No. 66 Hunslet No. 3890 of 1964
Progress on this locomotive has now gathered pace again.
The centre axle horn guides have been machined ready for a trial fitting of the axle boxes, the axle box brasses are in the process of being bored.
A lot of work is currently under way cleaning down all of the brake gear ready for painting.
The new steel firebox will be ordered in the next month, and once complete will be fitted by Locomotive Maintenance Services. The completed boiler is due to return late in 2011.
Swanscombe Andrew Barclay No.699 of 1891
This locomotive is coming to the end of a complete motion & valve gear overhaul, this has included a rebore including new pistons, rings and piston rods. All of the motion has had new pins fitted.
The boiler has passed it's final steam test.
The locomotive will be in service on the 2nd May 2010 for the first time since it's overhaul.
W.G.Bagnall No. 2469 of 1932
This locomotive has never steamed in preservation and is unusual in having roller bearing axles. The owner of this locomotive has asked the Engineering Department to carry out the boiler repair on this locomotive. An attempt to remove the brass tubes was made several years ago, without success. The tubes have been removed and the boiler has received a preliminary inspection, and the boiler is in surprisingly good order.
The work required at this stage is to repair some local grooving between two washout plugs on the front tubeplate, a new washout plug boss and a full retube. The locomotive will also be equipped with a vacuum ejector, which will allow it to operate passenger trains at the centre.