Before Christmas we concentrated on finishing off the boiler and firebox cladding, then dismantling it all so that the boiler could be examined in preparation for its overhaul. Since when we have started drilling out the firebox stays at Bewdley before the boiler heads north.
The operating levers for the dampers and cylinder drain cocks have been overhauled, with new pins and bushes where needed and grease nipples fitted. They are mounted under the cab floor in a very rust-prone environment.
An internal splasher which fills the gap between the left hand sidetank and the loco frames, to prevent water, oil and general dirt getting through to the inside motion. This one covers the centre driving wheel, going forward from the front of the firebox.
On the driver's (right hand) side of the loco, a 7'6" long splash plate performs the same function. A flange has yet to be welded onto the top edge for bolting the plate to the sidetank. The hinged red door attached to the frames will provide maintenance access to the rear of the vacuum pump.
The driver's side rear balance pipe in position behind the cab steps. These extremely heavy castings allow water to flow from the sidetanks to the water space in the bunker and vice versa. Apologies for the lack of focus!
A recent arrival was the combining valve, which controls the flow of steam to the sight feed lubricator as the regulator is opened, and has been away for machining. A stainless steel valve spindle is yet to be machined, but it is otherwise complete.
Photos: John Whitcomb