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Cock O' The North Frames Return to Doncaster!
The Cock O’The North frames were originally rolled in 2014 at Tata Scunthorpe (now British Steel Ltd) and after plasma cutting and bending were transported for storage and display at Didcot Railway Centre. The Trust is most grateful for the help of Didcot Trustees but after 2 years in their care it was time to return the frames to Doncaster. A new home has been found at the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum (SYAM), where the Trustees have kindly offered us space to store and display the frames along with the transport bogie and track. A track panel was purchased from Hird Heritage Rail Services and delivered on 6th October. With the help of volunteers the panel was assembled over the following weekend in readiness for the frame and bogie wagon.
After inspection of the load, the frames and bogie were moved from Didcot Railway Centre to Didcot West Yard for uploading onto Allelys road transport and delivered to SYAM on 3rd November where they were carefully positioned on the track panel.
The frames are now ready for preparation to display at SYAM. Although the steelwork has been stored for 2 years the protective coating has preserved the material and will be looking pristine after brushing and repainting. A steel support assembly will be welded onto the bogie wagon and the frames lifted into position to simulate the P2 layout. We would welcome contact from any volunteers willing to help with this work or sponsor the craneage.
Work on the frames can be seen at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum (http://www.southyorkshireaircraftmuseum.org.uk/) where entrance to the museum provides an excellent insight of Doncaster’s RAF history.