The National Traction Engine Trust

At the recent Engine Owner's meeting at Kilsby, Martin  Clark the new chairman of the Association of Independent Boiler Inspectors(AIBI) was intoduced.

He reported AIBI were now seeking to link up with the Bureau of Engineering Surveyors(BES). AIBI members would be required to be members of BES as a way of demonstrating their knowledge and practical skills.

Questions from the meeting were asked and one of particular interest was about bolt on hornplates. A number of 6 inch scale models and some replica engines have been built in this way making it almost impossible to thoroughly examine the sides of the boiler.. Martin Clark said this was a new situation and initially there should be reference to the original design and manufacture. If necessary, hornplates will have to be removed to facil;itate a thorough examination.

Thanks were expressed to AIBI for the work they have carried out.

27 Jan 2012