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A Bewilderment of Boilers

Part Four

We start this part with a batch of three boilers that were authorised for building in 1943, I am not certain when exactly they were built, nor am I clear as to why and for what purpose they were built. It is possible that Thompson had these boilers built to enable him to try to find the most suitable boiler for his "new" Pacific Engines. In the event only one boiler was used by Thompson, in the rebuilding of No. 4470 GREAT NORTHERN, the others eventually finding their way onto A4's.

BOILER No. 9487 (Renumbered 29294).

Onto Class A1/1 Eng No. 4470 6-10-45 to 15-9-49 (WL 3yrs 11mths), OOU 6mths, onto Eng No 60002 2-3-50 to 15-1-53 (WL 2yrs 10mths), renumbered to 29294 14-8-51 whilst still in service with Eng No. 60002, OOU4mths, onto Eng No. 60018 1-5-53 to 7-10-54 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 1yr 3mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60063 19-1-56 to 29-12-58 (WL 2yrs 11mths), OOU 7mths , onto Class A3 Eng No. 60039 31-7-59 to 12-4-61 (WL 1yr 9mths), OOU 1yr 6mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60052 12-10-62 to 17-1-66 (WL 3yrs 3mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 16yrs 1mth, Total OOU 4yrs 2mths, Total Life Span 20yrs 3mths. 6 Uses.

BOILER No. 9488 (Renumbered 29302).

Onto Eng No. 21 3-4-47 to 17-1-50 (WL 2yrs 9mths), OOU3mths, onto Eng No.60003 19-4-50 to 3-9-51 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 10mths, renumbered to 29302 and onto Eng No. 60016 10-7-52 to 9-12-53 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 11mths, onto Eng No. 60006 28-10-54 to 7-12-55 (WL 1yr 2mths, OOU3mths, onto Eng No.60028 23-2-56 to 25-9-57 (WL 1yr 7mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60004 5-12-57 to 5-3-59 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 4mths, onto Eng No. 60033 4-7-59 to 22-4-61 (WL 1yr 9mths), OOU 8mths,onto Eng No. 60029 13-12-61 to 20-10-63 (WL 1yr 10mths),. Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 13yrs 3mths, Total OOU 3yrs 6mths, Total Life Span 16yrs 9mths. 8 Uses.

BOILER No. 9489 (Renumbered 29277).

Onto Eng No. 7 6-3-47 to 11-8-50 (WL 3yrs 5mths), OOU 3mths, renumbered to 29277 onto Eng No. 60013 3-11-50 to 26-8-52 (WL 1yr 9mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60021 20-11-52 to 23-1-54 (WL 1yr 2mths), OOU 1yr, onto Eng No. 60011 14-1-55 to 21-3-56 (WL 1yr 2mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60020 18-5-56 to 1-10-57 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 4mths, onto Eng No. 60027 12-2-58 to 4-5-59 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60031 8-7-59 to 18-1-61 (WL 1yr 6mths), OOU 3mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60067 24-4-61 to 29-12-62 (WL 1yr 8mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 13yrs 4mths, Total OOU 2yrs 5mths, Total Life Span 15yrs 9mths. 8 Uses

British Railways ordered the next batch of 10 spare boilers, in 1948, they were probably built in 1950, and the earliest use I can trace is July 1951.These Boilers received British Railways Serial Numbers so did not need renumbering.

BOILER No. 29310

Onto Eng No. 60026 26-7-51 to 16-8-54 (WL 3yrs 1mth), OOU 4mths, onto Eng No. 60014 17-12-54 to 14-3-56 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 1yr, onto Eng No. 60013 29-3-57 to 29-5-58 (WL 1yr 2mths), OOU 6mths, onto Eng No. 60009 18-11-58 to 12-1-60 (WL 1yr 2mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60022 9-3-60 to 27-6-61 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 2mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60082 25-8-61to 2-9-63 (WL 2yrs 1mth). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 10yrs 0mths, Total OOU 2yrs 2mths, Total Life Span 12yrs 2mths. 6 Uses.

BOILER No. 29311

Onto Eng No. 60004 29/2/52 to 8/2/56 (WL 4yrs 0mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60018 17/4/56 to 23/8/57 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 5mths, onto Eng No. 60034 29/1/58 to 10/4/59 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 2yrs 6mths, onto Eng No. 60001 5/10/61 to 12/10/64 (WL 3yrs 0mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 9yrs 7mths, Total OOU 3yrs 1mth, Total Life Span 12yrs 8mths. 4 Uses.

