The Bury Standard 4 Group has released an update on 46428 as well as a brief update on 80097.
BR Standard 4 No.80097 is now regularly rostered on the East Lancashire Railway. The locomotive has completed over 70 steamings since her launch in March and has now covered over 5,000 miles on the East Lancs Railway.
The recent Autumn Steam Gala at the ELR marked one year since 80097 first steamed after her thirty four year restoration. The Group are still carrying out most of the maintenance that is required on 80097.
A new blowdown valve and pipework have been made and are waiting to be installed. New bronze piston gland packings are also being made. These are planned to be fitted during the Christmas period.
Moving onto Ivatt No.46428, initial work is now well underway on the restoration of the Ivatt.
The pony truck centre casting has been moved to the East Lancashire Railway workshop at Baron Street for boring.
A lot of the sub-assemblies: brake stretchers, cylinder ends, sand boxes, etc have been cleaned, repaired, painted and are now stored.
New window frames have been laser cut for the cab and the drawings for the cab sides, front and roof are being finalised. The front buffer beam has been laser cut and this is now ready for machining.
The next job for the group will be for the axle boxes to be white metalled.
It is planned for the Ivatt frame, now it is sandblasted and painted, to be moved into the group's workshop and mounted on frame stands to make future work easier.
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