A Month, A Day and an Hour of 1649

Posted on January 9, 2018. Filed under: Project progress |

Four thirty on Friday the eighth of December and I was ready to go. 1649 was planned as an enjoyable break from layout work, and so it proved.

1649 180109 4691       A basic running loco

The biggest hurdle was not only getting the smokebox, boiler, firebox and panniers to fit together, but making them dimensionally accurate with respect to the cab and footplate. And getting the panniers to sit down nicely on their support brackets.

Two blind lead bolts fasten the cab front to the panniers, and a bolt goes up through the footplate, through the smokebox saddle and the smokebox into the boiler tube. The holes were elongated to allow the necessary adjustment. Daylight under the boiler was achieved without cutting the boiler, thanks to the High Level gearbox.

As I expected the bunker proved to be the most difficult part to make.

1649 180105 4679       Cab sub-assembly

The bunker/cab join is in line with the bunker’s top edge, as with the prototype. A couple of weeks before starting 1649, I studied and photographed 4110 on the West Somerset Railway to see how the GWR went about things. However, as with so many things in life, to make a bunker you first have to make a bunker. At least I know how to do a better job next time, and I will certainly have another go.

From here on, it’s a question of adding detail as and when the mood takes me, hopefully in time for exhibition. And now for something completely different.

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