Blog by Rory Edwards:-
The image shows a view of the left side of 75014's boiler.
We're now into the main operating season, which has begun with very few problems. 75014’s boiler is getting ever closer to completion, with a proposed view to have its hydraulic and out of frame steam tests completed by the end of April. The flu-tubes are expanded and beaded. All the smoke tubes have been expanded and a good start made on beading the ends over like the flu tubes. The main steam pipe has been fitted, along with the regulator valve and linkage. The smokebox has been trial fitted into the frames and will be attached to the rest of the boiler once it has had all its tests. We are currently preparing the Super-Heater Header for its hydraulic tests after some repairs were undertaken to a small number of cracks we discovered. The Tender is about to leave the paint shop and will be reunited to the engine in the very near future. I must say it looks absolutely fantastic and is a real credit to our two painters, Ray and Ben. The rest of the engine will be painted once we have completed all our running in trials. But it will look absolutely fantastic once it’s all done.
4555’s boiler is progressing well at Tyseley Loco works. The new door plate is being formed and both the parallel and tapered sections of barrel are nearly finished. The frames are slowly being worked on, but with all efforts going on 75014, progress is slow.
7827 & 4277 have been sharing the duties and have both been performing very well, with only the usual regular maintenance required.
We have taken delivery of 5542, which will stay with us until the end of September. It has done it’s clearance trials and stem test and will be stored at Paignton until mid May when its first scheduled runs start. This, along with 7820 which arrives for a second summer holiday in June, will provide much needed cover for us after 5239’s withdrawal last year and the mountain of work required to return 75014 to life.