Recent Work on New-Build steam locomotive 72010 “Hengist”

Frame Undergoing Construction // Credit CTL Seal
Frame Undergoing Construction // Credit CTL Seal

CTL Seal Ltd have been busy constructing the frame for the new British Railways Standard Class 6 engine for The ‘Clan’ Project.

Frame

Following the completion of machining, the smokebox saddle has been reunited with the front end of the frame, with temporary bolts holding the casting in position.

Once the issue with the left-hand side rear keep has been resolved, the whole frame will then be moved into the Machine Shop at CTL Seal.

The spring links for the bogie and coupled wheels have been forged, machined and shipped to the group, another item needed to be ticked off the list.

Trial Fitting Motion Bracket // Credit CTL Seal
Trial Fitting Motion Bracket // Credit CTL Seal

Motion and Smokebox

Among the many parts trialled fitted has been the motion brackets. They are key in ensuring the valve gearing runs inline correctly, so they need to fit perfectly.

With more work to be carried on the frame, the motion brackets will be put back into the store after the trials.

A new coat of paint has been applied to the smokebox and it’s the door to improve its appearance and protect it against the elements.

Smokebox being Painted // Credit The 'Clan' Project

For more information or to support The ‘Clan’ Project, please visit their website here.

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Jamie Duggan avatar
Since I was a child, I have been a big fan of steam locomotives. This enthusiasm has been become greater in recent years, leading to me becoming involved in a society restoring a standard gauge locomotive. Joining the RailAdvent team in 2017, I help Michael produce articles.