On behalf of the London Transport Museum, we are overhauling the Quainton Railway Society’s 0-4-4 tank engine, No 1, built by the Metropolitan Railway in Neasden, London in 1898. We overhauled it ten years ago, although our work was mostly confined to the boiler and the wheels, so that it has needed significant repairs to the frames. The locomotive is being prepared to run through the old Metropolitan line tunnels past Paddington, Euston and Kings Cross to Moorgate in January, 2013, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the world's first underground railway, and then to operate on heritage lines to recoup the cost of the repairs. It is believed to be numbered 1 because it was described in the accounts as a rebuild of the 1863 locomotive, so that its entire cost could be offset against the 1898 profits rather than being depreciated over many years.
Met 1 has now been re-wheeled and the motion installed. The boiler went into the frames on 17 October and it passed its steam test on 19 November, so that it can now be run in before moving to London for trials in December.
On behalf of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Trust we are overhauling 1942-built GWR 0-6-0 pannier 4612, which we had delivered, fully overhauled, to Bodmin in 2001. After running for 10 years without problems, it now requires a ‘heavy general’ overhaul, which will include plate replacement on the firebox and new tyres.
On behalf of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Trust we overhauled the boiler of 1916-built GWR 2-8-0 tank 4247 (owned by 4247 Ltd), which needed a complete new steel backhead along with other significant work: the work also involved a lot more than just the boiler. It took just over a year and 4700 hours, 60% on the boiler. 4247 returned to Bodmin in November 2011.
We have completed a heavy general overhaul of the Kerr-Stuart (#3063) 0-4-0 well-tank, supplied new to the National Shipyard in Chepstow in 1918, for use as the Flour Mill’s works shunter. After running in at Sir William McAlpine’s private railway near Henley, it appeared at the Welland Steam Rally in late September 2012 and is now back in use at the Flour Mill.
In 2009 we put new tyres on Sir William McAlpine’s Hudswell Clarke (#1026) 0-6-0 No. 31 supplied new to McAlpine’s in 1913, and it has now returned to the Flour Mill for its ten-year boiler overhaul in advance of its centenary year.
We have overhauled the ex-LSWR ‘Greyhound’, 4-4-0 no. 120, later BR T9 no. 30120, built in London at Nine Elms in 1899. Owned by the National Railway Museum, it is on loan to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.
On behalf of the Whitecliff Improvement Company we have undertaken a heavy general overhaul of the 2’ 6” gauge Manning Wardle (#1877) 0-6-2 Chevallier
, supplied new to the Admiralty in 1915. The locomotive is presently at the London Zoological Society’s railway at Whipsnade.
We have built a new replica of Stephenson’s 0-2-2 Rocket
, on behalf of the National Railway Museum, incorporating the driving wheels, cylinders, chimney and some fittings from the previous replica.
We are undertaking exploratory work on the boiler of GWR ‘small prairie’ 2-6-2 5538 on behalf of Pull Push Ltd, and have commenced work on the frames, initially preparing for the installation of new cylinders.
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On behalf of Mary Mahabir we overhauled this 1944 Robert Stephenson 'Austerity' 0-6-0, formerly known as 68005 on the Embsay Railway. It had new cylinder liners and extensive plate replacement to the outer firebox, done urgently to be ready for the opening of the Pontypool & Blaenavon's extension in May 2010 – all told 3250 hours, of which about half was spent on the boiler.
In 2011 we completed a full overhaul (3500 hours, only about 20% on the boiler) of 1944 Hunslet ‘Austerity’ Sapper
on behalf of Road and Rail Steam Services. The locomotive is now based on the East Lancashire Railway.
In 2009 we took delivery of the frames of No. 8, a 1944 Robert Stephenson Austerity 0-6-0, on behalf of Phil Williams, and 2011 the boiler. The locomotive is being completely overhauled from a completely derelict state with many missing parts.
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This 1944 Hunslet ‘Austerity’, which belongs to the National Railway Museum but is on long-term loan to the Flour Mill, is awaiting a heavy general overhaul.