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A Bewilderment of Boilers

Part Two

Thanks to all those members who have written to point out that in Part 1, I had managed to bewilder myself, and so by the time I reached the next to last paragraph, put in the wrong Boiler Number. The number should have been 27937 not 29301. Thanks especially to Mr B.J.Harding who not only pointed out the error but also gave me information on other boilers for which I am most grateful.

Looking at the history of each individual boiler the following will be given:-

1/. The engine number at the time the boiler was applied

2/. The date of application to, and the date of removal from, an Engine of a boiler, and summarised as working life (WL). In the early years Boilers tended to stay with an Engine for up to 6years, and in that time the Engine would make several visits to the Works for Repairs, no time has been deducted from the WL for these visits.

3/. The length of time under repair, in store, or out of used, and summarised generally as Out of Use (OOU). No time has been added to the OOU for the time Engines may have been in Works for repair whilst retaining a particular boiler.

4/. The summation of 2/. and 3/. to give a total life span for the boiler, and the total number of engines to which the boiler was applied.

BOILER No. 8905 (Renumbered 29301).

Eng. No. 2509 7- 9-35 to 20-10-41 (WL 6yrs 1mth), OOU 6mnths, on to Eng No. 4467 11- 4- 42 to 21-3- 47 (WL 4yrs 11mths), OOU 7mths ,on to Eng No.11 29-10-47 to 26- 4- 50 (WL 2yrs 6mths ), OOU 3mnths, on to Eng No.60019 28-7-50 to 8-1-52 (WL 1yr 6mths), OOU 6mths and renumbered 29301, on to Eng No. 60022 4-7-52 to 4-3-54 (WL 1yr 8mths), OOU 1yr 2mths, on to Eng No.60033 14-5-55 to 26-4-56 (WL 11mths), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 60027 27-7-56 to 8-1-58 (WL 1yr 6mths)

OOU 2mths, on to Eng No.60033 5-3-58 to 11-5-59 (WL 1yr 2mths), OOU 5mths, Then on to Class A3 No.60055 28-10-59 to 4-9-61 (WL 1yr 11mnths),OOU 1yr, on to Class A3 No.60062 22-9-62 to withdrawal 26-12-64 (WL 2yrs 3mths). Total WL 24yrs 4mths, Total OOU 4yrs 11mths, Total Life Span 29yrs 3mths. 10 Uses.

BOILER No. 8906 (Believed Renumbered 29286).

Eng No. 2510 21-9-35 to 11-6-40 (WL 4yrs 9mths), OOU 1yr 5mths, returned to Eng No.25107-11-41 to20-8-43 (WL 1yr 9mths),OOU 1yr 9mths, on to Eng No. 8 23-11-46 to2-5-50 (WL 3yrs 6mths), OOU 8mths and believed renumbered 29286, on to Eng No.60030 17-3-51 to 13-8-52 (WL 1yr 5mths) OOU 3mths,on to Eng No.60012 21-11-52 to19-2-54 (WL1yr 3mths) OOU 2mths,on to Eng No.60030 28-4-54 to 30-8-55 (WL1yr 4mths), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No. 60003 27-10-55 to 15-5-57 (WL 1yr 7mths), OOU 5mths, on to Eng No. 60014 30-10-57 to 22-9-59 (WL 1yr 11mths), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 60013 12-12-59 to 3-5-61 (WL1yr 6mths), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No. 60030 28-7-61 To withdrawal 29-12-62 (WL 1yr 5mths). Total WL 20yrs 5mths, Total OOU 6yrs 10mths, Total Life Span 27yrs 3mths. 10 Uses.

BOILER No. 8907 (Renumbered 29296).

Eng No. 2511 5-11-35 to 26-2-40 (WL 4yrs 3mths), here is a good one, the boiler must have been refurbished and then put into the "spare" pool (OOU 1yr 1mth), and was then reallocated to Eng No.2511 2-4-41 to 26-4-46 (WL 5yrs 1mth), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 22 1-8-46 to16-1-48 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 9mths, on to Eng No.60020 1-10-48 to 18-3-50 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No. 60006 31-5-50 to 14-4-53 (WL 2yrs 11mths) [ Note renumbered to 29296 17-10-51 whist still in service with Eng No. 60006], OOU 8mths, on to Eng No. 60033 3-12-53 to25-3-55 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 4mths, on to Eng No.60008 8-7-55 to withdrawal 12-11-56 (WL 1yr 4mths). Total WL 17yrs 9mths, Total OOU 3yrs 3mths, Total Life Span 21yrs 0mths. 7 Uses.

BOILER No. 8908 (Never Renumbered).

