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5637 STEAM
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BOILER WORK

 
                 
 


The Boiler

The boiler proved to be the most expensive item to repair in comparison to the chassis unit. The following had to be replaced:-

Smoke box,

Super heater elements (6 sets)

Front tube plate

Outer firebox wrapper lower side plate

Crown stays (126)

Front outer plate

Longitudinal stays (4)

Rear firebox plate.

Vacuum ejector

Washout plugs

Blower

Rivets (copper)

Small tubes (218)

Rivets (steel)

Large tubes (6)

 

 Credit where credit is due, a lot of effort by the ESR Engineering Manager resulted in some excellent offers and deals in sourcing materials for the above mentioned work.

The front tube plate came from the Birmingham Railway Museum at half price, fully machined and virtually ready to fit. Luckily the Boiler Inspector, Mr J. Glaze knew of the tube plate’s existence and a good price was negotiated for it. Much of the other material had to come from approved sources with the appropriate documentation to prove that it was of the correct standard, quality and traceability. This meant the cost of such items was on the high side but again some diligent searching found the required components at competitive prices.


Photo: : S.Masters
The new tubeplate is lifted into place.
 


 
         

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