Saturday, 8 June 2019

Ashington No.5 work, die block removal

More brass bushes been extracted from the rods

Carl cleaning the oil reservoir on one of the axleboxes

Michael making a start removing one of the die blocks from inside the expansion link

Both successfully removed

The die blocks sit inside the expansion links and are connected to the valve spindle. When the link is raised or lowered (putting the loco in forward or reverse) the movement of the eccentric is transferred to the valve. This is achieved by bringing either the fore gear eccentric rod or back gear eccentric rod (again, either forward or reverse) into line with the spindle rod

Photo showing the oil ways on the side of the die blocks. Both of Ashington No.5s die blocks will be getting replaced

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