The mad lass of the North is down South! reporting from Steam Traction World.

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Post  lynnr on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 10:18 am

Hi everyone.

Sorry for not posting daily but I have been having too much fun.

So here is the much anticipated update to my travels and activities.


Monday was spent having a tour round the factory and then with Ian in manual production. No pictures from Monday as Ian was a slave driver, not really Very Happy , I was just enjoying myself too much.




Production "T" card system. Makes sure all the machines and workers are kept busy and a good track is kept on activities.



Job done included. Bending the lugs on the winch drum safety catch for the drive pin and bending the laser cut for the latching handle for the same part. I also cut and cleaned up all the locking and limiting pins for the winch drum assembly. Takes a while to cut and clean 55 little pins 3mm x 30mm approx for one pin and 5mm for the second. This small activity took a couple of hours to complete and that is for just 2 little pins. While I was proceeding with these simple but essential tasks Ian was shaping the springs for the winch drive pin and silver soldering the flanges on the starting steam valve. Once items started coming from the CNC machines Ian also checked these items on the control model to make sure all is good.


Tuesday.

Today was spent with Craig, David and Mark in CNCland. Craig demonstrated how the CNC was programmed and them set the program up for the valve insert for the starting valve.

Getting the drill bit ready to cut the flutes on the start valve.



One part of a spring hanger cut and flanged ready for welding.



Yes the machines also need cleaned out once in a while.


Cutting the hole for the steam supply to the starting valve.


Dean programming the auto-feed lathe for cutting the stock for the steam lifter.


Ian working away in the manual area


4" burrell hub casting getting ready for CNCing.

Each hub takes about 1 hour to machine. There is 40 of them to do.



Once the CNC is finished the hubs need hole tapping. This is faster using a manual machine.




Mark setting the CNC lathe for profiling the steam lifter venturie tube.



Had a look in the packing area while tending my CNC machine.



These are the items I was bending and cutting yesterday.





helen packing bits



Craig needed to replace a worn tool. Just making sure of the tool measurement to keep the CNC machining accurate.


Steam valve inside I have been spending the last 5 hours producing.


lots more to do.


It may be a small part but it does take a long time to produce.

4" Hub into the second CNC to drill the oil pipe hole.




Wednesday

Building a Foden 6" LWB kit 1 was todays task. This kit is HEAVY so be very carefull if you have not started it. First task was to clean the rather industrial mess called the main rails. This took 3 hours or there abouts. I then spent a while at the belt sander smoothing down the end of the conical rivits. I must get one of these bench belt sanders, so so usefull and convenient. Now to start heavy engineering. Well not quite yet. I always spend at least 30 minutes reading and studying the drawings before starting. With each rail upside down I started to install the parts as per the instructions. This progressed well. All holes and fittings were very precise and no fettling being required.

Once parts were being attached onto the rails I now required assistance moving the rails.

parts checked in to my building area.


needed help with lifting these parts


Chassis rail being cleaned with a flap wheel.



New parts on the control model. Hot out of production



Do not worry you will not have to take the chimney saddle off or split the smokebox from the boiler to fit the blast pipe. Insert the part into the chimney then attach the longer part from the Block. No problem.



What does that valve do?

right back to my heavy engineering work.



STW have got me on my knees with this task. Need to have a stand up. So snapped Ian producing the blast pipes.


A very skilled activity as the stick is quite a high melting point and you do not want to cook out the tin from the brass.

The chassis kit 1 now complete.







Thursday

08:00 started working on this post and uploading the pictures. The upload will take about 2 hours.
11;15 about to post these ramblings. Got my job for this afternoon.


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Post  Tony King on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 10:49 am

Wonderful post Lynn, it's great to see what's going on & how stuff is made............ Really stirs up the enthusiasm for what STW (& you) do!!
When do you reckon we'll be fitting the bits you've made?..
I, needless to say, loved the pictures of the showmans control model, however one has to admit that the new 6" foden is going to be one hell of a beasty!
I guess you'll be comming home for a rest after your exciting & productive week!!
Regards,
Tony

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Polishing the work

Post  lynnr on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 3:28 pm

Some of today was spent shaping and polishing a brake handle ready to be sent off for lost wax casting in bronze.





Need to get it nice and smooth for the casting.

popped into the boiler shop today since the welder was not going. Got a few pictures of a 4" Road loco boiler on the jig and weld prepping plates.



Is it a boiler barrel or supergun


All jigged up.







Ian been busy again making the blast tubes.



Plenty more flanges to go.


David happy working away making parts for the spring hangers on the CNC.


All geared up and no place to go.... yet!



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Post  highpressure on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 4:37 pm

Hey Lynn,

Great post very informative, I seem to remeber Craig used to do something like this Laughing Used to stop us from wondering if anything was actually going on In there and wether we would be getting a kit, this week, next week, sometime, never..... Laughing Laughing Only kidding Craig, STW is very fortunate that in these austere times they have so much work and so little time, considering how Steve and Dean were so unsure of the future when they took on such a massive undertaking to buy out MW. Pity all businesses arent in the same position, despite having worked in the aerial industry for 23 years and being in an area that is switching over as we speak my business partner and I are still only doing 4 days a week and some of those days are just 1 or 2 calls. That may sound like its a doss but we get paid by actually working not sitting around waiting and worse than that we own the company and the overheads continue regardless.... so we really feel it Crying or Very sad

Clearly there is quite a bit of progress for a number of kits for the DCC, do you know how it is looking for despatching something soon, and do you get to take away a kit or even two?? The globe valve on the cylinder casting would be for the steam lifter I guess. The trouble is now with the weather improving we are all getting impatient to finally get into steam, but it will be such a good summer once we are there.

Cheers Kev.

