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A progress report for the overhaul may be found here.


January to Overhaul June 2021

The new end for the atomiser supply pipe with the new nut behind. The hole in the nut will be bored out to suit the connecting pipe.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 January 2021

Typical of the corrosion to the bottom edges of the left streamlining. This section cut off the main sheet will be replaced.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 January 2021

The last of the trailing valve crossheads being machined.
Photograph: Richard Swales

6 January 2021

The first loco brakegear linkage components to be refitted, upper brake pull swing link.
Photograph: Alan Evans

15 January 2021

The three new cast iron steam pipes have now been drilled and taped for lubricator connections.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

15 January 2021

One of the loco brake hangers being setup for machining.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

22 January 2021

The loco brake hanger being skimmed.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

22 January 2021

The pressed Cartazzi horn liners are being machined.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

22 January 2021

The sides of the Cartazzi horn liners are machined to make them square and the correct width.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

27 January 2021

One of the new liners in place ready for welding.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

29 January 2021

Another set of 3/8" pipe end cones have been machined.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

3 February 2021

The end of the repaired Cartazzi hornstay during fitting.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 February 2021

One of the speed plaques ready for repainting.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

7 February 2021

New blower support fittings with one of the new blastpipe caps showing where they are fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

15 February 2021

The middle valve crosshead jig that will enable it to be accurately machined.
Photograph: Richard Swales

15 February 2021

We managed to find a replacement air tank for the coach.
Photograph: Mark Ashley

25 February 2021

One of the machined Cartazzi bearings.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

26 February 2021

The new bolts and nuts for the brakeshaft bearings made by Engineering Team volunteers.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

4 March 2021

The new blast pipe caps and blower ring in position.
Photograph: Richard Swales

5 March 2021

The air system relief or safety valve has been overhauled and tested.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 March 2021

The last bushes pressed in to the loco brake hangers were for the centre brake block pin.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 March 2021

The brake hangers receiving a coat of paint before fitting.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

10 March 2021

The handbrake bracket from the tender front has a new bearing fitted. The pits are original casting defects.
Photograph: Richard Swales

12 March 2021

The right outer Carttazzi hornstay fitted after repair.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

12 March 2021

The main intermediate drawbar being machined.
Photograph:Tony Bickerstaffe

17 March 2021

The leading brakeshaft in position and the right bearing.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

17 March 2021

New brake pins for the link between the trailing brakeshaft and vacuum cylinder.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

20 March 2021

The trailing brakeshaft in position, with safety link and pull rods.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

26 March 2021

The boiler top pad for the manifold has been prepared for fitting the manifold.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

26 March 2021

The tender vestibule bellows with new top corner rubbing plates during refurbishment.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

30 March 2021

The tender has been prepared to receive the vestibule bellows.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

30 March 2021

The left steam pipe is having a new section inserted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

31 March 2021

The leading brakeshaft and lower brake rigging in position.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 April 2021

The brake rigging looking back under the trailing brakeshaft.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 April 2021

The middle steel steam pipe is now ready for final welding.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 April 2021

The middle piston valve and covers in place.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 April 2021

The tender vestibule bellows and end plate are fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

6 April 2021

The gaps between the slidebars for the crosshead is carefully checked before adjustment.
Photograph: Richard Swales

6 April 2021

Now we know how old the tender is by counting the tree rings!
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 April 2021

The completed tender top air system.
Photograph: Rod Thomas

14 April 2021

The tender is being prepared for receiving paint.
Photograph: Richard Swales

15 April 2021

The pipes to the manifold valves are checked for fit before fitting the manifold on the boiler.
Photograph: Richard Swales

15 April 2021

The assembly of the conjugated gear continues. Here is the left side.
Photograph: Richard Swales

15 April 2021

The cab window runners are stripped, examined and cleaned as the cab refurbishment continues.
Photograph: Richard Swales

15 April 2021

The right Cartazzi bearing is being scraped to its journal.
Photograph: Richard Swales

16 April 2021

The under floor injector pipework has been refurbished and is about to be trial refitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

