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Post  Mark the spark on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 4:29 pm

Thanks Will
I am sure you can understand why I am now getting impatient as this kit is now about 18 months late and I want to get the engine out and about this season

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Post  Heavyhaul on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 10:50 pm

Hi Will,
I am also waiting the last remaining kit for the showman's, Unfortunately due to my back injury i have been unable to come up and collect kit 34, but hopefully will be able to get up to STW in a few weeks.

I will get in touch with Isobel to find out how many kits are to be collected. I know i have at least four kits for the Traction wagon to collect, as well as a few for my second showman's which i currently have kits 1,3,4,5,7 paid for kit 6. I was supposed to collect kit 2 but then suffered an injury whilst at work, and been unable to drive because of the medication.
Hopefully now that Dean has been chasing the magnets, then hopefully we won't have to wait much longer.

Kind regards
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Post  Will@STW on Tue 19 Feb 2019, 9:30 am

Hi guys 

I do understand your impatience (I would be the same in your position), but good things will come to those who wait. We will hopefully have a final delivery date soon. Dean has made it his task for the day to chase the magnets again, we are unfortunately at the mercy of the company supplying them. I will give you more news when I have it. 

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 22 Feb 2019, 4:01 pm

This weeks photos...

the machines are currently working on Showmans/ Roadloco kit 18, steering, and 6inch Foden Kit 22, Flywheel and conrods.

Showmans steering chain shafts...

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Putting the angled oiler hole in the chain shaft bush...

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blocking out the bronze for the foden big end bearings...

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and blocking out the conrods on the 4th axis...

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the foden flywheels. we decided it was quicker to block them out on the mill first...

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before final turning on the lathe...

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manual are working on the Showmans/roadloco tender kit...

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harry is working on another Aggi boiler (although it could possibly be the same one he's been on for the past 3 weeks  Rolling Eyes )

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and also welding up some parts for lyka kit 2...

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 01 Mar 2019, 4:13 pm

this weeks photos...

we are just finishing of the showmans/roadloco steering kit. the chain shafts are going on the mill now...

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the oilers are done...

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the steering chains are being put together...

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and the steering chain eyes being formed...

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we are also nearly done on the foden 6inch kit. lots of machining in this one. big end bearings...

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con rods...

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and the flywheels...

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and the crossheads are just being set up on the lathe...

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Lyka front swivel hubs are all together and awaiting machining...

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and the factory is now littered with Lyka boilers...

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Post  NorfolkModelSteam on Fri 01 Mar 2019, 9:39 pm

Anything for the roller?

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Post  craig@STW on Sat 02 Mar 2019, 8:20 am

we will get the steering and con-rod kits finished early next week... then it will be on to something for the roller.

also forgot to say that the Lyka wiring loom kit is being worked on as well.
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Post  Goliewogs on Sat 02 Mar 2019, 9:01 am

Hi Craig!, I nearly was going to say what has happened to the Lyka wiring looms that were supposed to be delivered last month?! However, you say there are Lyka boilers littering STW now, but when will they likely to be ready for delivery please?
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Post  craig@STW on Sat 02 Mar 2019, 12:46 pm

not sure about the boilers, they need to be pressure tested and all signed off before they can go out so not sure what the plans are with that.
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Post  Steve Traill on Sat 02 Mar 2019, 9:06 pm

Hi Craig
Those steering chain eyes could do with a dab of weld to stop them opening up when one drives into a pothole. Tim & I have had several occurrences when this has happened & had to change them for fixed eyes. If one let go it'd be a big crash!
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Post  Mark the spark on Sat 02 Mar 2019, 9:14 pm

Steve Traill wrote:Hi Craig
Those steering chain eyes could do with a dab of weld to stop them opening up when one drives into a pothole.  Tim & I have had several occurrences when this has happened & had to change them for fixed eyes.  If one let go it'd be a big crash!
I did mine today and also fitted a scale spring tensioner to each chain to help take the shock out of the chain

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Post  Steve Traill on Mon 04 Mar 2019, 11:10 pm

The spring tensioner is a great idea especially for any road work, these are fast engines (if the road is smooth) and not having the usual (and necessary) slack in the system stops one getting a wobble on at high speed. Of course I say high speed, it's relative really but 20mph with chain steering & solid wheels feels pretty fast!
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Post  craig@STW on Fri 08 Mar 2019, 4:06 pm

this weeks photos...

the showman/roadloco steering kit is all done and yes we have added weld to the chains Cool

the 6inch foden crank shaft, con rod and flywheel kit is now done and awaiting packing for dispatch next Tuesday...

the finished flywheels...

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cross heads...

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and big end bearings...

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we are currently re-visiting a few parts for the Lyka kit 2

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and Ian is busy on the wiring kit. this is his number one priority and is taking longer because it is very different to the old set up...

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the main fuse box...

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with pre drilled holes on the CNC machines...

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also this week... progress on the 6inch foden cylinder blocks...

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the next batch of boilers will include some showman's ones...

