South of Edinburgh progress is being made on the repair of the ‘Maxi Lucky 7’ which, as Charlie reported earlier, is a tad under the weather. However, surgery is going well & the patient is making slow, but steady progress:
‘Here is a wee update on my (slow) progress with the Maxi Lucky 7 axlebox:
The axle is about 55mm Ø, and the hole in the box has worn pear-shaped, with about 10mm elongation.
To get the wheelset into my Chester Crusader, I used the Engine Crane and a plank. Even in that condition it still weighs about 90lbs and there was no way I could lift it into place on the centres without damage to myself, or the lathe!
I am now making a split box from 2 pieces of 50 x 50mm square continuously cast, cast iron.
Once the new box is completed, I need to re-fit the Flycrank (Loctite, and half and half grub screws I think) and re-assemble the loco.
By the way, Hantsrail has put some new video on their Youtube channel:
This shows some runs along the figure-of-eight, after completing a temporary connection about three weeks ago. These are the first runs right round after about 20 years work, on and off.
Stay safe everyone,
Best wishes, Charlie Y.’