THE project to build a new LNER B17 4-6-0 No. 61673 Spirit of Sandringham is continuing to make steady progress, both at the project’s Llangollen Railway base and elsewhere – and now sponsors are being sought to take it to the rolling chassis stage.
The steel castings for the frame stays are being manufactured by William Cook Cast Products Ltd of Sheffield.
Meanwhile, fabrication work is being produced at North View Engineering Solutions of Darlington for the frame stay brake (modified for air brakes) and the four sets of buffer beam gussets.
The frame stays consist of five types of steel castings and two types of fabrications. All five sets of castings have now been cast, fettled and stress relieved with full machining to follow.
Subject to satisfactory product acceptance, delivery to Llangollen for fitting will then be arranged.
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