The picture below shows the frames, the shot blasting has been completed and a coat of red oxide primer has been applied.
This is where the new cylinder block will attach to the frame, the mating surface has been left clear of paint and has had a coat of grease applied for protection.
In preparation for the arrival of the cylinders, the driving axle boxes have been placed in position, together with a disc to represent the axle. This is to accurately mark the axle centre, which will be needed in the setting up and fitting of the cylinders and motion.
The remainder of the work has centred on preparing all of the brackets, buffer beam, steps running plate, cross members etc. which will be needed when the front end of the frame is assembled. This is expected to take place around the end of January.