Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire History & Archaeology
Thursday, 22 December 2011
News - Putting steam back on the road (Sheffield)
Hardeners is helping to put a vintage Sentinel steam lorry back on the road.
Originally purchased in 1916 by Brown Baileys Steelworks
in Sheffield, the vehicle has been lovingly restored by steam enthusiast John
The Sentinel steam lorry, designed to pull a trailer, was
in service with Brown Baileys until March 1970, when it was bought by Bass
North who used it for several years before putting it on display in the Museum
of Brewing at Burton-on-Trent.
After the museum closed in 2009 the lorry was purchased
by Mr. Ward, owner of Townley Tool and Metals Ltd. in Upper Denby, which
designs, fabricates and installs mainly stainless steel pipe-work for the
brewing and pharmaceutical industries.
The engine, mechanical parts and boiler have been
completely stripped down and re-built, with water feed-tubes etc. all replaced.
The cab and body will be re-built ready for the 2012 Steam Rally season.
Part of the refurbishment included a 16-tooth sprocket
with 2.5 x 1.5 pitch, manufactured by John Ward in high quality mild steel EN24
to replace the original 12-tooth gear. The teeth were then surface hardened to
a depth of 3mm by Sheffield based Flame Hardeners Ltd., using the
tooth-by-tooth flame hardening technique.
“A few years ago Flame Hardeners hardened the gears
for a steam crane, which is still working well. So I contacted them again when
I needed this new sprocket hardening,” says Mr. Ward. “I’ve
been delighted with the work they do; they’re very friendly and helpful.
Roger Haw is very well informed and his advice is very freely given.”
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Pat returns to give a talk on the life of one of Britain’s most renown monarchs. The talk will delve into the early years of Victoria’s life explaining how she became Queen. The talk will also delves into Victoria’s relationship with Prince Albert and how she interacted with the other European monarchies.
The talk starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th February at the Innings Public House, Gloucester Road, Prospect, Worksop S81 0RS. Entry is only £3 and there will be a bar on. There is also a large free car park outside.