Flying Scotsman Issues 12-14 – Making a Start on the Tender

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Building the Hachette Flying Scotsman

These three issues make a start on the tender, and the parts consist of the main chassis, three chassis spacers, a couple of tank supports and a set of axle bushes.

Surprisingly, the bushes were a very loose fit in the holes in the chassis so some care was required to ensure they were a square fit.

The eight bushes are actually two sets of four, with each set having a slightly different diameter hole. The bushes with the larger holes are intended for the centre axles, and I guess that is to improve the running of the tender, both in terms of contact with the rails (if you were using the tender wheels for pickups) and to avoid the tender rocking about as it runs over track which is naturally going to be slightly uneven.

Anyway, here is the tender chassis as it now stands.

The front of the tender to the left, the hole at the centre front is for the drawbar that attaches it to the engine.
The front of the tender to the left, the hole at the centre front is for the drawbar that attaches it to the engine.
I've got a bit of cleaning up to do with the soldering.
I’ve got a bit of cleaning up to do with the soldering.
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