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are delighted that the Lottery funding
has enabled us to purchase a kit from Phoenix Locomotives. The 'Titan 7'
electric loco comes as a kit of parts and an instruction manual. It is being built by the Junior Engineers, under
supervision from our more experienced builders. |
They will assemble the kit and learn more about the key components that the locomotive comprises; thus gaining skills in mechanical assembly, electrical systems and wiring, and an understanding of locomotive construction. There are also future 'add ons' such as lights, buffers or similar for the Junior Engineers to design and implement.
An album of pictures taken during the loco's construction will appear on our 'Flickr' gallery soon. In the meantime, some updates on the build progress can be found below.
Titan buildConstruction of the Titan 7 commenced in January 2012 and is progressing under the control of our Project Engineer Peter Downes. Peter has developed a project ‘Log Book’ setting out all the steps required to assemble, check, record and progress the build. These books have been issued to all the Junior Engineers and have proven an excellent way of embedding the learning associated with this exciting project.
activity was construction of the two power bogies (the part of the
locomotive housing the wheels, axles and motors). Split into two teams, each responsible for the construction of one, and
the quality checking of the other bogies. The photo on the left shows
David and Matthew hard at work.|
Having completed this stage of the work, the locomotive wiring was fitted to the chassis. This is a complex job, requiring careful thought, accuracy and patience – all of which were ably demonstrated by the Junior Engineers during the month of Sundays (literally!) that it took to complete this stage.
March 2012 we
were able to mount the bogies and chassis, and roll the locomotive
outside to work on. Out on the steaming bays some of our Junior Engineers can be
making some final adjustments to cable ties and cable routes, with a
helping hand from one of our "more experienced" members on the ground.|
The next stage is installation of the batteries, charging and power isolation, before the bodywork panels are installed.
a concerted effort to install the bodywork (well, with a running
chassis it was difficult to temper the excitement of having a loco that
could be run in the yard!) the complete loco was ready for a trial run in early May 2012.|
After a period of sustained heavy rainfall, the sun shone as the loco enjoyed its first 'proper' outing on the track. The Titan 7 is shown here being driven carefelly through a new section of track by one of our Junior Engineers.
Over the coming months we look forward to showing them how to safety operate and maintain locos and trains further as part of their wider training. We will also seek to take more photos of the loco for our website and Flickr galleries.
Thank you once again to Phoenix Locomotives and MTroniks for all their help, support and patience with us during the build process.
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