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Post  craig@STW on Sat 11 Oct 2014, 10:37 am

a few photos from this weeks production...

another batch of boiler plates have arrived, this time for the showmans and the SCC. barrels are due any time...

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machine shop working on the weld prep...

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4inch foden rear drive boss (hub) turned and milled...

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and the spacers for the double wheel mounting plate...

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4inch foden steering wheel rims turned...

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6inch foden water pump castings...

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and a cast trigger for the 6inch foden...

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showmans water lifter pipe brackets....

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2inch burrell rear axels...

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and traction wagon wood kits...

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Post  ChriX on Sat 11 Oct 2014, 6:54 pm

Looking great thanks for posting Craig! Do we know what pressure the SCC boilers will be running at yet?
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Post  hartshaulage on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 12:39 pm

Thank you for the update Craig, look's like your catching up very nicely with all he kits
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Post  Steam Traction World on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 3:25 pm

The design pressure for the SCC is 200 psi so the working pressure is 180 psi. Should give it a 'sprightly' performance.

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 17 Oct 2014, 9:30 pm

photos from this week....

another batch of boilers getting ready for pressure testing...

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4inch burrel ash pan laser cuts just arrived...

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and the grate bars waiting for machining...

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grate bar supports are already done...

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showmans belly tank brackets...

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and toolbox badges...

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6inch foden water pump rams...

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pump eccentrics...

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and eccentric shafts...

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4inch foden steering wheel handle...

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manhole clamps...

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crank shafts...

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Post  Heavyhaul on Sat 18 Oct 2014, 10:59 am

Hi Craig,
Great Pictures many thanks for posting the updates.

Best Regards
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Post  phil gomez on Sat 18 Oct 2014, 4:43 pm

Hi Craig
Thank you for posting your pictures.
I'm not building one of your engines yet but hopefully soon?
I do enjoy seeing what being built at the moment (love the engineering that gos into them).
Please keep them coming.
Thanks.

Phil.

Forgot to say.
what a lovely sight, a line of boilers.
Imagine a line of Burrell or Fawler boilers what a sight that would be (never to be seen again) except at STW.


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Post  Road loco on Sat 18 Oct 2014, 4:49 pm

Hi Craig thanx for the pictures,
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Post  craig@STW on Fri 24 Oct 2014, 8:07 pm

this weeks photos...

the main "item" this week has been the 6inch foden rear wheels....

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finishing off the stuff from last week, the ash pans have been formed...

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and 100's of grate bars machined...

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boiler cladding has been cut...

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and the last part of the boilers, the fire door mounting plates, machined...

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showmans flywheels having a final skim...

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work started on check valve bodies...

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and these are soon to become 2inch burrell cylinder blocks. yes we do cut these from solid !!!

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Post  ChriX on Fri 24 Oct 2014, 9:23 pm

Really liking the weekly updates, thanks for posting Craig!
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Post  Road loco on Fri 24 Oct 2014, 9:25 pm

Hi Craig thanx for the update,

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Post  Tony King on Fri 24 Oct 2014, 11:14 pm

Hey Craig, make sure you follow up with some pictures of those 2" cylinder blocks when they get to be machined, incredible!!

Even though I've "finished" getting kits, still love to see all the stuff you guys do!!

Many thanks!!

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Post  craig@STW on Sat 25 Oct 2014, 5:15 pm

will try to provide a photo for each op of the blocks. don't think im starting them just yet though.

been a long time since we made the 2inch blocks from a casting. all the programs are already written, its just a case of setting them up and getting on with it.

may be some photos somewhere on the forum from the last time we made them, i'll be looking for these for reference Very Happy

will try to keep up the weekly updates, im OK at taking the photos but then i just forget to post them up, but i do have Steve reminding me now. actually if you look at the first photo of the foden wheels you can just see our PC on the desk behind with its new screensaver... CRAIG FORUM Embarassed

it's not easy to post them whilst at the factory because the slow internet connection really does not like the photo-bucket site that the photos are stored on, it struggles to upload the images but it takes seconds at home. !!!
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Post  LiveSteam on Sat 25 Oct 2014, 11:17 pm

craig@STW wrote:
it's not easy to post them whilst at the factory because the slow internet connection really does not like the photo-bucket site that the photos are stored on, it struggles to upload the images but it takes seconds at home. !!!

Not sure what browser your using to upload to photo-bucket but I had a lot of problems with IE, changed it to Firefox and uploads are much more reliable even when the connection was somewhat overloaded with other stuff which would be similar to a slow connection, might be worth a go ?

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Post  craig@STW on Sat 01 Nov 2014, 1:06 pm

the last few photos for October (yes, i know its November now but the photos... oh you know !!!! Laughing )

an interesting stage of the boiler making process, when the barrel, fire box and outer wrapper become one....

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showmans belly tank parts bent and shaped...

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4 inch foden water pump eccentrics in the machine shop...

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and eccentric sprockets waiting for machining...

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water pump gland...

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6 inch foden regulator lever turned on the end and waiting for milling...

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90 degree elbows made from castings...

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a quick look at the 6 inch foden control model....

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