Our Glasgow branch recently received a call from a design solution engineering consultant who specialises in subsea and riser engineering.
Our customer urgently required M36 Socket Caps and M39 High Tensile Allthread.
We were happy to help out and these large diameter fasteners were delivered on-time to our grateful customer!
Whether you require standard or special fasteners, large or small sizes – we can cater for every aspect of your fastener requirements. Call our Glasgow branch on 01698 826464 or Wigan on 01942 520260, and we’ll be happy to assist. Alternatively, you can contact us via this website.
Thomas Smith Fasteners supply many private & heritage railways throughout the UK.
We recently supplied the Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire, with BSW (Whitworth) bolts and nuts for a fantastic project to restore a member of the iconic Castle Class 4-6-0, the 4079 ‘Pendennis Castle’.
No.4079 ‘Pendennis Castle’ was the seventh of 171 Castles built and was completed at Swindon in February 1924.
After a long and distinguished service in which she outperformed many larger competitors, ‘Pendennis Castle’ was withdrawn in 1964, and sold for preservation. In 1977 the locomotive was sold to Hamersley Iron in Western Australia for use on excursion trains on the company’s ore-carrying railway.
In Australia, she was looked after by the Pilbara Railways Historical Society and worked many excursion trains, with her final steaming in Australia taking place in October 1994.
With an operational future in Australia looking uncertain, in early 2000 the Great Western Society agreed to arrange and pay for the repatriation of ‘Pendennis Castle’ and to restore her to full operational condition.
The Great Western Society have very kindly provided us with this photographs of the rebuild featuring our bolts, nuts and fasteners.
Here is a front view of the locomotive, the boiler & smokebox have yet to be fitted.
Below is a buffer assembly attached to the buffer beam.
The below photo shows where the smokebox is attached to the saddle.
Great Western also use our fasteners for bolting pipe flanges together and general engineering purposes.
For more information on this iconic restoration, visit Didcot Railway Centre’s 4079 page. Many thanks to the Society for providing us with these photographs and information.
Thomas Smith Fasteners supply a wide range of standard and special imperial fasteners in BSW, BSF, UNC and UNF threadforms, along with a full range of metric. Contact sales on 01942 520260 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may recall that a little while ago, one of our customers brought in a fantastic model bus made with our fasteners. We said we’d love to hear from any other customers who would like to showcase their work using our fasteners.
And now, another customer, Peter, has contacted us after purchasing some M2 studding (allthread), nuts and washers. Peter said ‘I thought you might like to see what I used all those 2mm nuts and washers for. See attached picture.’
‘This bridge contains 296 nuts and washers. It was quite fiddly screwing each nut on!!’
We’d like to thank Peter for kindly sending in these pictures of his model railway, which really showcase the great craftsmanship and eye for detail.
We love to see our fasteners being put to such creative use, it really brings home the fact that bolts, nuts and screws have such an amazing variety of uses. If any of our other customers would like to showcase their work using our fasteners, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us!
Here’s another example of our special bolt manufacturing capabilities!
A garden centre in Manchester was having problems with skateboarders skating down the sides of their concrete flower beds, causing damage to the flowers. A solution was needed that utilised the existing tapped holes.
The solution, after consultation with our technical sales team, was an M12 fully threaded bolt (or setscrew, as they are commonly known) with a head that measured 55mm across flats, which was manufactured to the customer’s requirements in our onsite machine shop.
Our state of the art onsite manufacturing facilities enable us to produce special fasteners in Metric, UNC & UNF as well as the older British threadforms BA, BSF & BSW, in a wide range of materials and grades.