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82045 The way ahead?

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Kinghambranch, May 24, 2008.

  1. jtx

    jtx Well-Known Member

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    Call me sentimental, (or anything else that comes to mind) but isn't it joyous to see the first parts of a new steam engine arrive? How far we have come in 40-odd years, now to have the faith and the simple belief that we will accomplish this. I am waiting for one DD to finish, then I'll be bolstering your coffers.

    All the best,

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  2. Kinghambranch

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    Joyous indeed. I never saw the 82xxxs in service but, if common business sense prevails and enough people get together, we may see not one but several new 82xxxs in service sometime. Unlikely, well, we'll see! Maybe one's enough for now but for the future?
     
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    Tracklayer Resident of Nat Pres

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    Well, as Brian has already posted, patterns are good quality and could be made available... Not like less expensive single use ones used on other new build projects. Take a look at the wheels on the GW-SVR-A site... Very nice craftsmanship.
     
  4. michaelh

    michaelh Part of the furniture

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    But it's not that much more expensive to cast 30 wheels than 6 - it's the set up costs which really make the difference.
     
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    Joyous indeed John. And thank you in advance.

    Wow! michealh your ambitions are rather grander than ours. Our goal at present is to build just one loco. If, however, other groups want to follow suit and build 82046 etc or 77020 I have faith that every reasonable assistance would be forthcoming from our group.
    We like to feel we've got off to a good start; but we make no bones about the fact it is just a start.
     
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    Boldford,
    Many thanks for the update. Excellent news which has brightened up the day!
     
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    Progress indeed, and it is so good to see the project with a regularly updated website.
    Keeps the project in the public eye.

    Anything planned as yet for Members day**, Brian? Ideal time to get new people onboard. Short presentations on the project....the first cast driving wheel.....? \:D/

    Regards

    46118

    ** SVR Members and Shareholders weekend, 28th-29th March.
     
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    I'm pretty sure the frame plates will be unsheeted for display along with some components. I also think we'll have people present to explain where we are at to-date.

    Although I haven't completed the wheel pattern yet (too many other plates spinning, no pun intended) I am happy to assure supporters that it is within an ace of being ready to place in store/on display pending casting.

    Although completion of the wheel pattern will be a useful mile-stone there are many other components to cast before we really need the wheels.

    At present I am contemplating the pattern for the rear firebox support bracket. It passes underneath the rear portion of the firebox foundation ring to support it and also forms a frame-stretcher. Most others are formed from plate which Tony M is dealing with.
     
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    46118 Part of the furniture

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    Thanks Brian.

    All sounds like good steady progress.

    Regards

    46118
     
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    Has the recent drop in steel prices helped much, or are component prices agreed by tender beforehand?
     
  12. boldford

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    I'm hopeful the steel for the bufferbeams (being delivered today) was invoiced and paid for after the recent price drop. Tony M could explain better.
     
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    Again, excellent news, many thanks for the update!
     
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    Now that there is another investor and David Elliott now helping out with the G5 project. Will the G5 be the next new build loco to enter service. Reading this months SR magazine the G5 could be in steam in about three years.
     
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    I'm sure the G5 project will be boosted by any involvement of David Elliott. Perhaps someone closer to the project can start a thread to provide NP readers with regular updates. May I respectfully ask that we try to keep this thread on topic so far as possible.
    I'll post after this weekend if there is noteworth progress on 82045.
     
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    One thing very good about the 82045 folks is that they regularly update their website with news and photo's which inspires confidence in those of us whom have contributed and will do so in the future. =D> If the G5 project were to post up some photos of the undoubted progress that they are making they might find the required investors. Their website definately needs a makeover. :-k
     
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    I thought the whole point of the G5 was that it followed a rather different business model to the rest though. I thought they were just after 5 or 6 big contributors, rather than constantly scrapping about for normal enthusiasts' cash. So maybe they don't feel the need to put their progress in the public domain too much!
     
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    Back on topic and putting progress firmly in the public domain.

    Those followers of the 82045 story might like to know the Driving/Driven wheel pattern was completed today and will be sent to be stored/displayed at the Engine House until needed for casting.
     

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