This past week has seen the welding in place of the new front frame sections.
The picture below shows Jack removing the cross members and smoke box saddle. These had been put in place to help hold the frames in position whilst they were welded, this helps to avoid distortion. They are being removed to allow the weld to be subjected to ultra sonic testing, following which the frames will be cleaned up, painted and generally made ready to received all the parts which are bolted to them.
Below; a close up of the weld which has been ground back to the level of the surrounding steel.