Yesterday, Thursday 6th December marked another significant milestone in the progress towards completion – the tender frames arrived in Darlington from builder Ian Howitt Ltd.

  Frames on lorry

using a mobile crane the frames were lifted off the wagon and – very carefully !! – lowered onto the wheels:

 Mobile crane

safely fitted the tender is now in the works:

 Safely fitted

In the coming weeks the pipework on the tender will be completed, the air reservoirs (which can be seen on the left of the photo above) fitted and all made ready for the next major step forward when the tender tank is lifted on.