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Musings from Bridgnorth Pattern-shop - 2009

Occasional notes from the team beavering away at Bridgnorth's Pattern-Shop.

September 2009


The result of many hours of work at the Bridgnorth Pattern Shop - patterns and numerous core boxes for 82045. These include; centre hornblock, horn guides and the firebox support bracket. The split screen Moggie gives some scale to these substantial pieces of work.


Regular readers may recall we completed the patterns for the S&T signal wire pulley frames in 2007. John Smith of the S&T department has sent a photo of a recently cast, and subsequently machined, pulley wheel frame. Fitted with original pulleys it demonstrates how we try to make new parts as compatible as possible with originals. Meanwhile somewhere in darkest Shrewsbury (Gordon's garage) work continues to complete a pattern set for the pulleys themselves.


And now installed! The new pulley shows the off-set split pin allowing a grease nipple to be fitted to ease future maintenance. A batch of newly cast pulleys (to Gordon Woodruff's pattern) have recently been delivered to Bridgnorth. They will need to be drilled before installation.

firehole doors

A batch of recently cast small GW style firehole doors. These are the same type used on the BR Std 3's although 82045 has a pair already.

BR cariiage hinge

BR cariiage hinge

The hinge patterns and oddside for the Barry Coach at Hampton Loade. The patterns were made by making an RTV mould from original parts having doctored them with sheet wax and plasticine. The RTV being cast into a plywood moulding box. After the RTV had set polyester resin was cast into the RTV moulds, minor blemishes filled and fettled before the oddside was made to carry both hinge parts.

Paul Vidler has made an excellent job in cataloguing all the Loco patterns. The complete list is online on the pattern making page of the new SVR-Engineering site.

SVR patternmaker Brian Oldford has now set up his own company and invites enquiries from interested parties. Brian has many years of experience of making a comprehensive range of patterns for groups on and around the Railway. Two fine examples of his work are the roof crestings for Kidderminster Town Station and the driving wheel pattern for new build Riddles tank 82045 - this is on temporary display at The Engine House pending casting. He has also produced a number of top-quality patterns for The 82045 Locomotive Fund, including the firebox support bracket frame stretcher, buffer beam gussets, horn guides and complex horn block.

Brian offers a highly skilled service at a realistic cost. Ask him to quote you for your patterns! brian.oldford@yahoo.co.uk



Gas Lamps

Here's the scroll that is attached to the rear of the half-harp on the new gas lamps at Brigdnorth Station. This pattern for the cast representation of wrought iron was made by fret sawing from a piece of Sikablock sourced from our friends at John Burn, Stetchford.

Gas Lamps

The completed pattern for the adaptor between the half harps and the top of the lamp posts. The method used to produce the floral detail has been featured earlier. This was subsequently attached to the lower portion of the pattern and core print turned from Jelutong. Being a one piece pattern it was necessary to create an odd-side shown underneath the pattern. The hollow underside was produced with a parallel cylindrical corebox.

Gas Lamps

Three adaptors cast from the pattern above following machining and painting.

Gas Lamps

A collection of half harps awaiting final paint.

Gas Lamps

Gas Lamps

Gas Lamps

These three photos show the attachment detail betwixt the half harps and the lanterns supplied by the good people at Steelway along at various stages of assembly.

Gas Lamps

The completed lamps mounted on the post...

Gas Lamps

...and now doing the job they're intended for!

May 2009

The SVR recently took delivery of the 2857 patterns which until recently had been managed by the group independently. The 2857 group had decided to donate them as it was felt their use would be better managed via formal SVR channels. Whilst this centralises things from prospective customers' view points, the down-side is our pattern storage problems are exacerbated! Paul Vidler will merge them into the SVR's Pattern Catalogue in due course. The patterns include:

  • Piston Valve liner castings – for 28/38XX, 41/51/61XX, 42/52/72XX and 53/73XX locos only.
  • 30" dia loco Vacuum Brake Cylinder casting – believed to be suitable for all GW vacuum braked engines.
  • Blower/Ejector Ring casting – for 28/38XX, 42/52/72XX, 53/73XX, Hall, Modified Hall, Grange, Star, Saint, single chimney Castle and single chimney King.

Over the last few months Paul has been auditing the patterns and reviewing the catalogue for errors and omissions. In those few instances where pattern parts have been lost or damaged we are carrying out the necessary repairs/replacements in between other mainstream jobs.

Meanwhile Neil Parker has started work on the pattern for a GW 8X Injector body. (Photo to follow as progress appears). Completion of this, plus the 10mm Monitor body Geoff Midgely is finalising will mean we will have the body patterns for all injector variants used on the SVR with the exception of the unique 11mm Monitors fitted to 34027. We also have patterns for all the 8X and 10x internals plus most external fittings.

