11th May 2010
Michael Davison’s 1889 Marshall traction engine ‘Mary Margaret’ recently suffered a broken spigot on the casting which restricts the movement of the forecarriage – basically it is to protect the boiler barrel from the front wheels swinging around too far when on extreme steering locks.
One evening last week the engine was prepared for a lift – by draining the boiler and leaving the tender tank full it was hoped that this would act as a useful counterweight for our JCB Loadall forklift to handle.
Below: Mark Sutherland and Mike Holden removing the steering chains.
Below: Ready to lift…
Below: Up she goes! The forecarriage was removed and the front end then lowered onto blocks.
Below: Supported by blocks following removal of the casting at the base of the smokebox.
Below: The errant casting, fixed almost overnight by George Hudson and due to be refitted later today… A steam engine pit stop!