A Garratt In Miniature

Cylinders first

Unlike my old Hunslet, I wanted to convince myself that the project would work when completed. So, I made an early decision to build the cylinders first. Initially, thought turned to wood patterns and castings, but after reviewing this Big Boy website, I decided that I would fabricate the cylinders from steel with bronze liners. In a similar style to the big boy, steam passages were bored, milled and drilled and then a valve/main cylinder set was silver soldered together as shown below…

Ultimately, when paired with the opposite side and the cylinder end cheeks, it would form the basis of a complete cylinder set for one bogie…

 As the images show above, the cylinder are still in the early days of construction. Work on the liners and end caps are underway. Once complete, the end cheeks will be welded to the bores and the liners and end caps fitted.

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