Puffing Billy's heritage locomotives and carriages are restored and maintained in our workshops.
On this blog, you can keep up with the latest works taking place at both the Emerald Carriage Workshop and the Belgrave Locomotive Workshop. We’ll also keep you abreast of some of the exciting projects our engineering team is working on.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
NG/G16 Engine Unit Frame Progress
In the workshops of our engineering contractors Jack Thompson Engineeringin Hastings, the frames for the first engine unit have undergone a trial assembly (above), and are now in the process of being assembled with fitted bolts, machined to be a tight (drive) fit in each hole.
In the photo below, the 3" thick Gauge Widening Blocks can be seen, either side of the horizontal stretcher and the Cylinder Stretcher. These blocks add a total of 6" to the frame spacing, allowing us to move the wheels out from the South African Railways 2' (610mm) gauge to Puffing Billy Railways 2' 6" (762mm) gauge.