Just a bit of an update for those who are following the project, in late December the boiler cladding was manufactured and deliveres, and so, the fitting of it commenced over the new year break.
Here are a selection of photos of the parts of the cladding, All of the cladding has now been fitted, and final touched are being fabricated early this month with a view for the cladding to be finished by the end of January.
The first half fitted to 6029, showing the new joint design.
The boiler cladding, having been punched and rolled waiting to be delivered to the Canberra Railway Museum.
The new 'Top Hat' joint design, which allows a rigid joint to be made and prevents it from deforming under weight.
The top hats before being folded on the Pressbrake.
A Cladding sheet being punched out on the CNC turret punch.
A small sample of the new Top Hat joint design.
As far as the cladding goes, there are some modifications required and these will be undertaken over the following weeks, along with the supply of the collars for the washout plugs and some oversized 'washers' to fit around the handrail stanchions and the various boiler fittings that protrude through the cladding.
The fit-out of the cab is continuing steadily, and there are still lots of things to do.
Still a few big ticket items on the shopping list, including : the stoker trough that needs to get manufactured, piston rings, the electrical fit out, and various other items.
A very big thank you to the GOLD sponsors in Goodwin ALCO who are continuing to show their support for the project in any way they can, thanks guys!
There is more info and photos on the Blog.