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Engine In

Last weekend we did the first test fit of the engine in the Westfield. The idea was to get all of the mounting holes drilled while there’s still plenty of room to work. We’ll...

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Jigs & Tools

My father visited the other day, and he pointed out how many of the tools & jigs that I’ve made for working on the Westfield are made out of wood. I’m not sure whether...

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Mary Anne goes to London

One of my favorite books when I was little was Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. If you don’t remember it, it’s about a competition between diggers. Our hero, Mike Mulligan, and his antiquated digger...

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Convolutor

Have you ever wondered how this stuff was made? Of course you have. That’s the sort of thing that I think about all the time. Well, Evil Mad Scientist has the answer, and it’s...

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On the Ground

Look what happened today: The Westfield is standing on its own feet for the first time! This is only temporary. We’re going to mark out some of the details of where the engine goes...

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Differential

I got the differential into the Westfield today. That’s a big step, and I’m pretty excited. It’s  very heavy, so I used the engine hoist, and enlisted Peter’s help. It went in pretty smoothly,...

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Reamer

As I’ve mentioned before, assembling the Westfield often involves a bit of fettling. There are a number of tools which are useful for fettling, such as files. But my personal favorite is the adjustable...

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Lemony Baked Scrod

Baked Scrod is a traditional New England dish. Where the word scrod comes from is up for debate. But most people in New England understand it to mean cod or other similar white fish...

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Brakepipe Clips

I finally got the last brakeline installed in the Westfield this weekend. While working on them, I got pretty sick of these things. That’s a brakepipe clip. It’s used to hold the hard brakelines....

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Awaiting Picture

The Westfield isn’t exactly a tab A in slot B sort of project. There’s a lot of puzzling about exactly how things go together. At the moment, I’m sorting all of the suspension bits....