No. 3840’s frames go for machining

THE main frame plates for County of Montgomery have been sent to Goodman Metals of Netherfield, Nottingham to have the 200 various holes drilled, and the axlebox cut-outs machined.

The company is no stranger to working on steam locomotives, having recently manufactured the smokebox saddle and smokebox for the Great Western Society’s Hawksworth ‘County’ 4-6-0 No. 1014 County of Glamorgan.

Meanwhile TATA Steel has completed the cutting of the various frame plates that make up the frame cross members/stretchers, front bufferbeam, rear wear plate and bogie racking plate. These are expected to be delivered to Tyseley Locomotive Works in the coming weeks where they will be joined by the main frames after delivery from Nottingham.

Funding for the work has been provided by our ‘100 Hundreds Appeal’, which remains open as we need to finance the manufacture of the angles, which will allow the myriad frame plates to be assembled to become the 41st ‘County’ 4-4-0.