After the arrival of a number of outstanding parts prior to the weekend Lukas Nel and his team exceeded their expectations over the last couple of days with the fitment of a large number of items:
The cylinder cladding was fitted along with the snifter valves, the left and right side injector piping, the lubricator and piping, the whistle valve, safety valves and the tender handbrake. We will now be able to complete the hydraulic test to identify any leaks prior to a steam test next week. Not long to go now!
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The locomotive is now attached to the tender and apart from a few minor boiler mounts and regulator parts is almost at the end of an impressive restoration by Lukas Nel and his team. What a beauty!
As per our last report we needed to mate the NG10 with its tender which were on different lines in the Bloemfontein Workshop. Lukas and his team built a temporary traverser to move the locomotive across the workshop and re unite it with its tender. Now work continues to the finish. There are still a large number of small parts due back from suppliers in the next few weeks to bring the restoration to its conclusion.
Our pictures show the temporary traverser and the locomotive complete with its tender.
The tender is now close to completion and will be moved behind the locomotive to finish the intermediate pipe work. A completely new blast pipe, blower nozzle and vacuum exhaust nozzle has been manufactured and fitted into the smokebox so not long to go! The number plates and Baldwin works plates will be completed soon and we will feature those when they arrive.