Our Treasurer Paul Hibberd and Engineer Terry McMenamin visited the KWVR at Ingrow to borrow lamp socket patterns. Pete Skellon and Steve Allsop were very helpful, and allowed full access to the Coal Tank. Although No 1054 is a Webb engine, it was useful to see and photograph various standard LNWR items.
This week the lamp socket pattern will be off to the foundry to make the sockets for the buffer beam. The pattern for the smokebox one needs some alteration, respecting the Coal Tank requirement which has a different offset to the George.
The order this week will be for six castings, three for the front buffer beam and three for the rear of the tender.
On a different topic, our chimney assembly (including cutting the capuchin) should be completed shortly, and after painting should be ready for display.