OK, so I'm the world's worst finisher of projects! I've more or less abandoned the project to build a Sweet Pea from scratch, the main reason being the size and weight. I'm currently looking after another Sweet Pea, and finding the transport to be a major headache, to say nothing of a backache.
When Henry, our club president, turned up with a really nice little saddle tank loco that he'd designed and built, which weighed in at only 60-odd pounds, I was very tempted but resisted for a couple of weeks. Then we pursuaded Henry that he ought to publish the design and I rashly volunteered to type up the write-up and redo the drawing with CAD. The next thing Henry kept asking when was I going to start building the second edition? When he presented me with two slabs of mild steel for the frames, how could I refuse?
I spent a while taking photos, mostly close-ups, mostly blurred, of Emma Victoria, which is Henry's engine. I've selected three of the better shots to give you an idea of what I'm aiming at:
|Side view of the loco. Emma and Victoria are Henry's grand-daughters.|
|Three-quarter view of the loco.|
|View inside the cab|
The write-up is coming along slowly, and the drawings likewise. To add to the material I decided to take as many photos of the construction that I could. In order to let folks see what's going on, I've now decided to put the photos and my personal notes on the web. This can then act as a supplement to the write-up, when it eventually gets published.
In the list below, the dates are the starting date for each item.
|17th August, 2006||Side Frames|
|21st August, 2006||Frame Stays|
|26th August, 2006||Buffer Beam Brackets|
|26th August, 2006||Horn Plates|
|28th August, 2006||Foul-up #1|
|2nd September, 2006||Rivetting the Horn Plates|
|11th September, 2006||Buffer Beams|
|7th October, 2006||Buffers|
|16th August, 2007||Wheels|
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