Drilling holes into the Trevithick Boiler

Nothing much to add today.  I had only an hour in the workshop.  But here is a photo.

 

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The wooden plug is to prevent squashing the boiler shell in the vise.  Note my ambidexterity regarding metric and imperial dimensions.  

And as a matter of interest, a stranger turned up at our working bee in the exhibition cage, with 2 models about which he wanted some advice.   The models are beautifully made, and we hope that the stranger will join our little club.

 

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A Stuart Turner 5A with Stephenson’s link reversing mechanism.

 

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And I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw his 5″ boiler.  It is made to the plans upon which I based my 6″ boiler!

He inherited the models from a relative.  Lucky!