|In early August 2012 the latest Gauge O Guild Gazette dropped through my letterbox.One of the articles in it was about making scratch built Silvertown Lubricators from brass.
While Silvertown were not suitable for Nellie, a look though the RCTS green bible revealed that some LNER small tanks Y8’s had lubricators fitted to the tank fronts.
Starting with a length of brass bar, I measured 10mm along and marked it (for two lubricators 5mm each). I then filed a slop on the top and drilled 4 holes in the bottoms for the pipes. I got a piece of scrap fret and marked it to length.
I then filed each side of the front face to make a lifting handle. I placed this on a partially opened mini vice and made a crease down the centre long ways using a screwdriver blade.
I soldered this onto the base with 298 degree solder. This was to prevent it coming loose when I attached the pipes and soldered it to the tank fronts.