The Task in hand!

Work on the overhaul of Austerity No9 started in June 2019. The blog was started in June 2021 so photos and text will be added as the work progressed through that period. Because of the Covid pandemic work was interupted during that time but the intention is to restore Austerity No9 to working condition as an N.C.B locomotive in blue. Work continues.............

3 August 2021

Cab and saddle tank.

 The cab is in good condition, apart from the hatch, where water ingress has caused rust around the sliding opening. This was completely cut out and is being replaced. A new section has been made and will be welded in place. The windows have been removed and cleaned but the glass will need replaced. The saddle tank is still at the inspection stage but will require some work and a good clean out. The cladding was reuntied with the saddle tank awaiting work.


  Saddle tank & cab roof in yard.


Cab roof and saddle tank in yard.

Hatch on cab roof cut out. A new section has been made.

 Marking out the template for the new cab roof. Cut out the opening with the plasma cutter.

New cab roof hatch runners both riveted. Stop runner next.

Riveting set-up showing inner cab roof.

Cab roof with hatch in place. Handle still to be fitted.

Cab roof hatch in place. It slides!

Cladding in yard.

Cladding on trolley taken from area where track to new running Shed is being laid. Re-united with the saddle tank! 

Cleaning cab roof with flap discs to remove old paint and surface rust.

Cleaning up quiet nicely.

The new sliding roof will be inserted here.

A coat of red oxide to start the preservation.

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