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A Bewilderment of Boilers

Part Six

In the last part we saw that the two batches of 5 Boilers were under used due to the changes in policy in the early Sixties. The original plan appears to have been to carry on with Steam for possibly another ten years and then Electrify the System. With that in mind further batches (10+15) of Diagram 107 Boilers were built in the period 1959 to 1961. These along with the boilers built in 1951(10), 1953 (5), and 1957 (5), would give a total of 45 "new" boilers for use with the 34 Class A4 Engines, more than enough to see out the lives of the Class. The Change in policy came as these boilers were being built and it is a mystery as to why the orders were not revoked, as will be seen some boilers were only just lucky enough to get any use at all.

BOILER No. 29330

Onto Eng No. 60004 16/4/59 to 5/12/60 (WL 1yr 8mths), OOU 5mths, onto Eng No. 60014 12/4/61 to 29/12/62 (WL 1yr 8mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 3yrs 4mths, Total OOU 5mths, Total Life Span 3yrs 9mths. 2 Uses.

BOILER No. 29331

Onto Eng No. 60007 16/4/59 to 25/8/60 (WL 1yr 4mths) OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60011 28/10/60 to 29/3/62 (WL 1yr 5mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60025 20/6/62 to 20/10/63 (WL 1yr 5mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 4yrs 1mth, Total OOU 5mths, Total Life Span 4yrs 6mths. 3Uses.

BOILER No. 29332

Onto Eng No. 60015 14/5/59 to 1/12/60 (WL 1yr 7mths), OOU 2mths, onto Class A1/1 Eng No. 60113 2/2/61 to 19/11/62 (WL 1yr 9mths), OOU 2yrs 4mths, onto Eng No. 60019 24/3/65 to 5/9/66 (WL 1yr 6mths). Boiler taken into preservation with Engine. Total WL 4yrs 10mths, Total OOU 2yrs 6mths, Total Life Span 7yrs 4mths. 3Uses.

Boiler 29332

BOILER No. 29333

Onto Eng No. 60034 14/5/59 to 26/9/60 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 4mths, onto Eng No.60004 25/1/61 to 13/11/62 (WL 1yr 10mths), OOU 8mths, onto Eng No. 60031 4/7/63 to 29/10/65 (WL 2yrs 3mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 5yrs 5mths, Total OOU 1yr 0mths, Total Life Span 6yrs 5mths. 3 uses.

BOILER No. 29334

Onto Eng No. 60011 27/5/59 to 13/9/60 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60006 29/12/60 to 7/8/62(WL 1yr 8mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60005 2/11/62 to 12/3/64 (WL 1yr 4mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 4yrs 4mths, Total OOU 6mths, Total LIFE Span 4yrs 10mths. 3 Uses.

BOILER No. 29335

Onto Eng No. 60019 16/3/60 to 12/3/62 (WL 2yrs 0mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60008 17/5/62 to 20/7/63 (WL 1yr 2mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 3yrs 2mths, Total OOU 2mths, Total Life Span 3yrs 4mths. 2 Uses. Engine shipped to U.S.A. for preservation 27/4/64.

BOILER No. 29336

Onto Eng No.60029 8/4/60 to 6/11/61 (WL 2yrs 0mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60027 18/1/62 to 3/9/65 (WL 3yrs 8mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 5yrs 3mths, Total OOU 2mths, Total Life Span 5yrs 5mths. 2 Uses.

BOILER No. 29337

Onto Eng No. 60023 10/6/60 to 21/11/62 (WL 2yrs 5mths), OOU 1yr, onto Eng No. 60009 6/11/63 to 1/6/66 (WL 2yrs 7mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 5yrs 0mths, Total OOU 1yr, Total Life Span 6yrs 0mths. 2 Uses. Engine sold for preservation 7/66.

BOILER No. 29338

Onto Eng No. 60025 16/6/60 to 28/12/61 (WL 1yr 6mths), OOU 8mths, onto Eng No. 60016 17/8/62 to 19/3/65 (WL 2yrs 7mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 4yrs 9mths, Total OOU 8mths, Total Life Span 4yrs 9mths. 2 Uses.

BOILER No. 29339

Boiler never fitted to a Class A4 Engine

Onto Class A3 Eng No. 60043 5/8/60 to 20/12/61 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU2mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60097 9/2/62 to 24/8/63 (WL 1yr 6mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 2yrs 10mths, Total OOU 2mths, Total Life Span 3yrs 0mths. 2 Uses.

Strangely the next 15 boilers did not receive serial numbers that followed on from the above boilers but reverted to numbers in the 27xxx series, could it be that these boilers, although Diagram 107, were to be classed as spares for Class A3 Engines. Of the boilers in use on the Class A3 Engines at that time, most were also numbered in the 27xxx series, or was it just that these numbers were spare in the register, and were used to keep the paperwork tidy.

