The Erlestoke Manor Fund (EMF) have posted their January 2021 update on the work progressing on both of their Great Western Railway (GWR) 7800 ‘Manor’ Class engines.
7802 “Bradley Manor”
Following the completion of machine work, the new set of cylinder blocks for No 7802 will hopefully arrive at Tyseley Locomotive Works soon once transport is organised. Likewise, the valve liners, for the new cylinder blocks, have also been machined.
In preparation for fitting the new cylinder blocks, the locomotive has had it’s boiler cladding and lagging removed, ready for lifting the boiler.
7812 “Erlestoke Manor”
Once outstanding boiler work is completed, such as beading over flue tubes and fitting 30 stays, only a small amount of work will remain before a hydraulic boiler test can be scheduled. The EMF has arranged for Tyseley to carry out much of boiler reassembly at a cost to the Fund, this work would have usually been carried out by volunteers, but this is currently not possible due to COVID-19.
Tender T2329 (Churchward 3,500 Gallon)
The frame for the tender is now on its wheelsets temporarily. Next stage in the build is completing Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawings for parts required, such as the tender tank, a key component.
For more information or to support the maintenance of their fleet of steam locomotives, please visit the Erlestoke Manor Fund website here.
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