|Volunteer drilling bolt holes in a new section of plate for 25's ashpan|
Although the blog has been quiet and hasn't been updated since February this doesn't mean the Saturday Gang haven't made any progress, quite the opposite! The editor has had his exams / end of year exams recently so hasn't had time to sit down and update. Hopefully this latest blog post will put that right.
|Saturday Gang discussing further works on 25's ashpan|
|Measuring and squaring off platework|
|Marking out holes to be drilled|
|Grinding off weld excess|
|Cutting slots for the door mechanism to fit|
|Smoothing out the slots with an angle grinder|
|Works on 25's ashpan so far!|
|DS238 - note the lobo staging in front of the loco|
753 P Class
|753 P Class - note needle gunned front frames|
In the works / news at Rolvenden
32670 Bodiam: In service
|32670 Bodiam in the yard|
|32678 Knowle - receiving repairs prior to a return to traffic|
|12 Marcia's boiler - now removed from the frames|
14 Charwelton: Charwelton has been receiving a number of repairs over the past few months, we have assisted in the program of repairs. Tasks such as renewing firebars, rebuilding the brick arch and refitting the firehole door guard have been undertaken.
|14 Charwelton under repair|
|376 Norwegian - running up to Tenterden for the evening Pullman|
23 Holman F Stephens: The Saturday Gang has carried out a number of repairs to n.o 23 over the past month. The sand boxes were heavily corroded so were removed, repaired and refitted. N.o 23 has also had a bit of a bend in the running plate for a while (where it came from we're not quite sure!) so whilst she was out of traffic we took the opportunity to straighten the plate. A new injector valve had been procured and the Saturday Gang assisted in installing the joints and fitting the new injector in place.
|Volunteer curing the bend in the running plate!|
24 Rolvenden: Readers may or may not be aware that for some time n.o 24 Rolvenden has been up for sale. The latest news is that the loco is close to being sold, the deal may be confirmed shortly. Though currently we know little more than you do!
|65 Maunsell & 23 Holman F Stephens in the yard|