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Enniskillen turns a wheel. Bogie is more or less done too. Have just put it all together after making this vid, and jury rigged wires direct to the motor to run her down the harbour branch. Didn’t have enough hands to film that! 

 

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It’s been quiet on the Galteemore workbench of late. Well actually it hasn’t. There have been screams of anguished rage as chunks of metal fail to cooperate. A machine tool from Germany, inbound this

Leslie - not up to your standard of production but here’s an H van underway. It’s not got measles - every pink dot is an individually cut out and stuck on bolt head...

A job I was dreading was the main tanks for Enniskillen. I had the misfortune to come across a well lit photo of the original loco which shows exactly how many rivet lines there are - so had no excuse

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Thanks Eoin- not sure what’s happened there as I can see it when I click, have changed the clip above  just in case it had a glitch 

 

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Very slow progress on ‘Enniskillen’. Compounded by a lack of time and lots of mistakes. But a buffer beam is done, ready to solder up. The safety chain eyelets are Slaters wagon bearings. Much of the learning has revolved around the mighty GW Rivet Press. A capable tool in the right hands - but am sure even I can make something of it. I’m slowly learning its modus operandi ! And literally counting rivets.....the buffers are really meant for a Fowler 4F btw but they seem to pass muster.spacer.pngspacer.pngspacer.pngspacer.png

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Two steps forward. And three back. And that’s just the settings on the rivet  machine. Have spent hours embossing rivets on tank sides only to find they are too widely spaced .....you can see the difference between versions below. The better version has more closely packed rivets. Not to worry though - it’s been a huge learning experience and I also now have lots of spare riveted panels to practice weathering on.....

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The mark two version is certainly on the money. Had similar issues when I did Sir Henry - the inner faces of the side tanks are fully (if not prettily) riveted as I made a mess of the first effort.

 Great work!

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Brief lacuna in work, due to relocation of workshops! Mrs Galteemore is a lady of great wisdom and sagacity, and sees the importance of arts and crafts in human life. However, my activity was rather taking over the shared craft room. So she suggested that I move from the craft room and, as it’s so difficult to host guests right now I may as well repurpose the entire guest room for modelling! We have now moved the kit,  so hopefully work will recommence very soon (on a Leitrim understanding of ‘soon’.....). It’s a cracking space to use so I have no excuses now ! 

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A job I was dreading was the main tanks for Enniskillen. I had the misfortune to come across a well lit photo of the original loco which shows exactly how many rivet lines there are - so had no excuse for skimping a few.

These are big bits of metal (relatively speaking) and need to be dead straight - otherwise the rivet machine will produce angled rows ...after many attempts we have a result. I am now more proficient in using an engineer’s square!

The rivet press requires one to solder a spacing piece in on occasions to ensure that rivets right to the edge can be embossed - a handy review in MRJ alerted me to how to do it! Couldn’t resist trying out a nameplate ....and trying my own black and white pic...the green stuff is Sharpie marker which helps in showing just where you’ve scribed a line.

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Many thanks JB but the plates are an Alphagraphix etch - the first and for a long time the only item I’d actually acquired for the project! Actually having a tank side to stick it on feels like a landmark though. 

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Every now and then I think I’m taking this project too seriously. Tonight is one example... I really need to stop looking at photos!! A number of depictions of ‘Enniskillen’ show that she had a front buffer beam very obviously made of wood - with very obvious scars. Once seen I couldn’t unsee it. So how to replicate ? Weeks of thought later....

take an old boxwood ruler, Dremel it down to 3mm and glue a nickel silver plate on the back. Mark that out and then drill 21 holes of various sizes. Insert various .5 and 1mm brass rivets, washers and top hat bearings to replicate the iron work. Soldering these in also helps fix the wood and metal together.  Attack the wood with a piercing saw and gouge in a few crevices as per the original. Job done...it’s not perfect but gives an impression....and should pass the 2’ rule. Thanks to @Irishswisserniefor 1957 pic.

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On ‎25‎/‎07‎/‎2020 at 11:39 PM, Galteemore said:

Oh dear. Sorry everyone ! Here’s a still anyway ....she’s doing about 70mph here !

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Yup - I SAW that! I saw 'er going through Kilmakerril Halt at 80 mph at leasht.... sure I was on me way home from the pub.............

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Love the buffer beam! Probably shouldn't mention this but ice lolly sticks a possible alternative, albeit nowhere near as seasoned or close grained.

 This project is clearly showing the value of challenging yourself and has moved your work up to a new level. Not that there was anything wrong before, I might add!

 Also shows the value of breaking complex shapes down into simple ones - very much a reminder to self as I pour over that photo of Wolf Dog...

 Inspiring posts - keep them coming.

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Thanks everyone- I appreciate the encouraging comments. What I’ll probably do near the end, Angus, is use a small piece or two of right angle brass to solder the ns backing plate to the footplate or frames not sure which as yet.....I may go for the footplate idea as it will provide some lateral stiffening when I’m doing all the smokebox stuff...this image shows just how much hacking about I’m doing as I learn! I’d made the front splasher aperture too big so have had to close it off a bit. This should look ok up top when the splashers are in and some filler applied.
 

This rear view also shows how the bolt heads and safety chain eyes are soldered in and then filed down.

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Continues to amaze me that the body of Richard Chown's Shannon is held together with just a single 12ba bolt in the cab floor! The end of the boiler is a push fit into the back of the smokebox and that's it. Not a light engine either.

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