The Tender that was bought with the Locomotive was found to require many alterations to make it suitable for use on the R&ER. It was decided it would be easier to keep this tender intact and build one that would meet current R&ER track and engineering requirements and be more suitable for drivers also.
Thus, below is a list of parts that are required to build the new tender. Some will be less visible but are no less important to the project.
Wheel Sets -
The standard Ratty wheel set as seen under all the carriage fleet, tenders of all the engines and used under Northern Rock as front and rear truck. Not often seen day to day, they are nevertheless vitally important to the tender.
4 are required at £750 each.
Axle Boxes/Bearings -
As seen here on River Mite's tender the bearing is part of what holds the wheel sets in the bogie.
Each wheel set needs 2 bearings, so 8 are required at a cost of £50 each.
Hand Brake -
Seen here on the original Krauss tender, by modern regulations the locomotive needs a handbrake to stop it rolling away, this is easier to fit to the tender as there is more space to fit the brake rigging.
All of the rigging and mechanism will cost £500.
Air cylinder -
A relatively standard part needed for the Air reservoir for the air braking system, seen here fitted to River Mite, both Northern Rock and River Irt also have visible tanks. £250.
Brake Blocks -
All locomotives require brakes, here you can see Lady Wakefield's brake blocks and River Mite's new brake blocks. The Train From Spain - to be named Whillan Beck - already has brakes on the engine the tender will require some too. 6 brake blocks are required, 4 for air braking and 2 for the hand brake. £20 each.
Rear Buffers -
Looking at the front of River Mite here you see the buffers and coupling hook, on the back of the tender are 2 buffers as well. This will be replicated on the Train From Spain (Whillan Beck) to be in keeping with her new "Duchess style" scale outline. For the tender 2 buffers are required costing £250.
Rear Coupling -
Along with the buffers is required a Ratty style coupling box, be it River Irt/Carriage style or, as shown, with River Mite and River Esk style coupling block. This will cost £250.
Draw Bar -
Shovelling Plate -
If you get a cab ride on any engine at the Ratty you'll see the driver shovelling the coal in at some point. To save the metal separating the tender water space, a thick steel plate, called the shovelling plate, is put in to take the brunt of the damage exerted when thrusting the shovel into the coal. Though little seen, it saves a lot of money in replacement coal spaces!
This item has kindly been sponsored.
Tender Water Tank -
All the Ratty tenders are designed to carry both coal and water; the external part is the tender water tank, and sealing the tank on top is the coal space. The steel, welding and finishing of the water tank will cost £500.
Water Filler Lid -
As important as the shovelling plate, the water filler lid and pipe is vital for not only getting water into the tender but keeping detritus out, such as leaves and coal. This has been kindly sponsored.
Stainless Steel Coal Bunker -
As with the Romney engines and River Esk, when it returns, Whillan Beck will be fitted with a stainless steel coal bunker. This helps prevent against wear, from rusting internally and rotting from the coal. Though this comes at a cost at first, it should save us a lot in the long run. Could you be the generous sponsor of this part of the restoration, for £1200?
Radio Locker -
The radio system we use on the railway is vitally important and the equipment that goes with it must be kept safe and dry. The radio locker will be incorporated into the bulkhead behind the driver as seen here on Northern Rock's tender, at a cost of £75.
Tool Box -
Though it will be differently situated on Whillan Beck, here can be seen examples of the tool boxes on the other Ratty tenders, used for tools for general maintenance and storing wet weather gear for the driver - and maybe even his lunch! £75.
Injectors water valves -
2 water valves will be required to feed the pair of injectors on Whillan Beck - these will be situated in a similar location as those seen here on the tender of Northern Rock, and will cost £25 each.
Of course the most visible part of the tender is the painting! Here's your chance to help Whillan Beck get the best possible paint job, by sponsoring this work for £1000.
No paint job would be complete without proper lining out, as you can see in this example here, showing the straw coloured line on Hercules' wheels, or as above with Northern Rock's tender. £250.