Rods complete for Owsden Hall – crossheads are next job

THE Swindon & Cricklade Railway’s ongoing restoration of Hawksworth ‘Modified Hall’ No. 6984 Owsden Hall has received a boost with the completion of the connecting and coupling rods overhaul at the West Somerset Railway (WSR).

Cab fittings are steadily being fitted to the Hawksworth 4-6-0, including the new vacuum brake control valve and cab windows. BOTH: CHRIS DENTON

The rods, complete with new bearings, await delivery to Hayes Knoll, after which the WSR will tackle No. 6984’s crossheads.

The locomotive’s pistons are also now complete and are ready to go back in once the rods are fitted, and painting on the bottom end of loco has had the first coat of gloss applied.

CJS Engineering is working on the brass beading for the driving wheel splashers, and project leader Chris Denton has almost completed the overhaul of the boiler backplate fittings.

Piping for the vacuum brake controls has been installed in the cab, and once the classing is complete at the firebox end the fittings can go back on.

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