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January 2019 Production Photos

Post  craig@STW on Fri 04 Jan 2019, 9:14 pm

Welcome to a new year and a new production photo thread. Just a few Reminders for this new thread. These are photos of parts that are currently in production and do not necessarily reflect the kits that will be despatched. I only update once a week (sometimes less Embarassed ) and have to remember to stop work and take photos throughout the week... sometimes i forget Cool

OK, so we came back to work on Wednesday and its straight into finishing up what was on the machines and getting started on the new kits. as a general plan on the machines, the Showmans cylinder blocks have had a major delay at the foundry and we have been told they will be delivered in February. We plan to do the cylinder accessory kit before this. New Batch Showmans will be getting rear wheels and 6inch Foden Customers should be getting cab and roof kit. We have a lot of wood to get done for this and some wagon wood.

Showmans/road loco rear wheels. I have about six boxes of these...



This one is on the machine, datum set and ready to drill...



2inch Burrell con rod bearings. very small (22mm square x 14.5mm thick) and just waiting for the final crank hole...



here you can see the two bearing halves in the 4th axis jig. all the "slots" are cut in one op to make sure they all line up...



Manhole clamps...



and Lyka boiler barrels being weld prepped on the lathe...



most of the lyka boilers are now welded and awaiting tubes...



from the boiler making section, two six inch foden boilers...



and from the packing area... a kit !!! not sure what kit as i forgot to ask Embarassed and as im typing this at home i wont know till morning Embarassed Embarassed
anyone care to take a guess and i'll post the answers soon Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Post  craig@STW on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 10:43 am

The kit on the bench is BU4 kit 16.
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Post  sonick45 on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 10:46 am

Wagon Wood  bounce cheers bounce cheers bouncecheers  bouncecheers  bouncecheers  bouncecheers  bounce
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Post  craig@STW on Sat 12 Jan 2019, 8:43 am

this weeks photos...

the machine shop is concentrating on the DCC cylinder accessory kit. as the cylinder blocks are delayed the accessory kit will go out minus the slide valves. this is down to the fact that in the past any casting differences in the block have been in the area of the steam chests. if we have to alter these we adjust the slide valve to suit. so as a precaution... no slide valves yet.

front cylinder end cover is on...



and the HP and LP end caps...





pistons are having their piston ring groves cut...





also this week, a load of Bu4 rear wheels spokes...



and thankfully all the DCC rear wheels are drilled...



the manual section are working on the 6inch foden cab...



and loads of these are starting to appear around the factory. Lyka boiler tubes...



this is an interesting set up to help get a neat weld on the lyka boilers. the welding torch is attached to a post on another boiler and the welded boiler is actually on a turntable !!! the boiler turns and the torch stays still, helping to get a nice neat weld...

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Post  craig@STW on Sat 12 Jan 2019, 8:47 am

on the subject of wood... yes the Agi wagon wood is on order, along with the 6inch foden cab wood. these are mostly done by a sub-contractor and i may or may not have work to do on them when they arrive. i will update when i know more.
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Post  Mark the spark on Thu 17 Jan 2019, 3:55 pm

Hi Craig
Are we still getting the last showmans kit by the end of January?
Thanks Mark

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Post  craig@STW Yesterday at 3:54 pm

Mark the spark wrote:Hi Craig
Are we still getting the last showmans kit by the end of January?
Thanks Mark

we are waiting on the large order of magnets
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Post  craig@STW Yesterday at 4:05 pm

photos for this week.

The Agi wagon wood has arrived. some of it comes in finished...



the the rest is machined by us...



ive already started on this...



the main Job in the machines this week has been the BS cylinder block rear cover. this part used to be included in the cylinder casting but was removed to make the machining of the bores easier. we now carve it from a solid lump of cast iron...





on the lathes, some more of the cylinder accessory kit. valve glands...



and valve rods...



and some showman's hub caps...



in manual they are fabricating another 3 sets of lyka chassis kits...





and in boiler making, the rather boring job of weld prepping the plates...

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