BOILER No. 29312

Onto Eng No. 60003 10/10/51 to 10/5 54 (WL 2yrs 7mths), OOU 6mths, onto Eng No. 60018 17/11/54 to 2/3/56 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60010 1/6/56 to 19/11/57, (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 9mths, onto Eng No. 60008 20/8/58 to 5/5/60 (WL 1yr 9mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60005 14/7/60 to 15/8/62 (WL 2yrs 1mth). Believe Boiler withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 9yrs 2mths, Total OOU 1yr 8mths, Total Life Span 10yrs 10mths. 5 Uses.

BOILER No. 29313

Onto Eng No. 60033 13/6/52 to 28/10/53 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 6mths, onto Eng No. 60016 14/1/54 to 16/8/55 (WL 1yr 7mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60030 14/10/55 to 5/12/56 (WL 1yr 2mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60029 21/2/57 to 12/8/58 (WL 1yr 6mths), OOU 6mths, onto Eng No. 60003 11/2/59 to 29/12/60 (WL 1yr 10mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60031 15/3/61 to 25/4/63 (WL 2yrs 1mth). Believe Boiler withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 9yrs 4mths, Total OOU 1yr 5mths, Total Life Span 10yrs 9mths. 6 Uses.

BOILER NO. 29314

Onto Eng No. 60008 9/11/51 to 17/5/54 (WL 2yrs 7mths), OOU 4mths, onto Eng No. 60026 24/9/54 to 31/1/56 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60007 13/4/56 to 12/11/57 (WL 1yr 7mths), OOU 8mths, onto Eng No. 60013 4/7/58 to 7/11/59 (WL1yr 4mths), OOU 3mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60064 6/2/60to 4/9/61(WL 1yr 7mths), OOU 7mths, onto Class A£ Eng No. 60066 19/4/62 to 8/9/63 (WL 1yr 5mths), Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 9yrs 9mths, Total OOU 2yrs 1mth, Total Life Span 11yrs 10mths. 6 Uses.

BOILER No. 29315

Onto 60014 4/1/52 to 10/6/53 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 10mths, onto Eng No. 60022 23/4/54 to 24/4/57 (WL 3yrs 0mths0, OOU 5mths , onto Eng No. 60019 6/9/57 to 30/10/58 (WL 1yr 1mth). Believe Boiler withdrawn from service at this date. Total WL 5yrs 6mths, Total OOU 1yr 3mths, Total Life Span 6yrs 9mths . 3 Uses.

BOILER No. 29316

Onto Eng No. 60027 6/6/52 to 5/1/55 (WL 2yrs 7mths), OOU 7mths, onto Eng No. 60001 4/8/55 to 1/11/56 (WL1yr 3mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60030 23/1/57 to 2/4/58 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60012 18/7/58 to 19/10/59 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 7mths, onto Eng No. 60027 19/5/60 to 30/11/61 (WL 1yr 6mts), OOU 4mths, onto Eng No. 60032 22/3/62 to 20/10/63 (WL 1yr 7mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 9yrs 5mths, Total OOU 1yr 11mths, Total Life Span 11yrs 4mths. 6 Uses.

BOILER No. 29317

Onto Eng No. 60019 2/12/52 to 3/5/53 (WL 5mths), OOU 8mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60099 20/1/54 to 9/6/58 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 2mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60054 29/8/58 to 9/2/60 (WL 1yr 6mths), OOU 11mths , onto Class A3 Eng No. 60086 6/1/61to 18/11/63 (WL 2yrs 10mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 6yrs 2mths, Total OOU 1yr 9mths, Total Life Span 7yrs 11mths. 4 Uses.

BOILER No. 29318

Onto Eng No. 60028 22/2/52 to 5/7/54 (WL2yrs 5mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60015 19/10/54 to 2/1/56 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60026 9/3/56 to 22/6/57 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 3mths, onto60006 25/9/57 to 7/7/59 (WL 1yr 10mths), OOU 11mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60085 8/6/60 to 12/3/62 (WL 1yr 9mths), OOU 2mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60054 10/5/62 to 28/6/64 (WL 2yrs 1mth),. Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 10yrs 7mths, Total OOU 1yr 9mths, Total Life Span 12yrs 4mths. 6 Uses.

BOILER No. 29319

Onto Eng No. 60007 17/4/52 to 14/9/53 (WL1yr 5mths), OOU 4mths, onto Eng No. 60024 30/1/54 to 18/2/57 (WL 3yrs 1mth), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 600009 5/4/57 to 8/10/58 (WL 1yr 6mths, OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60019 13/12/58 to 8/2/60 (WL 1yr 2mths), OOU 1yr 4mths, onto Eng No. 60024 15/6/61 to 5/9/66 (WL 5yrs 3mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 12yrs 5mths, Total OOU 2yrs 0mths, Total Life Span 14yrs 5mths. 5 Uses

Researched and written by Mel Haigh,
Education Officer, Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust Ltd.
First published in Chime 134, Christmas 2004
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