Eng No. 2512 18-12-35 to 8-4-40 (WL 4yrs 5mths), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 2510 20-7-40 to 22-9-41 (WL 1yr 2mths), OOU 5mths, on to Eng No.4489 21-2-42 to 23-3-46 (WL 4yrs 1mth), apparently stored,(or maybe used as a Stationary Boiler ???) refurbished, into "spare" pool (OOU 3yrs 3mths), on to Eng No. 60013 20-5-49 to 28-9-50 (WL 1yr 4mths), believe boiler withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 11yrs 0mths, Total OOU 3yrs 10mths, Total Life Span 14yrs 10mths. 4 Uses.

BOILER No.8945 (Believe Renumbered 29271).

Eng No. 4482 22-12-36 to 5-6-41(WL 4yrs 7mths), OOU 8mths, on to Eng No.4496 30-1-42 to 16-10-46 (WL 4yrs 9mths), OOU 11mths, on to Eng No. 24 14-11-47 to22-7-50 (WL 2yrs 8mths), OOU 2mths and believe renumbered to 29271, on to Eng No. 60007 27-9-50 to12-3-52 (WL 1yr 6mths), OOU 7mths, on to Eng No. 60013 8-10-52 to 16-2-54 (WL1yr 4mths), believe boiler withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 14yrs 10mths, Total OOU 2yrs 4mths, Total Life Span 17yrs 2mths. 5 Uses.

BOILER No. 8946 (Renumbered 29299).

Eng No. 4483 26-12-36 to 18-9-41 (WL 4yrs 10mths), OOU 5mths, on to Eng No.4498 21-2-42 to 12-1-47 (WL 4yrs 11mths), OOU 5mths, on to Eng No.29 4-6-47 to 28-5-48 (WL 11mths),OOU 9mths, on to Eng No.60003 4-3-49 to28-2-50 (WL 11mths), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No. 60024 28-4-50 to 29-12-53 (WL 3yrs 8mths) [Note Renumbered to 29299 on 12-3-52, whilst still in service with Eng No. 60024], OOU 3mths, on to Eng No.6002110-3-54 to 3-5-55 (WL 1yr 2mths), OOU 6mths, on to Class A3 Eng No.60085 11-11-55 to 26-9-58 (WI 2yrs 10mths), OOU 5mths, on to Class A3 Eng No. 60095 6-2-59 to10-4-61 (WL 2yrs 2mths), OOU 6mths, on to Class A3 Eng No.60050 19-10-61to withdrawal 11-6-63 (WL 1yr 8mths). Total WL 23yrs 1mth, Total OOU 3yrs 5mths, Total Life Span 26yrs 6mths. 9 Uses

BOILER No. 8947 (Believe Renumbered 29292).

Eng No. 4484 23-1-37 to 7-6-43 (WL 6yrs 5mths), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 4902 24-9-43 to21-3-49 (WL 5yrs 6mths), OOU 10mths, on to Eng No.60029 13-1-50 to 24-4-51 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 4mths, believe renumbered to 29292 during this period, on to Eng No. 60001 2-8-51 to 30-12-53 (WL 2yrs 5mths), OOU2mths, on to Eng No. 60023 1-3-54 to 10-6-55 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No. 60029 19-8-55 to 7-1-57 (WL 1yr 5mths), believe boiler withdrawn from service. Total WL 18yrs 3mths, Total OOU 1yr 9mths, Total Life Span 20yrs 0mths. 6Uses.

BOILER No. 8948 (Renumbered 29307).

ENG No. 4485 20-2-37 to 12-3-40 (WL 3yrs 1mth), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No.4486 5-7-40 to14-11-41 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 6mths, on to Eng No. 4497 16-5-42 to 16-6-47 (WL 5yrs 1mth), OOU9mths, on to Eng No.60022 5-3-48 to 18-7-49 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No. 60026 23-9-49 to 12-6-51 (WL 1yr 8mths),OOU 2yrs 8mths, and renumbered 29307, on to Class A3 Eng No. 60095 19-2-54 to 25-5-57 (WL 3yrs 3mths), OOU5mths, on to Eng No. 60028 2-11-57 to 28-4-59 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 60010 10-7-59 to 4-10-62 (WL 3yrs 3mths ), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 6000431-12-62 to 17-7-66 (WL 3yrs 8mths), Boiler withdrawn with Engine. Total WL 28yrs 1mth, Total OOU 5yrs 4mths, Total Life Span 29yrs 5mths.

BOILER No. 8949 (Believe Renumbered 29287).

Eng No.4486 13-3-37 to 31-5-40 (WL 3yrs 2mths), OOU 1yr 6mths, on to Eng No. 4483 6-11-41 to29-12-42, (WL 1yr 1mth) OOU 8mths, on to ENG no.4463 22-8-43 to 28-8-48 (WL 5yrs 0mths), OOU 9mths, onto Eng No. 60033 6-5-49 to 3-10-50 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 5mths and believe renumbered to 29287, on to Eng No.60032 22-3-51 to 16-9-52 (WL 1yr 6mths). Believe Boiler withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 12yrs 2mths, Total OOU 3yrs 4mths, Total Life Span 15 yrs 6mths. 5 Uses.