Curiously the first Boiler of this batch was put into service approximately a year before the last 4 Boilers of the previous batch were put to work.

Boiler 27966

BOILER No. 27960

Onto Eng No. 60020 25/8/59 to 7/4/61 (WL 1yr 8mths), OOU 2mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60038 2/6/61 to 18/11/63 (WL 2yrs 5mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 4yrs 1mth, Total OOU 2mths, Total Life Span 4yrs 3mths. 2 Uses.

BOILER No. 27961

Onto Eng No. 60024 7/1/60 to 24/4/61 (WL 1yr 3mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60009 19/7/61 to 16/7/63 (WL 2yrs 0mths). Boiler only withdrawn at this date. Total WL 3yrs 3mths, Total OOU 3mths, Total Life Span 3yrs 6mths. 2 Uses.

BOILER No. 27962

Onto Eng No. 60030 18/11/59 to 13/3/61 (WL 1yr 7mths), OOU 2mths, onto Class A3 Eng No. 60094 16/8/61 to 24/2/64 (WL 2yrs 6mths).Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 4yrs 1mth, Total OOU 2mths, Total Life Span 4yrs 3mths. 2 Uses.

BOILER No. 27963

Onto Eng No. 60012 21/11/59 to 20/8/64 (WL 4yrs 9mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date.

Total WL and Total Life Span 4yrs 9mths. 1 Use.

BOILER No. 27964

Onto Eng No. 60008 30/6/60 to 28/3/62 (WL 1yr 9mths), OOU 3mths, onto Eng No. 60034 1/6/62 to 24/8/66 (WL 4yrs 2mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 5yrs 11mths, Total OOU 3mths Total Life Span 6yrs 2mths. 2 Uses.

BOILER No. 27965

Onto 60009 17/2/60 to 1/6/61 (WL 1yr 4mths), OOU 2mths, onto Eng No. 60022 10/8/61 to 25/4/63 (WL 1yr 8mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 3yrs 0mths, Total OOU 2mths, Total Life Span 3yrs 2mths. 2 Uses Engine into preservation at the National Railway Museum.

BOILER No. 27966

Onto Eng No. 60016 8/7/60 to 31/5/62 (WL 1yr 10mths), OOU 5mths, onto Eng No. 60007 25/10/62 to 1/2/66 (WL 3yrs 4mths).Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 5yrs 2mths, Total OOU 5mths, Total Life Span 5yrs 7mths. Boiler into preservation with Engine, bought by the A4 Locomotive Society Ltd. 5/66. Boiler still extant, in it's 45th year, and is currently undergoing a full overhaul in the N.Y.M.R. Boiler Shop.

Boiler 27966

BOILER No. 27967

Onto Eng No, 60033 8/6/61 to 29/12/62 (WL 1yr 6mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL and Total Life Span 1yr 6mths. 1 Use.

BOILER No. 27968

Boiler never fitted to a Class A4 Engine

Onto Class A3 Eng No. 60039 2/6/61 to 14/3/63 (WL 1yr 9mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL and Total Life Span 1yr 9mths. 1 Use.

BOILER No. 27969

Onto Eng No. 60013 29/6/61 to 18/4/63 (WL 1yr 10mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL and Total Life Span 1yr 10mths. 1 Use.

BOILER No. 27970

Onto Eng No. 60007 7/10/60 to 9/8/62 (WL 1yr 10mths), OOU 4mths, onto Eng No. 60010 5/12/62 to 29/5/65). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 4yrs 3mths, Total OOU 4mths, Total Life Span 4yrs 7mths. Boiler into preservation with Engine, shipped to Canada 10/4/67.

BOILER No. 27971

Onto Eng No. 60017 26/10/60 to 1/3/62 (WL 1yr 5mths). Boiler withdrawn at this date. Total WL and Total Life Span 1yr 5mths. 1 Use.

BOILER No. 27972

Onto Eng No. 60026 21/10/60 to 4/6/62 (WL 1yr 8mths), OOU 4mths, onto Eng No. 60006 10/10/62 to 3/9/65 (WL 2yrs 11mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL 4yrs 7mths, Total OOU 4mths, Total Life Span 4yrs 11mths. 2 Uses.

BOILER No. 27973

Boiler never fitted to a Class A4 Engine

Onto Class A3 Eng No. 60109 27/1/61 to 29/12/62 (WL 1yr 11mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date. Total WL and Total Life Span 1yr 11mths. 1 Use.

BOILER No. 27974

Onto Eng No. 60003 2/2/61 to 29/12/62 (WL 1yr 10mths). Boiler withdrawn with Engine at this date.

Total WL and Total Life Span 1yr 10mths. 1 Use.

Researched and written by Mel Haigh,
Education Officer, Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust Ltd.
First published in Chime 136, Summer 2005
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