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Austerity gauge glasses

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Breva, Oct 12, 2020.

  1. Breva

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    My friends SSN in Rotterdam restored this original WD Austerity, a 1943 Hudswell Clarke.
    It is now a runner as NS 8811 , but the gauge glasses on it are industrial ones and they don't work right and are difficult to read.
    As their 'correspondent' in the UK I'm being asked if I can find some original Austerity gauge glasses for them.

    Does anyone on the forum have a pair, or know where to look?

    Many thanks for your help.

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    Get in touch with Chanter biomed they supply new gauge frames at reasonable cost.
     
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    I passed on the Heritage Steam Supplies link, and they were delighted. Didn't know we still made that stuff!
    That said, while I think I have answered their request (thanks to 32110 :) ) an original set would probably still be received with open arms, and might be cheaper than making up a set from a catalogue.
     
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    Also worth having a word with Locomotive Maintenance services at Loughborough; they specialise in austerity parts and are making a set of gauge frames for me at present.

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    Thanks, that's a good tip, and I actually know someone there through 76077!
     
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    We only tend to think of loco boilers but there are plenty of industrial boilers out there in such places as hospitals, breweries and a lot more. They all require gauge glasses. As has been said, Chanter Biomed are a major producer. The only problem with them is that they don't have the traditional bent cock handles but others can supply replacements to this style. I think that South Coast Steam can provide copies of BR standard ones,; not sure about LNER and Southern versions.
     
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    As it happens I called in at LMS today; there were three sets of austerity gauge frame castings, fully machined, sitting on a bench. I gather LMS have a CNC milling machine programmed to deal with the raw castings. Their next project is to produce LMSR pattern brake application valves.
     
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    And CE marking?
     
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    If you wish to place an order with LMS I am sure they will give you details of their rigorous certification regime; so far the boiler inspector is fully content with all the work done on our boiler and there is a very fat QA file. Their clientele includes main line certified locomotives and there are usually several boilers on the premises at any one time.
     
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    Thanks to you we are in touch!

    Btw I know LMS a little bit as I am a shareholder of 76077, on which they are working.
     
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    Hi Breva,

    Your frames for 76077 are right next to our boiler, and looking very good.
     
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    Luckily we still have the original boiler (in good condition too) or else we might be tempted to walk away with yours :)
     
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