BOILER No. 8950 (Renumbered 29293).

Eng No.4487 20-3-37 to 13-3-39 (WL 2yrs 0mths), OOU3mths, on to Eng No. 4491 30-9-39 to21-7-43 (WL 3yrs 10mths), OOU4mths, on to Eng No. 4492 20-11-43 to 5-4-49 (WL 5yrs 5mths), OOU 11mths, on to Eng No. 60021 31-3-50 to 15-10-52 (WL 2yrs 7mths). [Note renumbered to 29293 on 8-8-51 whilst still in service with Eng No.60021].Believe Boiler withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 13yrs 10mths, Total OOU 1yr 9mths, Total Life Span 15yrs 7mths. 4Uses.

BOILER No. 8951 (Believe Renumbered 29282).

Eng No. 4488 29-6-37 to 21-9-40 (WL 3yrs 3mths), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No.4903 27-12-40 to 8-8-42 (WL 1yr 8mths), OOU 1yr 0mths, on to Eng No. 4465 7-8-43 to 11-8-48 (WL 5yrs 0mths), OOU 1yr 1mth, believe renumbered in this period to 29282, on to Eng No. 60028 8-9-49 to 11-9-50 (WL 1yr 0mths), OOU 4mths, on to Eng No. 60022 10-1-51 to 27-5-52 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 2yrs 0mths, on to Eng No. 60002 6-5-54 to 8-8-55 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No. 60025 5-10-55 to 1-4-57 (WL 1yr 6mths), OOU4mths, on to Eng No. 60026 15-8-57 to 27-11-58 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 4mths, on to Eng No. 60018 14-3-59 to 9-1-61 (WL 1yr 10mths), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 60028 18-4-61 to 29-12-62, Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 19yrs 9mths, Total OOU 5yrs 9mths, Total Life Span 25yrs 6mths. 10 Uses.

BOILER No.8952 (Believe Renumbered to 29270).

Eng No. 4489 4-5-37 to 9-1-42 (WL 4yrs 7mths), OOU 7mths, on to Eng No. 4494 21-8-42 to 17-5-47 (WL 4yrs 9mths), OOU 1yr 5mths, on to Eng No. 60019 14-10-48 to 15-6-50 (WL 1yr 8mths), OOU 3mths , believe renumbered to 29270 in this period, on to Eng No. 60017 21-9-50 to 13-5-53 (WL 2yrs 8mths), OOU 8mths, on to Eng No. 60034 13-1-54 to 16-4-55 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU8mths, on to Eng No. 60012 3-12-55 to 19-3-57 (WL1yr 3mths), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No. 60017 18-5-57 to 11-12-58 (WL 1yr 7mths), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 60002 26-3-59 to 19-12-60 (WL 1yr 9mths). Boiler withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 19yrs 7mths, Total OOU 4yrs 0mths, Total Life Span 23yrs 7mths. 8 Uses.

BOILER No. 8953 (Believe Renumbered to 29278).

Eng No. 4490 25-6-37 to 10-9-42 (WL 5yrs 3mths), OOU 10mths, on to Eng No. 4484 21-7-43 to 6-12-49 (WL 6yrs 4mths), OOU 11mths, believe renumbered to 29278 in this period, on to Eng No. 60033 10-11-50 to 7-6-52 (WL 1yr 7mths), OOU 1yr 9mths, on to Eng No. 60013 18-3-54 to 22-4-55 (WL 1yr 1mth), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No.60009 17-6-55 to 1-3-57 (WL 1yr 0mths), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No.60025 10-5-57 to 21-7-58 (WL 1yr 2mths), OOU 5mths , on to Eng No. 60005 10-12-58 to 17-5-60 (WL 1yr 6mths), OOU 3mths , on to Class A3 Eng No. 60060 4-8-60 to 23-9-63 (WL 3yrs 1mth), boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 21yrs 9mths, Total OOU 4yrs 6mths, Total Life Span 26yrs 3mths. 8 Uses

BOILER No. 8954

Eng No. 4491 22-6- 37 to 11-9-39 (WL 2yrs 3mths), OOU 7mths, on to Eng No. 4469 20-4-40 to 6-6-42 (WL 2yrs 2mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine due to bomb damage. Total WL 4yrs 5mths, Total OOU 7mths, Total Life Span 5yrs 0mths. 2 Uses.

