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Post  craig@STW on Sun 01 Mar 2015, 9:38 pm

dave... i can't tell you when the next kit is due out, all i can suggest is that if you have a problem (concerning anything) phone up and speak to Dean or steve Very Happy
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Post  craig@STW on Sun 01 Mar 2015, 9:50 pm

last weeks photos...

the 4inch axel boxes are nearly finished....

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and the springs are ready for heat treating...

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now cutting roof slats for the 6inch foden...

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and these are for the roof construction jig...

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6 inch foden brake drums...

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and axel boxes...

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and the Bu4 crankshaft bearings are nearly done...

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Post  Steam Traction World on Mon 02 Mar 2015, 8:24 am

Hi Tim,

We are hoping that you get your cab and roof kit this week. (just sneaked in to February then!  Very Happy ) This is a massive kit and although might not look complicated in comparison to kits like cylinder blocks etc it really is very difficult indeed. The roof is no easy shape to get right and we don't do wood (or duvets!) so apart from the three pieces in the photo's above the rest of the roof parts has had to be subbed out to a local cabinet maker/carpenter. Just to give you an idea of the difficulty and the amount of slats/parts of wood on this order, the bill for just the carpenter guy alone is over 20k!!! affraid affraid affraid added to this items need to be manufactured in a certain sequence to prove the fit etc before moving on to the next bit. This means it just couldn't be multi started with parts being run in situ.

Hope i don't sound too excuse making (if there's such a saying) but thought i'd let you know where we are at. Fingers crossed if we get the delivery as promised early this week a kit will be working its way to you soon.

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Post  craig@STW on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 6:02 pm

last weeks photos....

the 6inch foden roof and cab kit is coming along, with all the roof ribs that we machined now cleaned up...

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and joined by most of the other wood...

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the roof for the control model is going together...

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and the beading for the cab is done...

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BU4 inch front wheels drilled...

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2inch wagon axles...

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and another job cut from solid. this time the 2inch perch bracket...

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Post  Vapor on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 7:57 pm

Many thanks Craig for taking the time to take and post the photos on the forum as it gives us a better insight of all the hard work that all the staff are doing at STW. Ian
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Post  ChriX on Mon 09 Mar 2015, 10:23 pm

Thanks Craig great photos as always. How are the SCC boilers coming?
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Post  craig@STW on Sat 14 Mar 2015, 4:29 pm

sorry guys and galls, not been in work the second half of last week due to family bereavement.

will sort some photos on monday and post them in the evening


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Post  craig@STW on Mon 16 Mar 2015, 7:58 pm

as promised, photos covering last weeks work and whats going on as of today.

the 6inch foden cab and roof on the control model. i think its worth mentioning that after cutting the ribs for the roof and constructing the "test piece", steve wasn't happy with the shape of one of the ribs and therefore the shape of the roof so we re-cut a whole second batch of that one rib out of new wood. i say this only to prove that we do try to get things as right as we can...

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carrying on from last weeks update, the 2inch perch brackets are progressing...

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and onto something new, the showmans tender kit. lots of sheet metal work...

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and the corner fillets for the tender are turned and segmented in the machine shop...

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some castings, 6inch foden falve handle

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and 4inch wagon latch pin plate...

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and as usual, boiler plates...

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Post  Tony King on Tue 17 Mar 2015, 12:26 pm

Such a lot of work goes into fabrication of "bits" & these pictures demonstrate this so well... the tender fillets machined from solid then cut up & welded into position, all to look like it was one piece all along.. if you see what I mean!!

The amount of swarth produced from machining by you guys must must be colossal affraid

As always, brilliant to see pictures of production, so Thanks again Craig!!

Regards,
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Post  craig@STW on Sun 22 Mar 2015, 9:37 pm

last weeks photos...

the 2inch perch brackets on the last op...

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and finished...

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the tender fillets from last week are now wielded in place...

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and we have started on another load, this time for the showmans...

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tender beading...

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and 4inch foden smokebox doors are finally getting drilled...

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and SCC cylinder blocks...

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now started, although the first batch of any cylinder blocks can take a while...

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Post  hartshaulage on Sun 22 Mar 2015, 10:49 pm

Nice looking bits of kit there always a pleasure to see whats going off behind the scenes and to keep us guessing what is next, In guessing smoke box for the 4.5 Foden next a kit which will have to stay in the box for a while whilst i play catch up

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Post  the governer on Mon 23 Mar 2015, 9:43 pm

Any update on any 4" DCC kits?

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Post  the governer on Thu 26 Mar 2015, 8:50 pm

Wasn't really expecting a reply!
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Post  Tony King on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 7:30 am

Probably best to phone for answers liker that, STW are always very helpful on the phone!
The forum would get awfully "cluttered" if they started answering every customers question on here!
Just a thought!
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Post  Mike King on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 7:41 am

Yes, also sending Ian a PM has worked out well for me.
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Post  Steve H on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 8:06 am

Agree with the above posts.
Seems to defeat the object of having a thread, labeled "Production Photos" if it just gets cluttered with enquires, perhaps it should be locked down to allow Craig to do what he does best, ie provide us with some excellent insights as to how these marvellous machines are produced.
Those requiring answers can always, contact the relevant person for answers, lets face it we all want to know when the next kit is ready.
Just a thought Very Happy Very Happy
Steps down of soap box and off to work I go.
P.S Have a nice weekend you all
Steve H Very Happy
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Post  gasman on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 10:03 am

Agreed, if I desperately want to know what is happening I email Steve or just a quick phone call. Get an immediate update.

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Post  craig@STW on Sun 29 Mar 2015, 9:11 pm

if i could answer your questions i would, but i just don't have the info anymore.

OK last photos for this thread...

work continues on the SCC cylinder blocks...

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road loco name rings...

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showmans tender brake tubes...

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6inch foden ashpans...

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and the next batch of 6inch foden front axle ends...

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stub axles...

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king pins...

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and steering arms...

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Post  gwr1475 on Mon 30 Mar 2015, 12:59 am

Thanks for the update! As always very interesting to see whats going on in the works.

All the best
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