Behind the Scenes

It has been very busy recently.  We have one quote for manufacture of the motion plate and frame stretcher, and await another.  Ricardo is reviewing our relevant acceptance submissions and their response will shape all future ones.  We have started stress analysis on the dragbox.  Unfortunately it has been necessary to redesign it as the original  casting would require a very expensive pattern to be made, and both the underslung steam brake cylinder and the later vacuum brake cylinder would be difficult to justify.  Our design is based on the LMS and later BR arrangement of steam brake cylinder.  Our Volunteer stress man is starting his simulation after various trials and tribulations.  We now know to send our files as .x_t format, whatever that is.

A new page of Occasional Musings has been added to the website, with a flip book giving a brief history of the LNWR Centre Frames.  Let us know what you think of it, if you like it we will add others from time to time.

We have also been dealing with a publisher regarding a forthcoming article and launch.  Mum’s the word for now, we will have more nearer the time.  If you can make it to the LNWR Society’s Kidderminster open day on 27th July you can attend our presentation in the afternoon, and will hear all about it and have your chance to talk with our Trustees and raise any questions you may have.

As well as all the work we make some time for recreation. It’s been the evening of the Golden Valley Light Railway’s annual open house for railway colleagues and families.  This narrow gauge railway is adjacent to the Midland Railway Centre.  It’s been good the meet former colleagues and to see the younger generation enjoy close contact with railway history.  Thank you for a great evening out, GVLR | Golden Valley Light Railway a 2ft narrow gauge railway


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