News round-up (3), 2016

New build including the Unknown Warrior watch for a 3mm Patriot kit in the near future

New Build Steam

45551 The Unknown Warrior

The above video gives an engaging walk-through – at times literally – of the Patriot and developments on it following its return to Llangollen in March and going up to early June. This in-depth engineering update covers some of the same material, and brings some items further up todate. Brief highlights only will be summarised here.

Components across the locomotive are in the full range of stages, from design to completion. The cylinder liners have now been machined, after previously reported casting difficulties, and are shown here ready to be shrunk into the cylinders. The front buffer beam has been removed to facilitate this. Design work, meanwhile, is still continuing on the lubrication pipe runs and inside valve gear – in the latter case, a full set of drawings is not held by the project and research continues on the exact position of the trailing…

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