With the boiler at Mendip Steam Restorations, the plan is to take the various bits and pieces to the boiler and assemble them prior to transporting the complete sub-assembly back to Midsomer Norton Station to be dropped straight into the loco. This enables a single crane hire to complete the job.
An earlier post showed the cladding sheets in preparation. The lagging also needed to be cut to size with apertures (in the right place) to fit around the boiler fittings. Fortunately, the cladding sheets can double as templates for locating the apertures.
The ticket office platform at Midsomer Norton station seemed an ideal large flat surface for the cutting out. However, the first problem to overcome was that the wagon containing the cladding was on the far track and there was a train in the way.
|Wagon stuck behind 7109 on the far track|
|Midsomer Norton's Circus Tricks|
|Preparing the templates|
Apertures were cut in the lagging using the cladding sheet templates and a Stanley knife (Why are sharp knives always called Stanley?).
|Cutting around a template aperture...|
|... and removing the waste|
|Completed Lagging sheets|
All that was left to do was put it all away again.
|More of Midsomer Norton's Circus Tricks|