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Post  craig@STW on Fri 07 Nov 2014, 9:01 pm

here's this weeks photos...

first a few jobs from last week that are now finished. the 4inch foden water pump sprocket and eccentric...

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most of this week has been spent on the 6inch foden motion/valve parts...

eccentric rods...

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lifting link pins...

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reversing quadrants...

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expansion links...

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drop arm...

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the weigh-shaft assembly needs drilling and pinning...

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a lot of the parts are already packed...

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and fitted to the control model...

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and as usual, the boilers are in constant production. starting to look a bit more complete now...

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Post  ChriX on Sat 08 Nov 2014, 7:32 am

Interesting as always Craig.

Is that the 6" Foden boiler on the bench? Interested to see more photos of how the boiler components come together if possible.
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Post  hippy dave on Sat 08 Nov 2014, 10:09 am

looking brilliant any idea on when the 6" foden kit will be sent out wife had me decorating whilst waiting for parts and starting to get garage withdrawal now need to get hands oily cheers craig Very Happy
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Post  craig@STW on Sat 08 Nov 2014, 12:57 pm

i think the boiler is a showmans, but not 100% sure. i know its NOT a 6inch foden. i'll try and get more pics of the boilers as and when they are made.

not sure when the kit will be going, the main thing now is drilling the taper pin holes in the weigh-shafts and this takes a bit of time as they have to be reamed out and we like to take it steady with the reamers. could be ready this week ?? maybe Ian can tell you more when he spots this.
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Post  craig@STW on Fri 14 Nov 2014, 10:02 pm

this weeks photos.

first up is the 6inch foden weigh-shaft assembly. after waiting all week for the taper pins to arrive i finally started these today.
first op is the single arm on the end of the shaft.

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its not easy to see but this jig holds the arm and shaft in position as the taper is drilled...

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and im just setting up the second op, this will drill and pin the other two arms at 90 degrees to the first one...

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more six inch foden parts, the regulator bracket...

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and the 3 way cock arm and handle end...

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4 inch foden water pump eccentric straps bored out on the lathe...

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4inch foden bearing end cap...

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first op on the 2inch burrell front Axel...

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and i've made a start on the 2 inch burrell cylinder blocks. the first op takes 50 minutes and mills the saddle and bore at the same time...

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and the laser cut parts for the SCC belly tank have arrived...

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Post  Road loco on Sat 15 Nov 2014, 10:13 pm

Good to c some pictures is there any kit 20 for a dcc gonna be done soon

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Post  Tony King on Sun 16 Nov 2014, 10:59 am

Have to say it's awesome seeing a 2" cylinder block appearing out of a solid block of cast iron. State of the art technology producing the technology of over a 100 years ago!!  Something rather nice about that, almost a tribute to our heritage I guess!!

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 21 Nov 2014, 8:49 pm

not as much work done as usual this week due to staff holidays and illness, but here are a few photos of some of the stuff we have done...

first off, the 6inch foden weigh-shaft and motion kit was finished and sent out...

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the 4inch foden bearing end caps were finished...

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an STW regular. globe valve bodies...

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2nd shaft support bush started...

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I've been drilling a few 4inch burrel rear wheels...

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and the SCC belly tank kit is progressing nicely...

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 21 Nov 2014, 8:54 pm

something else worth a look. does everyone remember Steve's steam cars ????

well most of the main fabrication is finished and the parts are slowly being powder coated and final assembly is under way. last weekend saw the first of the bodies and chassis coming together. they now spent most of their time under cover, due to the very expensive leather seats, but here are a couple of teaser photos...

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Post  phil gomez on Sat 22 Nov 2014, 6:11 am

Thanks Craig for the up-date.
Looking good.

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Post  Tony King on Sat 22 Nov 2014, 8:34 am

Those Stanley steam cars are unbelievably magnificent, you have to see them for real to appreciate the engineering skill that has gone into them & the finish is to match, Rolls Royce quality without a doubt...... Amazing job Steve!!

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Post  ChriX on Sat 22 Nov 2014, 3:19 pm

The cars have certainly come a long way since I visited the factory.

Looking at all the rivit holes in those belly tanks Shocked sore fingers coming I think
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Post  Road loco on Tue 25 Nov 2014, 10:56 am

Good to see some more pictures any update on a kit 20 for a dcc

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Post  bjwlancashire on Fri 28 Nov 2014, 1:20 pm

Tony King wrote:Those Stanley steam cars are unbelievably magnificent, you have to see them for real to appreciate the engineering skill that has gone into them & the finish is to match, Rolls Royce quality without a doubt...... Amazing job Steve!!

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I saw these in September or October, I forget when as we went to Bedfordshire three time in a few weeks. They look better in the metal, an outstanding job is being done by Steve on these, the owner of one of them was at Dorset on the stand when I was there and he is suitably impressed too. I hope I get an invite to the champagne and caviar unveiling ceremony as its the least they deserve.

Top drawer work Steve as always.

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Post  craig@STW on Sat 29 Nov 2014, 2:08 pm

here's the last of the photos for this month...

6inch foden kit 27 is just about ready to go...

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working on the 6inch regulator lever...

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and the connecting forks...

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4inch foden 2nd shaft...

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gear mounting spindle...

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and intermediate sprocket...

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angle brackets for the SCC belly tank...

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and tank parts...

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and showmans boiler barrels cut from tube...

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