headstock angle plates.
Other jobs that are progressing are machining a leading to the front of the cylinder bores and drilling and tapping the remaining holes needed on the cylinders.
The eccentric rods are being worked on. It is planned to fit all of the cylinder studs so that the various covers can be fitted and datums for setting up crossheads and slide bars can be established.
Many of the motion parts have been manufactured and are ready for fitting.
Meanwhile, at Corris, the volunteers that are working on Maespoeth Junction have progressed with work on a number of projects. More internal fitting has been done on carriage No.23. Glazing for this has been prepared and is now being fitted.
The other carriage under construction, No. 24, has had its welded metal carcase completed and has been mounted on bogies.
This has allowed it to have its first journey on the running line. This being a round trip from Maespoeth to Corris with diesel No.6.
Work is also underway on the reconstruction of a 2 plank wagon for use in gravity train demonstrations, galas and photo charters as required.
Another job completed by volunteers is the construction of a fuel store at Maespoeth Junction, giving neater and drier accommodation for both coal and wood.