Number 19 has had her tank attached to the boiler. The filler still required a bit of rubbing down before painting when these photos were taken early this morning.
At the other end, a coupler has been attached under the fuel bunker and a step pilot assembled from scrap. Photographed here on a flat car before being fixed to the rear of number 19.
The U shaped girder is cut from the chassis of the die cast toy which donated the tank for this project and the cab for Pacific number 9. Nothing goes to waste on the FCPyF!
After lunch I did a bit more work on the loco before seeing how it could handle a train on the layout. The test run was made southbound, which is mainly uphill, with a string of mixed wagons as the load.
It still needs the cab glazing to be replaced, then the crew and some small details such as the bell and whistle to be added, before weathering in the usual dust and rust finish carried by most of the FCPyF’s steam locos.