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5637 STEAM
LOCOMOTIVE GROUP

 
 

OVERHAUL

 
                 
 

This section gives a brief overview of 5637’s heavy general overhaul. More detailed information can be found by following the corresponding link to the left.

The East Somerset Railway's website contains a full pictorial history of the overhaul.
 

 
  On the expiry of 5637‘s 10 year boiler certificate it was estimated that an overhaul would cost £40,000 and take 2 years to complete.  

Expiry

   
                                 
 

One of the centre sub axles had begun to fail and after replacement the axel boxes were realigned.

 

Axle

   
                                 
 

The loco’s motion was reassembled, repairs carried out to the side tanks and a new coal bunker fabricated.

 

Motion

   
                                 
 

The boiler was the most expensive item to repair with a large number of items having to be replaced.

 

Boiler

   
                                 
 

The bottom ten inches of the outer firebox plate had to be replaced and new three foot inserts fitted in place.

 

Firebox

   
                                 
 

Once the 126 crown stays had been laboriously replace the boiler underwent successful hydraulic and steam testing.

 

Stays

   
                                 
 

The boiler was replaced in the loco’s fames and after being repainted 5637 finally re-entered service.

 

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Photo: Paul Lockley

Work on the boiler has been completed - May 2010

   
 

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