Techniswage supply flue tubes to train restoration project

  • By Angus McDougall
  • 20 Oct, 2015

Adding to the already diverse application of our products, we are pleased to announce our involvement in the restoration of a WD Austerity 2-10-0, 90775 steam locomotive.

The locomotive restoration centre of the North Norfolk Railway, a heritage steam railway which runs train rides along the picturesque North Norfolk coast, recently awarded us the contract to manufacture 28 boiler flue tubes needed for the restoration project.

Utilising our knowledge and expertise in tube end reduction, we reduced the ends of the 28 super heater flue tubes to enable them to fit into the boilerplate.

Explaining what was involved in this project, Managing Director Paul Fellows had to say “Using a hydraulic end former, we reduced the ends of 28 flue tubes of 4,860mm in length down from 130mm in diameter to 104mm in diameter.”

Peter Phillips from North Norfolk Railway added: “Techniswage were great, right from the beginning when discussing the technical details through to the delivery of the finished products.  It was a very quick process and I was really pleased with the end products.”

Introduced in 1943, and used during the latter years of Second World War, the WD Austerity 2-10-0, 90775 is a type of heavy freight steam locomotive with a 2-10-0 wheel arrangement.

The locomotive in question was originally sent abroad to work, but was brought back to the UK in 1984 and has been used on the North Norfolk Railway since 2003. Restoration of the locomotive began in January 2014, with the second phase of restoration involving the boiler and flue tubes, in which were involved, beginning recently.

 The complete restoration of the locomotive is expected to take up to five years to complete and is expected to cost around £250,000

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By Andrew Male 07 Nov, 2017
As a manufacturer of products used globally for a variety of different industries, we were very proud to be involved with the Black Country LEP's Made in the Black Country Showcase Exhibition at Parliament on the 1st November.

Joining forces with Ian Austin MP for Dudley North, the event at the Houses of Parliament, showcased goods manufactured in the Black Country and sold across the world, and saw 39 MPs, 2 Lords, 53 company representatives and 150 other visitors attend.

In addition to Techniswage, other companies showcased included Kirkpatrick in Walsall - the only remaining traditional black ironmongery in the UK and Rimstock, a leading manufacturer of alloy wheels in West Bromwich.

Visitors on the day also saw a demonstration of HVM City: The Opportunity Gateway, a new online portal for the region, which allows companies to register tender opportunities as well as companies and individuals being able to access tender opportunities. 

The event was a fantastic way to showcase the vast skilled manufacturing companies the Black Country has to offer. Of the 455,400 people working in the Black Country, 103,725 of these people work in high value manufacturing jobs across 7,656 high value manufacturing businesses. This makes the Black Country one of the UK's leading supply chain centres within the automotive and aerospace sectors. At Techniswage, we are proud to be one of these businesses.

Discussing the showcase exhibition, Boris Johnson MP, Foreign Secretary said: “I spent part of my early working career in Wolverhampton and I remember all the traditional industries in the Black Country so it’s fantastic to see so many businesses in advanced manufacturing such as aerospace, automotive, digital media and film production. I am impressed by the new industries, new businesses and new investment in the Black Country.”

His comments were echoed by Ian Austin MP for Dudley North, who said: “Manufacturing is a really important part of the Black Country’s heritage but I want to show that hi-tech manufacturing, science and technology has a bright future in the region too. I want people in London to understand that we are bringing new industries and new jobs to the area to strengthen the local economy and boost prosperity. That’s why I’m delighted to be able to organise this event in Parliament again this year, where our brilliant local producers and manufacturers can show off their work to MPs from across the country.”
By Andrew Male 27 Oct, 2017

Techniswage were recently approached by Andy Knight Ltd. to assist them in realising an ambitious window display project for a luxury fashion brand.

The brief was to produce a large volume of giant sewing needles which would be used to symbolise the perils of the everyday. The Hermes products would act as a shield and deflect the grey aura of the harsh elements. They also serve to juxtapose, thus highlight, the intricate detailing of the individually screen-printed scarf designs . 

Take a look a the images to see how this fascinating project came to life!

By Angus McDougall 02 Dec, 2016

Having been approached by BAE Systems to help on improving an existing design of lightening conductor guarding the carbon fibre radar dome for the fleet of Type 45’s.

Techniswage were able to fulfil their requirement through their subcontractor Lola. The brief was to reduce the diameter of a stainless steel tube in a stepped form to a smaller diameter over 2 metres in order to throw off vortexes created when the air circulated around the straight (non tapered) existing lightening conductor poles. The process was successful and all seven Destroyers were fitted out with the new system within the short window of 5 weeks whilst in dock.

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