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and boiler work continues all the time...

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Roller news, the next kit will focus on the motion covers, with laser cuts due in any time.

Lyka news, Dean has made good progress on the seats with a sub contractor due to start the upholstery any time now.

Showmans last kit news, Dean sends his apologies out to everyone still awaiting this. the ball is fully in his court at the moment but is still rolling. we are still awaiting delivery of magnets.
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Post  Mark the spark on Fri 08 Mar 2019, 5:43 pm

Thanks for update on last showmans kit

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Post  Steam Traction World on Wed 13 Mar 2019, 12:04 pm

Hi Mark,

Hoping for some positive news for you all on the Showmans dynamo today.

I'm due a delivery of magnets between 11.45 and 12.45 today and have my fingers crossed for some good news on the alternators this afternoon.

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Post  Mark the spark on Wed 13 Mar 2019, 12:30 pm

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Post  Steam Traction World on Wed 13 Mar 2019, 4:01 pm

Good news.....

The magnets have arrived and i have 10 alternators (enough to satisfy those customers long overdue and needing them currently) due in with me Monday/Tuesday latest!!!

Light at the end of the tunnel. cheers

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Post  Mark the spark on Wed 13 Mar 2019, 4:12 pm

Fantastic news

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Post  Mark the spark on Wed 13 Mar 2019, 10:18 pm

Does this mean the kits will be out by the end of next week?

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Post  craig@STW on Thu 14 Mar 2019, 3:45 pm

i cant see it being the end of next week Mark, i dont know exactly what we need to do but im sure we have some modification work to do. I would say at least a couple of weeks after we get them.

sorry but a least there is light at the end of the tunnel now.
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Post  craig@STW on Thu 14 Mar 2019, 3:48 pm

Just a quick note on this weeks photos...

I have a couple of days off this week (Thursday and Friday) but i will be in on Saturday Morning. I will take photos then and should get them up later in the evening. There are a few things to show you this week Cool
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Post  craig@STW on Sun 17 Mar 2019, 9:17 am

This weeks photos, a little later than usual but i didn't forget Cool Cool

first off, 6inch foden cylinder blocks. The front and rear faces have been machined, this includes the important saddle and bores.
next week they will be on the 4th axis for all the steam chests etc...

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and to go with the blocks, the stainless steel valve plates. a simple job but horrible material to work with, thankfully mark finished them off for me when i was off for a couple of days  Very Happy  Very Happy

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also on the machines, the BU4 chimney base rings. to be honest i forget who this BU4 kit 3 is actually for  Embarassed but it is 95% done with just
the holes to drill in these and the last op on the door ring to do...

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as Lyka sales continue to increase at a slow but steady rate we are once again revisiting the first few kits to make any parts we are short of.
here we see a new batch of the main steering shaft...

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for current lyka production, the boilers are in constant production. it does take a long time to tube one boiler due to the number of tubes involved.
as usual im sure we will be getting these signed off in large batches. our boilers usually get tested all plumbed together in a long line. I don't have any information on when this will be happening.

the wiring kits are another time consuming kit to complete but again they are being worked on. each loom will be hand made and hand wrapped.

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OK, ROLLER PEOPLE !!. we are working on the motion guard kit. this will also include the lubricator boxes. these should have been in the last kit but as seems to be the norm lately, we had a delay with the castings...

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the plates are in and being worked...

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the lube boxes arrived on friday...

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and the material for the brass beading is in...

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that material also includes the beading for the 2inch tender kit, a very similar kit to the roller kit in terms of work required so they are being worked
on side by side...

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Post  craig@STW on Fri 22 Mar 2019, 4:10 pm

this weeks photos...

Mark is doing final machining on a batch of 2inch boilers...

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the machines are working on the last few parts for the 2inch tender and the roller motion guard kits, mainly beading but also some tow brackets...

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the lubricator boxes are ready for silver soldering...

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we are also working on kit 3a for the latest showmans batch...

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and manualy fabricated parts...

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Lyka wiring looms are just about done...

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100s of copper tubes for lyka boilers...

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and the new showmans generators/dynamos are finally here and awaiting modification.

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this is one of the parts we need to make... the magnet holder...

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Post  Heavyhaul on Mon 25 Mar 2019, 3:28 pm

Good afternoon Craig,
Once again many thanks for keeping us updated with what's going on in the factory, it was very pleasing to hear the news that the Magnets and the Alternators had arrived, and hopefully will finally receive the last kit for my showman's.

Kind regards
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Post  craig@STW on Fri 29 Mar 2019, 4:15 pm

this weeks photos...

after the 2inch boilers last week, mark has been finishing a selection of 4 and 6 inch ones this week...

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the lyka wiring kit should be going out on monday...

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Progress is being made on the new dynamo parts for the showmans...

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and the showmans kit 3a is nearly done...

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2inch tender should be going middle of next week...

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and the governor cap is the last part to be made for the next roller kit...

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the lube tanks are done and just need cleaning up...

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