The intention is to gradually build the collection of taps etc. for all the various diameter threads these injectors use thus allowing us to become self-sufficient in the injector department.

Work also continues apace on S&T parts and the 3 glass GW lubricator body at the SVR pattern shop's Shrewsbury annex. (Also known as Gordon's garage).


gas lamp

Visitors to Bridgnorth may have noticed the erection of new cast iron lighting columns on platform 1. Although the half-harps and lantern/luminaires are all to hand progress on this stalled because of the shortage of adaptors to fit between the top of the column and the base of the half-harps.

Although not of GW origin a design has, at last, been developed that includes sufficient original features to satisfy all but the most ardent purist. The decorative feature of these adaptors has been replicated in the pattern by moulding in RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanising) Silicon from the corresponding feature on one of the footbridge lamps and then subsequently making a polyester resin casting into the mould produced. It is now down to yours truly to complete the pattern set before passing it to Chris Thomas to arrange further stages of the project.

Users of the bridge will be pleased to know the lamp has now been returned to its rightful place.


No, not a new fireplace for the booking office! The construction for the substantial center hornblock pattern for 82045 continues.


April 2009

Another busy month in the Pattern Shop.


Many hours have been invested to bring the horn guide pattern for 82045 through to completion. The picture above shows the two horn guides and associated core boxes.


This picture shows the way the various loose pieces fit onto one of the axlebox guide patterns. To permit release from the moulding sand each of these is constructed with a number of loose-pieces and cores.

It may be of interest to note that the design of these axlebox guides is derived from those fitted to 43106. The adaptation between the LMS oil lubrication and BR grease lubrication is so slight that castings made from these patterns could be used on the Ivatt Class 4 and the closely related BR Standards Class 3's (82xxx & 77xxx) and Class 4's (80xxx, 75xxx and 76xxx) if machined appropriately.




A recent delivery of smokebox number plate, oil boxes, steam heat adaptors and retaining valves.


This picture shows the very beginnings of the massive center hornblock pattern for 82045. Yet another big 'un in our small shop!

March 2009

The first update from Bridgnorth pattern shop for 2009 but we've not been idle!


The driving wheel pattern for 82045 is finally complete and now on its way to the Engine House at Highley where it will go on public display.

Sightfeed Lubricator


Our tame homeworker (well; tame most of the time!) has been busying himself with the Triple Sight Lubricator for GW engines (above). Many larger/later engines were of course fitted with a 5 glass arrangement. It appears Swindon had no consideration for the pattern makers when designing many components. The body alone need to be a three piece pattern with additional loose pieces to allow extraction from the molding sand. Meanwhile Gordon ponders the coring arrangements to ensure they will accurately reproduce the internal baffles and be firmly retained within the mould.


No prizes for guessing what locomotive this is for! The change of smokebox style necessitates a replacement number plate. This will be moulded on the odd-side to cater for the smokebox curvature and hollowing on the back of the plate.

GWR Vacuum retaining valve

A pattern and corebox set made many years ago to produce a GW style retaining valve. The majority of castings are produced in two piece flask consisting of a Cope and Drag. Adding a little complication this pattern is moulded in a three piece flask to deal with the undercut between the cylinder and foot.







This is the pattern and core boxes for the Firebox Support Bracket for 82045. This also forms a substantial stretcher and hence is needed fairly early in the locomotive's construction. I elected to run the 'split-line' of the pattern vertically to reduce the number of coreboxes needed and the number of cores needed to be made by the moulder at the foundry. This will be cast in the same grade of steel to that of the buffer beam brackets and horn ties.

Piston head

Those aware of the recent unfortunate events at the MHR gala might like to see the pattern and corebox to create a hollow BR style piston. The core is supported in the mould by six core prints at the front and six core prints at the back of the piston. The holes through the front and back of the piston align and are subsequently threaded and fitted with steel plugs. With an iron piston the plug is peened over to secure it in situ.
Unless the plug is very secure it can come out in service and jam between the piston and cylinder cover with catastrophic results.


Here is the embryo patterns for the fore and hind horn pieces for the driven axles of 82045. These will carry the manganese steel liners in which the axleboxes slide up and down. The corresponding part yet to be made for the centre axle is made as a massive inverted 'U' shaped steel casting.

Recently we have also completed the minor coreboxes for one of the GW combined ejector blower rings and a small external job which will lead to Henwick Signal Box once again being adorned with a GW style nameplate.

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