Olwen rebuild update
Work on the frames is progressing at a pace finally. All old paint and filth being removed back to bare metal and degreased then as weather permits is receiving a coat of red oxide. Parts of the motion and the connecting rods being removed, cleaned and a coat of red oxide applied. Motion bearings are being cleaned and examined and measured to see if any machining is required.
A few places on the running board have been identified as being rotted and need cutting out and replacing. A couple of regular volunteers are slowly working through the pile of Olwen parts that have been gathered up, and are being cleaned, wire brushed and given a coat of red oxide. No more work will be undertaken on the boiler until the rest of the Loco is almost ready for re assembly. If we complete the boiler and have it tested then the 10 yearly ticket will gradually tick away without getting any use out of it. Donations of Red Oxide and Paint brushes always required.
Tony Smith has taken over as Co-ordinator of this project. Anyone wishing to assist getting Olwen back into steam, please contact Tony or Steven.
Steven Caws MPD/Director