Deutz problems….

A wide variety of projects progressing at the moment at Apedale. To describe two….at rather opposite ends of the spectrum. The first is a fun project by a couple of the younger members to produce a “rail chair” – the risk assessment may be entertaining, and they can’t wait for the invite to the Ffestiniog Railway for Quirks & Curiosities3. The concern is that the petrol supply may expire somewhere near Rhiw Goch. At the opposite extreme – in scale and fun – is a problem found with the Deutz. It was failed at Tracks to the Trenches with a reported loose flywheel. Investigation showed what appeared to be a crack in the gear which is concentric to the flywheel and provides the drive from the crankshaft to the gearbox. The flywheel was removed – probably for the first time since the loco was built, and unfortunately the bad news is that the crack is in the flywheel itself, not the gear. The flywheel is aligned on the crankshaft on a taper of some sort, and is driven via a key. Clearly, some serious thought will be needed to devise a repair plan for this. First port of call is to ring the Deutz spares department in Cologne on Monday. I’m sure they’ll have one on the shelf.