Dave Donkin has once again excelled on the behalf of the Trust, this time with the
manufacture of a full set of eight door lock mechanisms. The design is an exact copy
of the one original lock from No. 61.
The work has been carried out to an exceptionally high standard, faithfully reproducing
not only the external features but also the original method of locking.
Certain elements have of necessity been produced on a professional basis, including
the handle castings. Casting of the spindle shafts into the handle was a particular
problem, resolved after some months of discussion with our friendly pattern maker.
Springs have also been professionally manufactured bringing the material costs alone
to close on £1000. We can only speculate the cost of the locks if the whole job had
been subcontracted, Dave having spent many hundreds of hours producing the bodies
and lock mechanisms to the highest of standards.
Dave displayed his work to Gordon Sadler before final assembly on Sunday 10th February.
Gordon has kindly sponsored the material cost for three of the locks and as a friend
of the Trust has a guaranteed place on the first public run of No 127.
The appeal remains open, why not sponsor a tangible part of the coach ?. Details
are available from Dave Scragg, contact via the website or at Foxfield on any Sunday.
The locks will be delivered to Stanegate restorations in the near future for fitting
to the coach.