16 April 2021

The right main steel steam pipe is assembled from sections and tacked in place.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

20 April 2021

Various fittings are being put back on the tender front.
Photograph: Richard Swales

21 April 2021

The smokebox superheater cover fixing holes are drilled out, the left slidebars are adjusted and one of the cladding panels is being fabricated.
Photograph: Richard Swales

21 April 2021

The left and middle steam pipes are ready for final welding.
Photograph: Richard Swales

21 April 2021

The conjugated gear levers removed from the engine for painting while the pivot bushes are replaced.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

22 April 2021

Our support coach looking good in the su.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

22 April 2021

The main intermediate drawbar is machined in a volunteers workshop.
Photograph: Tom Bickerstaffe

25 April 2021

Cladding panels being painted inside to top coat to hopefully give them a longer service life than the previous ones.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

6 May 2021

The lens rings pre-machined in a volunteers workshop.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 May 2021

The valve head positions on the middle valve are measured, viewed from the trailing end of the steam chest.
Photograph: Richard Swales

11 May 2021

The valve head positions are set on the valve spindle.
Photograph: Richard Swales

13 May 2021

A steel steam pipe flange is machined to accept new pipework.
Photograph: Richard Swales

13 May 2021

One of the outside little end bushes is pressed in.
Photograph: Richard Swales

13 May 2021

Touching history, one of the cab spectacle window catches.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

13 May 2021

A general view of the last engine to receive repair at York North before the space is transformed for another use.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

15 May 2021

The backhead is being fitted out as far as possible before the fitting of the cab.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

15 May 2021

The speedo transmitter, overhauled and refitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

15 May 2021

Recladding continues.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

15 May 2021

The left cylinder has been lagged and the cladding sheet put on.
Photograph: Richard Swales

18 May 2021

The right steam pipe is being fabricated.
Photograph: Richard Swales

18 May 2021

A box gauge is used to measure the gap across the offset Cartazzi horns.
Photograph: Richard Swales

18 May 2021

The streamlined casing panels that fit either side of the steam dome have been refurbished or renewed and are being painted inside prior to fitting.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

20 May 2021

The inside of the boiler bands are painted and ready for fitting.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

20 May 2021

More pipework is added to the backhead with the drop grate operating gear in the foreground.
Photograph: Richard Swales

20 May 2021

On the backhead the regulator stuffing box and cross shaft are being assembled.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 June 2021

The inside of the cab has been thoroughly cleaned down and painted, now to undercoat.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 June 2021

The tender is being filled and rubbed down in preparation for painting.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 June 2021

The wheeldrop was tested and functions perfectly, it is ready to receive us when we need to refit the Cartazzi wheelset. The tender is above.
Photograph: Darren Crone

4 June 2021

One of the left piston valve heads has been fitted with its valve rings ready for final fitting.
Photograph: Richard Swales

5 June 2021

Grinding the left trailing Cartazzi horn.
Photograph: Richard Swales

9 June 2021

Taking the lightest of skims out of the right little end.
Photograph: Richard Swales

10 June 2021

The right piston valve and piston now fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

15 June 2021

The new handbrake screw and nut, and adjusted brake pull rods.
Photograph: Darren Crone

15 June 2021

The brake ejector fitted while repairs to one of the cladding panels.
Photograph: Richard Swales

19 June 2021

The tender has received a coat of undercoat.
Photograph: Richard Swales

19 June 2021

The left piston about to be fitted.
Photograph: Richard SWales

22 June 2021

A lot of work has gone in to filling and sanding the tender.
Photograph: Richard SWales

22 June 2021

The right cylinder looking quite complete.
Photograph: Richard SWales

22 June 2021

The inside of the tender corridor is now being painted.
Photograph: Richard SWales

22 June 2021

The new main intermediate coupling with just some minor finishing required.
Photograph: Richard Swales

24 June 2021

The lubrication pipes are being fitted.
Photograph: Darren Crone

25 June 2021

The middle piston being lowered in front of the smokebox during fitting.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

29 June 2021

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