Monday, 20 August 2012

Snodland Winch

The Snodland Winch (a nickname based on its working location in Kent) or Clarke Chapman Diagonal Winch was last used for lifting equipment from boreholes. It is a very powerful winch with two speeds and a foot operated brake. For quick reversing it is fitted with Stephenson's Link valve gear.

After being installed in the Wiggly Shed the winch was only fixed to 2 large sleepers. When running it had a tendency to jump around a bit! Having fitted some shuttering around the outside and a good few mixes of concrete it now runs very smoothly. It was however in need of a repaint and so Harold has been busy painting away and is currently showing up all the other engines in that exhibition!

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