First Cylinder Pattern Almost Complete

Tony Dance has finished the turning of the first half of the main cylinder pattern. The 45 degree angle on the right hand side of the pattern with the green face is the plug that will engage with the socket on the second half of the pattern. Each of the 2 patterns also divides horizontally - you can see this split in the middle of the pattern as indicated by the plywood. The circumferential bands are part of the cylinder casting. Tony now has to do the whole thing again with the second half of the main cylinder pattern.

Sir William McAlpine, Bt

We were saddened to hear, on Monday, of the passing of The Hon. Sir William McAlpine Bart., patron of The ‘Clan’ Project.

He had taken an active interest in the project since becoming Patron in 2014, and welcomed us to his estate twice when our team visited Fawley Hill to take part in his Steam and Vintage Weekend events.
During the first of these visits, a nameplate for Clan McAlpine was presented to Sir William by our Commercial Director, Bob Ife. Sir William was truly thrilled to receive it, and said it would take a treasured spot in his collection of railway memorabilia.

We have, of course passed on our deepest condolences to Lady Judy McAlpine at this very sad time.

It is intended that one or more members of The ‘Clan’ Project team will attend Sir Williams’s funeral once the arrangements are known

Bogie wheel update

The bogie wheel centres have now had all 44 feeder heads removed and the been heat treated. The centres still need to be machined.

Meanwhile an inventory is being taken of all the bogie parts currently being held so a list can be drawn up of the components required while the main frames are being assembled.

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