Our Bathgate Locomotive Works manager has recently updated the Newsdesk with more progress on ‘Maude’. This has been the completion of the Smokebox & a braw job it is too!
My ingenuity was certainly tested on this job. How to produce two identical reverse bends which would be a perfect fit around the smokebox door & boiler rings AND fit perfectly between the frames!
Hurrah, success! The 2.5mm thich steel of the wrapper is quite tough to bend. Being 4″ wide & cold doesn’t help!
(Well, I don’t know Robert, I can see space for a couple more!)
Front & rear rings bolted on with countersunk Hex screws. Just need to go over the wrapper with a file to ensure all the heads are flush with the wrapper. Don’t want a proud head to spoil the paint finish & sod’s law says it would be in the most prominent place!!
Well, that’s the Bathgate Works on care & maintenance for the festive season holidays. Stay safe everyone & more updates in 2021.