First of all, the boiler had to be brought inside from where it had lain for some months.
|Tight manoeuvres in the yard...|
|...and a squeeze past obstacles in the doorway|
|Nigel and Mike clearly enjoying their work!|
|Self-adhesive Aluminium tape fills the gaps...|
|... to hold it all together|
|Upper ring holes being drilled-out ready to take the rivets|
|Nigel clearly considering how to drill his left thumb joint!|
So we got it done in a day! I have to admit to going home feeling rather smug and relieved that it was ready to install after really quite a long time in preparation.
|The finished, painted article ready for installation in 7109|
Spending a day in Mendip Steam Restorations' workshop was an experience in itself. This is a place where real heavy-duty work takes place; I was immensely impressed at the scale of the activities and how things progressed quickly compared to the months we have taken on 7109's activities.
Here's a few photos to illustrate.
|Andy Melrose clearly ready to attack the boiler to the right!|
(Note the 100HP Sentinel fireboxes in the background)
|Fitting the boiler front section with its owner close to hand|
|Richard Philips (not posing) whilst doing a 'little' turning|
(he was actually shoeing the pet dog away!)
Large-scale turning in action (also on YouTube)
|Traction-engine boiler currently under construction (1)|
|Traction-engine boiler currently under construction (2)|