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A progress report for the overhaul may be found here.


From July Overhaul 2021

The right trailing Cartazzi hornstay is carefully ground to provide the correct clearance for the axlebox.
Photograph: Richard Swales

1 July 2021

The right steel steam pipe is fabricated and tacked in situ.
Photograph: Richard Swales

1 July 2021

The brake ejector pipework is fitted, and there's still plenty of pipes to go.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 July 2021

The middle piston and cylinder cover are fitted, as is the leading middle valve cover and right valve guide.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 July 2021

The completed conjugated gear assembly in front of the left cylinder.
Photograph: Richard Swales

8 July 2021

The return crank and rod during assembly.
Photograph: Richard Swales

10 July 2021

All the boiler cladding panels are now fitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

15 July 2021

The left return crank and rod fitted to the loco.
Photograph: Richard Swales

15 July 2021

A new lower spark arrestor tray has been fabricated.
Photograph: Richard Swales

15 July 2021

The inside of the coal space is being painted. The strap added during conversion for A4 use can be seen.
Photograph: Richard Swales

17 July 2021

One of the stub pipes that fastens to the boiler front plate. Much fun was had fitting this!
Photograph: Darrin Crone

23 July 2021

The smokebox front plate is fitted and the chimney about to be.
Photograph: Richard Swales

27 July 2021

The GSMR (radio) system rack fitted in the tender vestibule.
Photograph: Richard Swales

27 July 2021

The GSMR user interface enclosure on the tender front. The corridor finish painted and the GSMR trunking running along it.
Photograph: Richard Swales

27 July 2021

Over the wheeldrop waiting for the Cartazzi wheelset to be fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

29 July 2021

With the Cartazzi wheelset in the hornstays are refitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

29 July 2021

The GSMR, water valve handle and handbrake are fitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

31 July 2021

With the smokebox assembled the streamlined front can be put on. This is a trail fit without nameplates.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 August 2021

The front end streamlining being fitted complete with nameplates.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 August 2021

The main intermediate drawbar hand finished to remove all machining marks and to blend the corner radii.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 August 2021

The cod's mouth gear is painted, while the plate in front of the chimney is fitted, and the leading boiler band is prepared for fitting.
Photograph: Richard Swales

5 August 2021

The cab being fitted
Photograph: Trevor Camp

5 August 2021

The smokebox door and cod's mouth fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

6 August 2021

The little end oiling felts are fitted to the connecting rods. This is the middle being dealt with.
Photograph: Richard Swales

10 August 2021

The operating shaft for the manifold shut off is fitted to a bracket on the cab roof here being fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

10 August 2021

The last boiler band fillet piece is welded in to position. The cod's month and chimney cowl now fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

10 August 2021

The ejector exhaust pipe is prepped and painted ready for fitting.
Photograph: Richard Swales

10 August 2021

The new boiler cladding receiving primer paint.
Photograph: Richard Swales

10 August 2021

The left connecting rod is being fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

12 August 2021

The right connecting rod in place and the return crank back on.
Photograph: Richard Swales

12 August 2021

The general state of finish to the loco on 12 August 2021.
Photograph: Richard Swales

12 August 2021

The OTMR enclosure back in the cab and being terminated.
Photograph: Richard Swales

13 August 2021

The outer superheater cover being worked on while the old blue paint is being rubbed down ready for painting.
Photograph: Richard Swales

13 August 2021

The ejector exhaust pipe is being fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

13 August 2021

The front of the loco being prepped for painting, screws are being cut down and the left water valve handle being worked on.
Photograph: Richard Swales

17 August 2021

The water scoop operating handle is refitted to the tender. The tender number plate is also fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

17 August 2021

The first coat of top coat black being applied.
Photograph: Richard Swales

19 August 2021

A new "old" chain to hold up the tender steam heat hose.
Photograph: Richard Swales

19 August 2021

The first coat of black paint applied entirely by our volunteers.
Photograph: Richard Swales

19 August 2021

The first coat of black paint being finished on the cod's mouth doors.
Photograph: Richard Swales

19 August 2021

The new covers to the air pump inlets.
Photograph: Richard Swales

19 August 2021

We now have proper LNER oilers to the loco reverser weigh shaft. One entirely new made by one of our volunteers the other with a new cap.
Photograph: Richard Swales

20 August 2021

There's still plenty of painting around and under the loco.
Photograph: Richard Swales

20 August 2021

Last remaining fitting and split pinning to the vertical hornstay bolts has been completed.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

21 August 2021

The brake cylinder piston rod protective gaiters have been fitted to the loco leading cylinders.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

21 August 2021

We are very fortunate, a new set of head lamps have been donated to us. They are in superb condition.
Photograph: Richard Swales

24 August 2021

The left water valve handle has been fitted to the tender front.
Photograph: Richard Swales

