On the 9th June 82045's frame plates were loaded at Eardington and departed for The Boro' Foundry at Lye, Stourbridge for drilling.
As the photographs show, we lifted the frame plates individually. This was for a number of reasons. When delivered from Corus the frame plates had been stacked at Eardington with timber spacers between them. Had we attempted to lift both at the same time there was a risk of bending the plates as a result of the slings pulling the plates together between the spacer timbers.
Because of the risk of grounding on the bridge on the way back over the SVR line, the truck driver couldn't extend his telescopic trailer any further. So we used the pallets stacked up in the well to construct cribbing the same height as the trailer bed, this supported the frame plates and avoided any risk of bending.
Meanwhile the site at Bridgnorth is under preparation for concreting prior to return of the frames.
In Briddgnorth Pattern Shop Brian has started work on 82045's driving wheel pattern and has just finished the patterns and core boxes for the bufferbeam gusset brackets.