February 7th 2016, three years later, it is now actually fitted to the loco (bar a few missing nuts).
|In place beneath the boiler|
|The original (other side view)|
|Open for emptying|
|Closed for use|
I made a small change before the fitting in that I replaced the flap hinges with stainless steel ones. The previous mild steel ones struck me as incapable of withstanding the nasty environment.
In another Ashpan article, I showed the ashpan being jacked into place. At the time, 7109 was outside with track and sleeper ballast underneath. It was not an easy working environment.
In Midsomer Norton's shed, the floor is flat and can be traversed under 7109 using a creeper trolley. This enabled me to lie on my back with the ashpan sitting on my chest. I could then lift it into place and hold it there using a spare leg whilst doing up the nuts. Fortunately I was unable to take any photos of the process. Sometimes a selfie is just out of place for a situation!