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Old 02-12-18, 08:30
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I have all my parts back from being heat treated. The original final drive is now reassembled and the new one is also getting done.
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Old 02-12-18, 08:47
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That's it now!! I have two complete final drives. What an epic that was, I think I would sooner make another two more gearboxes than one of these. For me! this part has been the most time consuming, intricate and difficult part of this whole project and it is only one of them. This type of work gives me a whole new perspective and appreciation what lengths some people go to for their project. Miniature steam trains, engines, cars, buildings and god knows what else has been restored around the world with hours upon hours but it's all worth it at the end. This is now the end of the drive train fabrication. I will now lift out the engine for the last time and get it running before it goes back in and the final drives can be installed along with the tracks. That light is now getting quite bright at the end of that tunnel.
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Old 02-12-18, 09:10
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Outstanding Colin!

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Old 02-12-18, 10:24
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Hello Colin.

What a wonderful milestone to have reached!

Do you have an idea as to how much each of those final drives weighs in at? You must be getting close to heat wave season and I suspect that might start influencing your time in the shop. Be nice having a bit more of the grunt work finally behind you.

You will have to record the Meadows starting up again. Be grand to hear the old girl’s heart beating once more after so many years of silence! I shall have a big bowl of crisps and a cold beer ready for the occasion!

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I'm still enjoying this thread.
I still hate you, Colin Jones.

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