The Victoria Press is Installed!

So on Wednesday 8th July a large ten ton lorry forced its way up my long drive from the road, navigating some overhanging trees on the way. And then disgorged a pallet with the Victoria parallel motion press onto the tarmac, all well packed and shrink wrapped by Chris Wakeling, the previous owner in Consett.

Up comes the transporter lorry

My two helpers (brothers) infront of the press.

I had built a platform out side of the workshop door at workshop floor level. The plan was to lift the press with a fork lift truck and place the press onto this platform on steel rollers, and then push the press into position on these rollers.

The press is slung and is about to be lowered onto the platform.

Once we had managed the slinging, the lift all went well and soon we were rolling the press in through the doorway.

In through the door she comes.

And then round the corner and into the final position. What a marvellous piece of engineering. Now I have to learn how to use the press and get it printing. With its parallel motion, packing the platen should be a lot easier than on my Arab.

Then after fixing the motor to the concrete floor with some expansion bolts, and connecting up the drive pulls with a new shorter belt; a flick of a switch and the press was up and running. A long, but rewarding day, only possible with the kind help of good friends. Now to ink the press up and learn how to print with it!!

The two presses are now in ‘line abreast’.