Off site Harco Engineering Ltd made great progress with machining the new Hornblock casting and it is due back at Aviemore around April 11th.
Dr HJC (Campbell) Cornwell, former SRC Chairman and former Chairman of the SLPTF (owners of CR 828) and the leading authority on CR locos from the 1880s until the Grouping in 1923 kindly provided copies of the drawings for the eccentrics and straps. This will be very useful when Nathan machines the components and Alan French relines the straps with white metal.
|On the table at Harco Engineering - the new LH Driving Hornblock receives the attention of the CNC milling machine|
|A close shave....|
|Beautiful finish......it will be a shame to get it dirty...!|
|Back half of the LH Big End bearing....one patch was very reluctant to come into contact...and the horridly sharp triangular scraper is hoping for another chance...!|
|The LH Big End bearing in the "secret" 828 cupboard in Aviemore Shed|
|A place of greater safety....original and new safety valves stand alongside each other dreaming of high pressure steam...|
|The old girl in the 1990s in her light blue Caley livery. Charging out of Kinchurdy Cutting in the days of ash ballast and wooden sleepers...long since upgraded to stone ballast and concrete sleepers.|
|The scene we want to see again soon.....CR 828 rolls into Boat of Garten (strangely deserted) on a June day in 2010.|