BOILER No. 8955

Eng No. 4492 27-6-37 to 13-10-43 (WL 6yrs 4mths), OOU 1yr 3mths, on to Eng No. 4488 13-1-45 to 5-1-46 (WL 1yr 0mths), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 26 18-4-46 to 11-8-49 (WL 3yrs 4mths), OOU10mths, on to Eng No. 60008 14-6-50 to 9-10-51 (WL 1yr 4mths). Boiler withdrawn from service and became Stationary Boiler No. SB961. Total WL 12yrs 0mths, Total OOU 2yrs 4mths, Total Life Span 14yrs 4mths. 4 Uses on Engines, 1 Use as S.B.

BOILER No. 8956 (Renumbered 29281).

Eng No. 4493 26-7-37 to 30-7-42 (WL 5yrs 0mths), OOU7mths, on to Eng No. 4499 11-3-43 to 28-8-46 (WL 3yrs 5mths), OOU 1yr 0mths, on to Eng No. 31 1-8-47 to 15-12-53 (WL 6yrs 4mths). Renumbered 29281on 8-12-50 whilst in service with Eng No. 31(No. 60031 at time of boiler renumbering), OOU 11mths, on to Class A£ Eng No. 60101 16-11-54 to 17-7-57 (WL 2yrs 8mths), OOU 11mths, on to Class A3 Eng No. 60055 17-6-58 to 24-9-59 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU3mths, on to Class A3 Eng No. 60099 5-12-59 to 31-12-60 (WL 1yr 0mths), OOU believe 2yrs then returned to Class A4 Eng No. 60023 10-1-63 to 30-10-64 (WL 1yr 10mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 21yrs 6mths , Total OOU 5yrs 9mths, Total Life Span 27yrs 3mths. 7Uses.

BOILER No.8957 (Believe Renumbered 29289).

Eng No. 4494 12-8-37 to 11-7-42 (WL 4yrs 11mths), OOU3mths, on to Eng No.4490 22-10-42 to 25-9-47 (WL 4yrs 11mths, OOU8mths , on to Eng No. 60009 5-5-48 to 16-6-49 (WL 1yr 1mth), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 60022 16-9-49 to 4-12-50 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 7mths , believe renumbered to 29289 in this period, on to Eng No. 60029 5-6-51 to 16-3-54 (WL 2yrs 9mths), OOU 5mths, on to Eng No. 60028 13-8-54 to 12-1-56 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 2mths, on to Eng No. 60004 28-3-56 to 5-11-57 (WL 1yr 7mths). Believe Boiler withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 17yrs 11mths, Total OOU 2yrs 4mths, Total Life Span 20yrs 3mths.

BOILER No.8958 (Renumbered 29284).

Eng No. 4495 30-8-37 to 25-8-43 (WL 5yrs 0mths), OOU1yr 3mths, on to 2512 25-11-44 to 11-3-49 (WL 4yrs 4mths), OOU 5mths, on to Eng No. 60012 24-8-49 to 21-10-52 (WL 3yrs 2mths),Renumbered 29284 on 9-2-51 whist still in service with Eng No. 60012, OOU 1yr 4mths, on to Eng No. 60001 5-2-54 to 29-6-55 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 3mths, on to Eng No. 60005 1-9-55 to 25-3-57 WL 1yr 6mths), OOU 4mths, on to Eng No. 60003 5-7-57 to 20-12-58 (WL 1yr 5mths). Believe Boiler withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 16yrs 9mths , Total OOU 3yrs 7mths, Total Life Span 20yrs 4mths. 6 Uses.

BOILER No. 8959 (Believe Renumbered to 29297).

Eng No. 4496 4-9-37 to 10-12-41 (WL 4yrs 3mths), OOU 6mths, on to Eng No. 4468 13-6-42 to 11-6-46 WL 4yrs 0mths), OOU11mths, on to Eng No. 32 3-5-47 to 19-2-51 (WL 3yrs 9mths), OOU 9mths believe renumbered to 29297 in this period, on to Eng No. 60015 22-11-51 to 20-3-53 (WL 1yr 4mths). So far no further usage of this boiler has been traced, so presume it may have been withdrawn from service at this date. To Date Total WL 13yrs 4mths, Total OOU 2yrs 2mths, Total Life Span 15yrs 6mths. 4 Uses.

BOILER No. 8960 (Renumbered 29280).

Eng No. 4497 2-10-37 to 3-4-42 (WL 4yrs 6mths), OOU 5mths, on to Eng No. 4493 11-9-42 to 1-5-47 (WL 4yrs 7mths), OOU 7mths,on to Eng No. 34 10-12-47 to 24-6-52 (WL 4yrs 7mths). Renumbered to 29280 on 4-12-50 whist still in service with (by then ) Eng No. 60034. Again no further usage of this boiler has been traced, so presume withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 13yrs 8mths , Total OOU 1yr 0mths, Total Life Span 14yrs 8mths. 3 Uses.

Researched and written by Mel Haigh,
Education Officer, Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust Ltd.
First published in Chime 132, Summer 2004
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