Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Onto the heavy stuff now........removal of the connecting and coupling rods....and the eccentric straps





Here we go with the LH Connecting Rod. Disconnect it at the big end cap (left of picture) remove the back half of the bearing with its cap, rig it to prevent it swinging free (remembering that it weighs 480kg) let go the small end from the crosshead, move the loco so that the crank moves away from the rod. Use a pinch bar to move the crosshead forwards and out it comes...!

LH Crankpin exposed after removal of the connecting rod..

LH Big End Bearing halves with the small end bush sitting modestly in the background...

RH Connecting Rod on the Shed floor....

Crank Axle minus both connecting rods but still four eccentric straps to come off..

All four eccentric straps removed.....

Removing the RH Coupling Rods with some mechanical handling assistance...

Dave Green directs operations......

Rear section already off, now comes the front half...

Back into the Shed minus RH coupling rod.....

Job done...LH Coupling Rod removed.....Martin Macleod and Dave Green can relax....!

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