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A progress report for the overhaul may be found here.


From January Overhaul 2022

The nameplates are being painted red appropriate for wartime black livery.
Photograph: Richard Swales

6 January 2022

Our safety valves have been inspected and are ready for refitting.
Photograph: Richard Swales

6 January 2022

The regulator cross shaft stuffing box seal is replaced after leaking during preparations for the hydraulic test.
Photograph: Richard Swales

6 January 2022

A steam pipe and lens ring are lapped together.
Photograph: Richard Swales

6 January 2022

The right and middle steam pipes in position.
Photograph: Richard Swales

11 January 2022

The new key in the middle connecting rod.
Photograph: Richard Swales

12 January 2022

The middle big end bearing fitted in the connecting rod.
Photograph: Richard Swales

12 January 2022

Further work is being carried out to the cladding to improve its appearance.
Photograph: Richard Swales

19 January 2022

The blastpipe casting and the plate at the front top of the smokebox refitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

19 January 2022

Our new pipe flaring tools in use.
Photograph: Richard Swales

20 January 2022

The new toilet tank in place on our support coach.
Photograph: Richard Swales

21 January 2022

The chimney alignment jig fastened to the top of the blastpipe casting.
Photograph: Richard Swales

25 January 2022

The chimney alignment jig in the chimney bore.
Photograph: Richard Swales

25 January 2022

The chimney fabrication being fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

25 January 2022

The bodywork receiving another helping of filling and rubbing down.
Photograph: Richard Swales

26 January 2022

A new wooden floor being fitted to the tender.
Photograph: Richard Swales

27 January 2022

The new scoop and tender capacity plates in place.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 February 2022

The front steamlining during refitting.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

2 February 2022

Another coat of paint, from cab front to smokebox, for members day.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 February 2022

The chimney cowl has been repaired and is prepared for painting.
Photograph: Richard Swales

8 February 2022

The chimney cowl is fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

10 February 2022

The new right hand foundation ring/lower firebox cladding is fitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

10 February 2022

A view of the cab with gauges, injector pipework and air brake stand in place.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

10 February 2022

The BR numberplate and shed plate have been replaced by LNER numbering.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

11 February 2022

Loco standing outside at Crewe for Members Day.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

12 February 2022

The tender outside being blasted inside prior to coating.
Photograph: Richard Swales

16 February 2022

More work has been done in improving the appearance of the streamlining.
Photograph: Richard Swales

16 February 2022

The new M8 stand cover being worked on 16th February.
Photograph: Richard Swales

16 February 2022

The smokebox pipe that supplies the atomisers with steam direct from the boiler has new cone and nut fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

16 February 2022

After hydraulic testing of the boiler the safety valves are refitted, soon to lift during steam test.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

18 February 2022

The middle big end bearing is machined in the rod.
Photograph: SNGLT/Trevor Camp

23 February 2022

The concrete is mixed for the firebox arch.
Photograph: Richard Swales

24 February 2022

The saddle casting in the smokebox is painted prior to being concreted over.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

24 February 2022

One of the middle big end halves having its edge radii scraped to suit the crankpin.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 March 2022

The loco leaves the maintenance shop for the last time.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 March 2022

The engine is stood on the weighing gear in the running shed.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 March 2022

The little end of the middle connecting rod is lifted in to the middle crosshead.
Photograph: Phil Gillespie

3 March 2022

The middle connecting rod being moved under the loco.
Photograph: Phil Gillespie

3 March 2022

In the running shed on the weighing gear at the end of this report period.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

4 March 2022

Another milestone in the overhaul of Sir Nigel Gresley was achieved today with the locomotive passing its official steam test at Locomotive Services Limited depot at Crewe.
Photograph: SNGLT/Trevor Camp

16 March 2022

Another photo of Sir Nigel Gresley at the Locomotive Services Limited depot steam test, wgich included setting the safety valves during the test.
Photograph: SNGLT/Trevor Camp

16 March 2022
Video: SNGLT/Trevor Camp

A new nut made for the ejector drain in the smokebox.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

6 March 2022

Inside the tender tank after coating.
Photograph: Richard Swales/p>

7 March 2022

A bed of sand put in the smokebox before concreting.
Photograph: Richard Swales

10 March 2022

The middle rod in place and all cottered up.
Photograph: Tony Bickerstaff

10 March 2022

Late in to the night measurements of the valve travels are taken prior to valve setting.
Photograph: Tony Bickerstaff

14 March 2022

During valve setting the travel of the middle valve is measured.
Photograph: Richard Swalesp

14 March 2022

The first fire lit in the boiler in the frames.
Photograph: Andy Barwick

15 March 2022

With smoke at the chimney from the first fire.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

15 March 2022

During the steam test the safety valves lift for the boiler inspector.
Photograph: Andy Barwick

16 March 2022

Loaded for road transport to Bridgnorth.
Photograph: Richard Swales

21 March 2022

Moving under its own power for the first time after overhaul.
Photograph: J Titlow

23 March 2022

The dirt from the boiler working its way out during running in.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

24 March 2022

The regulator valve removed for examination.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

26 March 2022

First loaded test run 4498 climbs Eardington Bank heading for Bridgnorth.
Photograph: J Titlow

28 March 2022

A view in the cab with water and pressure to go.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

29 March 2022

Coming on to the stock at Bridgnorth during loaded test running.
Photograph: Richard Swales

29 March 2022

During disposal, dropping the fire after another day of running in.
Photograph: Richard Swales

30 March 2022

We were moved inside the shed to release the outside pit during a spell between runs.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

3 April 2022

Light repairs to the firebox between spells of running in.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 April 2022

The dome removed to examine the regulator.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

14 April 2022

The blanking plate removed from the superheater and joint remade.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

15 April 2022

An example of the signage now in the cab, copied from a works photograph of a V2.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

15 April 2022

New number 8 applied by committee.
Photograph: Richard Swales

20 April 2022

The speedo being calibrated.
Photograph: Richard Swales

20 April 2022

During examination by SVR for Gala use 4498 is taken for a test run around Bridgnorth Station.
Photograph: Richard Swales

20 April 2022

Nº4498 being prepared for the first day of Gala running.
Photograph: Andy Barwick

21 April 2022

Our reception upon arrival at Kidderminster on our first Gala arrival.
Photograph: Andy Barwick

21 April 2022

On the SVR.
Photograph: Richard Swales

23 April 2022

Running in to the early evening the photo shows the cab illumination of the gauges in the cab.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

23 April 2022

Turning on the turntable at Kidderminster to get the right way for our move to Crewe.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

25 April 2022

On the pit at Kidderminster raising steam for our trip to Crewe.
Photograph: Andy Barwick

26 April 2022

With support coach waiting for traction to pilot us to Crewe.
Photograph: Andy Barwick

26 April 2022

Back at Crewe and being a steam engine there's still plenty of work to do. The chimney cowl is raised to access the snifting valve.
Photograph: Richard Swales

5 May 2022

I think we found the source of the whine. The snifter seal clearly had been blowing.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 May 2022

The regulator body ready for refitting to the boiler. It mating face with the main steam pipe has been lapped.
Photograph: Richard Swales

6 May 2022

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