|Museum News 2006|
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January to May 2006
Reliant Paddle Tug, Side-Lever Engine
May to September 2006
Because of costs and other factors, (such as new piston, piston rod, valve, valve mechanism and eccentric strap required) it has been decided, for the time being, not to restore the engine for steaming. Instead it will continue to be turned over using the electric motor and wheel arrangement, which still gives a good visible effect.
|Hoisting the feathering hub onto the fabricated structure, prior to positioning it at the side of the paddle wheel. Each of the paddles, on the paddle wheel, has an arm which is attached to this hub.|
|Piston rod, cross-head and side rod assembly, on the floor ready for hoisting up into place.|
|Hoisting the cross-head assembly into position above the steam cylinder.|
Other work in progress
Restoration work has started on a direct acting boiler feed pump, made by G&J Weir of Glasgow, and two other water pumps of unknown make.
|Restoration of G&J Weir boiler feed pump.|
September to December
New Extension for the Museum
For some time now, planning permision has been granted for an extension to be built at the end of the existing building. Funding has now been made available for the work to start.
|Concreting the foundations for the extension.|
|Steel structure for the extension.|