First buffer beam ‘skirts’ fitted

On Sunday 19th August, the first sections of the new buffer beam 'skirts' were welded into place on the no.1 end of D6948 by Mark Stanley and Phil Seymour. This is a difficult and precision task involving the fitting of three sections at each end of the loco. This followed the essential movement of a number of buffer beam pipe fittings (see previous post) which were necessary to fit the skirts, and the installation of the new steam heat pipe connections (click on the title for more pictures).  

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