News Update - 14th March 2023

March Update


As we head into 2023 with gusto there is a focus on the boiler. We identified the requirement for a new backhead in 2021 because the existing one was too wasted and cracked; no amount of welding would have made it good enough to safely operate.


With over £20,000 duly parted with (ouch!), the new item is now in the workshops and duly marked up for drilling and fittings.


Making this stage of the restoration interesting has often been challenging because many a time the task is describing the refurbishment or manufacture of some obscure parts.


That aside, these parts are where the money goes; properly manufactured and fitted parts that we can have faith in once they are buried under extensive pipework. Any experienced operator will tell you that a relatively “minor” issue on a locomotive might necessitate extensive stripping down to access and then remedy that problem; something we’re keen to avoid.


While there have been some major nasty surprises with this project, not least the need for new frames, the real expense is the remedial welding and machining of part after part; all with a cost in workforce time. So yet again, please find some pictures of components; they may not seem hugely interesting in themselves, but they nonetheless progress towards seeing a few pounds on the clock next year.


Meanwhile at Kirkby Stephen East our 1902 NER Stores Van edges closer towards completion!


The Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust

"Restoring our Past, Enriching our Future"


Telephone:  07831 120564


Address:  95a Hambalt Road, London SW4 9EQ

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