McCains win Thomas Smith Fasteners sponsored Race

Abbie McCain, 15, won the Thomas Smith Fasteners sponsored pony race at Knutsford Races on Sunday 17th May, riding Little Bull. Abbie’s sister Ella finished 2nd, making it a great afternoon for family McCain.

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Abbie is a good rider, whose future career as a jockey is keenly anticipated. The picture above shows Abbie and her father Donald McCain, a leading racehorse trainer.

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Gary Stevens, manager of Thomas Smith Fasteners (pictured above with daughter Annabel), was on hand to present the prizes for all three pony races.

Thomas Smith Fasteners Sponsors Knutsford Races

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Thomas Smith Fasteners is to sponsor at the Knutsford Races point to point steeplechase this Sunday (17th May).

Manager Gary Stevens will be in attendance and will be presenting prizes to the winners of the pony races. Thomas Smith Fasteners is sponsoring one of these races for up and coming jockeys.

Knutsford Races is a point to point steeplechase race meeting that is a great family day out in the Cheshire countryside. In addition to the steeplechases and pony racing there are plenty of other activities for all of the family such as amusements and funfair, specialist trade stalls and bookmakers.

For more information, visit the Knutsford Races website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

CE Marked Fasteners For New Build Agricultural Shed

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Thomas Smith Fasteners recently won the contract to supply all of the fasteners for a new agricultural building. These pictures tell the story.

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Since 2014, all fasteners in a permanent construction, whether domestic or commercial build, need to follow and be approved to CE standards.

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Fast Turnaround – Special UNC Zinc Nickel Bolts to Abu Dhabi

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Thomas Smith Fasteners were delighted to help out a new client in Abu Dhabi, UAE, who had an urgent requirement for special UNC bolts in Zinc/Nickel Plated.

These bolts, which were required for a power station, were manufactured in our machine shop before being sent to our local platers for the Zinc Nickel finish.

From receiving the order we were able to turn-around in just 4 working days.

Another satisfied customer!

BSW & BSF Nylon Insert Nuts added to Online Shop

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The others say obsolete – we say they are right up our street!

To complement our vast range of BSW (Whitworth) & BSF Bolts and Setscrews, Thomas Smith Fasteners is excited to announce that we now stock a large range of Nylon Insert Nuts Type P.

These nuts are becoming obsolete around the fastener trade but we are aware they are critical components of certain assemblies.

Our range starts at 1/4″ dia to 1″ and can be purchased on our online shop or you can contact us via email or telephone for larger quantities.

BSW & BSF Socket Head Assorted Kits added to Online Shop

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Never say we don’t listen to our customers!

After numerous requests, we have now introduced BSW and BSF Socket Head Assorted kits to our range, which are now listed on our online shop.

The kits start from 120 pcs to 526 pcs and are packed in a durable box.

Special Fastener Manufacture – Special Head Shapes & Pins

We manufacture a wide variety of special fasteners in our onsite workshop, as these two recent examples demonstrate!

Our fasteners often have special head shapes or threadforms, for example these forged square square head blanks:

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But some of our specials have no head and no threads, such as these clevis pins:

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We can produce special fasteners in most materials (steel, stainless steel and exotics) and grades, and offer threadforms including Metric, BSF, BSW, BA, UNC & UNF.

To enquire or for further information, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you in finding the right fastener to fit your requirements.

BSW Fasteners for Heritage Rail – Great Western’s 4079 restoration

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.

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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.

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Below is a buffer assembly attached to the buffer beam.

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The below photo shows where the smokebox is attached to the saddle.

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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 sales@thomassmithfasteners.com.

Large Pyramid Bolt Manufacture for Vintage Traction Engines

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These 1″ UNC x 24.1/2″ long pyramid bolts were recently manufactured in our onsite workshop and were supplied to a manufacturer of vintage traction engines for wheel refurbishment.

To complement our range of standard fasteners and fixings, we hold extensive stocks of semi-finished bolt blanks, enabling rapid production to meet customer requirements. We are also able to manufacture non-standard, special fasteners from scratch – our onsite workshop capabilities include forging, CNC machining and threading.

Most materials, grades and surface finishes are available.

For more information, contact us. If you’d rather speak to someone, call our technical sales staff on 01942 520260 (Wigan) or 01698 826464 (Glasgow).