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Post  craig@STW on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 5:09 pm

well the idea was for me to take less photos and make more parts, but it seems your not getting either at the moment lol! lol! lol! lol!

a few comments Rolling Eyes

Dave should not be happy, he's not paid to enjoy himself Razz

Ian working hard !!!! i must of missed that Laughing

me "in" the photos affraid no thanks, i think i prefer to be behind the camera pale

maybe we could open this up as some kind of "working holiday experience thing" where you guys come and work for us for a week. I'm sure we won't charge much Razz Razz

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Post  Robfishman on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 8:23 pm

craig@STW wrote:

maybe we could open this up as some kind of "working holiday experience thing" where you guys come and work for us for a week. I'm sure we won't charge much Razz Razz

A week in the factory, I'm up for that book me in....may be it should be a condition of purchase.

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Post  highpressure on Sun 04 Mar 2012, 2:00 pm

Hi Lynn,

Anything to add for the final couple of days down south?? I gather you had a nice day on Friday!! I am certainly envious as I havent had a steam fix for nearly 6 months now due to selling the other engine. Did you get to bring anything home with you?

Cheers Kev.

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Post  lynnr on Sun 04 Mar 2012, 3:53 pm

Hi All and Kev

Sorry was recovering from the trip last night and today.

What happened Thursday and Friday.

Well Thursday afternoon was spent shaping and polishing the brake wheel as shown in the pictures above. Then helping Steve with some housekeeping in the factory in the early evening.

Friday was spent with Paul Garfield learning how to steam and drive a traction engine. Big Big thank you to STW for arranging and a huge thank you to the Garfield family for their hospitality and the lessons. I do not have any pictures as it was not my engine and venue so the camera stayed in the car. An excellent day had learning and relaxing.

Saturday. Long trip home. 11 hours and a crash diversion to boot. It rained most of the way so the eyeballs were very sore by the time I got home.

Note for any Scottish delegation. Take Walkers shortie as Isabel and Steve enjoy it. Not sure about Dean Laughing

Well I think that completes the weeks activities. I most seriously want to and will do it again.

Roll on engine completion as I have a "need for speed" Scratch that... "Need for steam" thats better.


Wonder if the neighbour would notice if I took over her garage as well and install some machines. I very much enjoyed everything I did during my stay but the manual fabrication of parts was the highlight by far except the steaming (not in the alcoholic manner mind you).

Next project. Transport trailer.

Kev. No I did not get a kit to bring home so waiting just the same as everyone else. STW are working flat out to get the kits ready but somethings are just beyond their excellent control.

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Post  Tony King on Sun 04 Mar 2012, 8:08 pm

Hiya Lynn,
Glad you had a remarkable week & thanks for keeping us all updated!! Interesting & informative. Very well done!!
Regards,
Tony

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Post  bjwlancashire on Sun 04 Mar 2012, 11:44 pm

Hi lynn

Great post, did you volunteer for the whole week? I though it was only a two day visit. I suspect you were press ganged, did you get the Kings shilling too or just lots of tea/coffee biscuits etc..?? Wink

Good to see the cyclinder connected to the chimney via the blastpipe and blowwer pipe plus the water lifter parts coming together.

Did you not get anything done on Steve's steam cars?

Maybe you should have done some of Deans 6" Burrell, you would have had the thing on it's wheels by the end of the week given your history of fast progress Razz

Are you coming to England again this year for any of the more northern rallys?

If you can get to the Cumbria rally in July I will get you up on a full size Fowler showmans engine for more lessons. Get to Pickering and I will ask Nigel to let you up on Ex-Mayor.

Cheers

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Post  lynnr on Mon 05 Mar 2012, 7:33 am

Hi Brian

I offered to stay the whole week and the offer was kindly accepted Very Happy

Only thing I helped with on the steam cars was to lift the body off and turn it upside down.

What dates and where would the Cumbria rally be? That is a very nice offer. sunny

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Post  bjwlancashire on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 3:18 pm

lynnr wrote:Hi Brian
What dates and where would the Cumbria rally be? That is a very nice offer. sunny

Cumbria Rally is 28th and 29th July.

There is also a Steam Apprentice day on the Friday 27th which we will be there for too. Hopefully there will be some roading of engines to the event, I need to confirm this with regard to which ones.

Also, there is the oportunity for a Saturday evening road run to the Engineman Pub for miniatures and full size. bring an A frame for your landrover and we could tow it behind for additional passenger capacity. Very Happy

Brian

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Thanks!

Post  Dan on Tue 06 Mar 2012, 11:02 pm

Lynn, This is a great report - thank you!

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Post  lynnr on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 8:28 am

bjwlancashire wrote:
lynnr wrote:Hi Brian
What dates and where would the Cumbria rally be? That is a very nice offer. sunny

Cumbria Rally is 28th and 29th July.

There is also a Steam Apprentice day on the Friday 27th which we will be there for too. Hopefully there will be some roading of engines to the event, I need to confirm this with regard to which ones.

Also, there is the oportunity for a Saturday evening road run to the Engineman Pub for miniatures and full size. bring an A frame for your landrover and we could tow it behind for additional passenger capacity. Very Happy

Brian


Hi Brian

Chuffin Heck!. "$%)(*$% Can not come as committed to retrieving my caravan as sister is using it for the week before. Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

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Post  bjwlancashire on Thu 08 Mar 2012, 12:05 am

lynnr wrote:Hi Brian

Chuffin Heck!. "$%)(*$% Can not come as committed to retrieving my caravan as sister is using it for the week before. Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

Lynn

You will have to get a B&B for this event anyway, no public camping, only exhibitors and crew.

Time to surf B&Bs are us on tinternet! Laughing

Brian

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