Locomotive and tender update
Wadebridge has currently been put to bed for the Winter after a successful Autumn of running on the Great Central Railway and the Mid Hants Railway.
Whilst the loco has been resting we have been pursuing our goal of finishing the building our own tender with a major milestone being the pressing on of wheel pans on to the new axles using the South Devon Railway Engineering’s wheel press. From this point, the new axles are mounted in the wheel lathe for the next stage in the machining process. The final stage will be to machine the new tyres to the correct size for fitting and then for them to be given the correct profile.
With the tender wheels sets nearing completion we have been investigating the production of axleboxes for the tender and after much thought we are having a new pattern made by Preservation Patterns