24 August 2021

The speedo cables are terminated.
Photograph: Richard Swales

24 August 2021

It's a team effort to install the rest of the grate.
Photograph: Richard Swales

24 August 2021

The tender intermediate drawgear in place.
Photograph: Richard Swales

24 August 2021

A general view of the tender.
Photograph: Richard Swales

24 August 2021

With the tender already gone from the workshop 60007 waits to go in to the daylight for the first time since 2015.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

25 August 2021

Loco and tender in the North Yard.
Photograph: Richard Swales

25 August 2021

The worksplates are refitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

27 August 2021

The vinyl lettering being applied. A museum employee looking on to see what all the fuss is about?.
Photograph: Richard Swales

27 August 2021

As presently finished and looking stunning.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

28 August 2021

Another view.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

28 August 2021

The engine outside the NRM workshop ready for the move to Crewe.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

28 August 2021

The engine outside the NRM workshop ready for the move to Crewe.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

28 August 2021

The engine and overhaul team outside the NRM workshop.
Photograph: Nigel Wilson

28 August 2021

Under the front of the tender the remaining hard pipes have been put in for the hoses to the brake cylinders.
Photograph: Rod Thomas

1 September 2021

The outside connecting rods are removed ready for our move over the mainline.
Photograph: Richard Swales

2 September 2021

Collision damage to the back right corner of the tender.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

2 September 2021

The loco stands on the pit.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

7 September 2021

The Churchill surface grinder being used for the permanent valve cotters. Another machine tool to be disposed of by the NRM.
Photograph: Richard Swales

8 September 2021

Our piping team leader reflects on the time we have spent in the workshop.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

8 September 2021

What an achievement. The loco stands in the North Yard waiting for its move over the Network.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

8 September 2021

The storage van has been emptied of SNG items and racking.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

8 September 2021

A number of named train headboard were tried on for size.
Photograph: Ken Woods

8 September 2021

Paint being touched while the tender axleboxes are oiled.
Photograph: Richard Swales

14 September 2021

The collision damage is repaired.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

14 September 2021

Pipework continues in the cab.
Photograph: Richard Swales

15 September 2021

The axlebox packers in place on the Cartazzi axlebox to limit travel during loading on to road transport.
Photograph: Richard Swales

20 September 2021

Top and tailed by LSL class 37s for the move to Holgate.
Photograph: Richard Swales

21 September 2021

The through air pipe along the side of the loco linking the 37s.
Photograph: Richard Swales

21 September 2021

On the mainline with the speedo reading 5mph.
Photograph: Richard Swales

21 September 2021

At Holgate the tender frame guard irons have been removed.
Photograph: Richard Swales

21 September 2021

Ready for the road transport we attracted much interest from the Network Rail employees.
Photograph: Richard Swales

21 September 2021

Another view of the loco at Holgate ready for onward transport.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

21 September 2021

The edge radii are machined on to the new valve cotters.
Photograph: Richard Swales

26 September 2021

Under heavy rain the loco was prepared for loading.
Photograph: Darrin Crone/Trevor Camp/SNGLT

27 September 2021

The flangeway had to be cleared to allow the loco to move sufficiently far to allow the truck in front for loading.
Photograph: Darrin Crome

27 September 2021

The tender starts loading.
Photograph: Richard Swales

27 September 2021

The bogie wheels start to climb the ramp on to the truck at Holgate.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

27 September 2021

The loco on the traile.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

27 September 2021

The loco loaded and ready to go.
Photograph: Richard Swales

27 September 2021

The loco unloading at Crewe.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

28 September 2021

The tender is pushed toward the already unloaded loco.
Photograph: Richard Swales

28 September 2021

The loco in the Crewe workshops.
Photograph: Ben Roberts

29 September 2021

Moving in. Our first load of kit to sort.
Photograph: Darrin Crome

30 September 2021

The front of the loco being taken apart for fabrication and fitting of the smokebox steam pipes.
Photograph: Richard Swales

13 October 2021

With the front streamlining removed the footplating inside can be painted, while the floorplate is straightened.
Photograph: Richard Swales

28 October 2021

The right steam pipe being prepared for new flanges.
Photograph: Richard Swales

28 October 2021

The steel gauge being used during the dressing of the middle connecting rod big end.
Photograph: Richard Swales

29 October 2021

The new stub pipe and new flange for the right steel steam pipe.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

29 October 2021

The dressed middle big end rod and strap awaiting the new bearing.
Photograph: Richard Swales

2 November 2021

The new right steam pipe being assembled in the smokebox.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 November 2021

The new stub and flange in position with the rest of the fabricated pipe.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 November 2021

The brake ejector with the extension pipe in position ready to be remounted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

4 November 2021

The air pump governor with all pipework in position.
Photograph: Richard Swales

4 November 2021

The left big end is oiled before pushing on to the crankpin.
Photograph: Tony Bickerstaff

10 November 2021

The left connecting rod in place.
Photograph: Tony Bickerstaff

10 November 2021

The new locating strip at the bottom of the left trailing cladding panel.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

19 November 2021

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