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Sir Nigel Gresley is now out of traffic for overhaul. This will probably take three years and cost about £750,000. If you would like to make a donation towards this overhaul please click on one of the the donate buttons.


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A progress report for the overhaul may be found here.
 


From Overhaul January 2018

Painting team leader Peter Brackstone applies the first coat of gloss to the coupled wheels.
Photograph: T Camp/SNGLT.

4 January 2018

The trailing coupled wheelset make a fine sight with a complete first coat of gloss.
Photograph: T Camp/SNGLT.

4 January 2018

At Llangollen the firebox crown plate has been lowered at the tubeplate end and a template of the new tubeplate tried in place.
Photograph: Paul Aston.

4 January 2018

The injectors and damper cross shaft have been fitted to allow the accurate positioning of the pipework beneath the cab.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

6 January 2018

New bushes are being fitted to the drain cock valves to mininise steam leakage around the valve spindles. Two of the old bushes are in the foreground.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

6 January 2018

The boiler blanking plates will be fitted to the boiler during testing to close up the holes where the boiler fittings are located.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

6 January 2018

The middle upper slide bar on the forklift on its way to be measured for flatness of the surface the crosshead runs against.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

13 January 2018

The studs have been removed from the superheater face where the middle steam pipe connects. This will allow the full face to be repaired and dressed.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

13 January 2018

The cylinder drain cocks have two integral valves. An automatic pressure relief valve and a poppet valve operated by the driver to allow the cylinders to be drained. Both parts of the six valve units have now been overhauled.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

13 January 2018

The coupled wheels have now received two coats of black gloss. Nearly there just the varnishing to be done.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

13 January 2018

The coupling rods now next to the engine. There overhaul has started.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

13 January 2018

The cab floor plate extends the full width of the loco with its outer edges forming the footplating outside the cabsides.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

13 January 2018

The boiler is now on its back to allow work on the roof plate in the combustion chamber. The boiler was taken in to the yard at Llangollen and when turned returned to the workshop.
Photograph: Paul Aston.

19 January 2018

The cylinder drain cocks have been refitted temporarily to the outside cylinders to allow the operating linkage to be located and examined for fit.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

20 January 2018

The superheater header middle front plate is in front of the header. The face that seals against the header has been thoroughly cleaned off and examined.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

20 January 2018

The lower surface of the cab floor plate cleaned and now with a coat of undercoat.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

20 January 2018

The floor plate sits across the rear of the loco frames so the painting of this area has also been carried out so that it can be fitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

20 January 2018

The first two new valve heads have been delivered to the NRM for inspection and they are very good. When we receive the final two all will have the centre key ways cut in them.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

20 January 2018

The bogie wheels are finished in gloss and are receiving a bit of tidy up around their edges. They are yet to be varnished.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

20 January 2018

The bogie axle boxes were delivered last week and I overlooked including a photo of them. Here they are on the pallet in the NRM workshop.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

20 January 2018

The clackboxes are being machined by TT Elecmech of Darlington. One of the castings is on the lathe having the valve threads cut.
Photograph: Tom Jones.

24 January 2018

New plate in the front left of the ashpan.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

27 January 2018

The crankpin bushes were pressed out of the coupling rods this week and the rods are shown set up for measurement.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

27 January 2018

The leading right coupling rod bush. The key stops the bush from rotating in the rod and the oily felt controls the flow of lubricating oil to the crackpin. The ring is fitted between the rod and the wheel to provide a side thrust bearing face.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

27 January 2018

The dragbox area of the loco is receiving further coats of paint before the floor plate is fitted and prevents further access.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

27 January 2018

The superheater header element holes are being reamed to take out ovality and taper.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

27 January 2018

The brake gear removal from the tender continues.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

27 January 2018

The GSMR equipment is mounted on a rack fitted in the tender corridor vestibule. It has been dismantled and is being repaired and prepared for repainting.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

27 January 2018

The clackboxes at the works of TT Elecmech where they are being machined. The reconditioned valves are fitted to the clackbox castings to check fit and allow an intermediate pressure test.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

29 January 2018

At Llangollen the new firebox tubeplate is being marked for its flange to be drilled prior to fitting.
Photograph: Paul Aston.

1 February 2018

The regulator cross shaft and stuffing box have been trial mounted on the backhead of the boiler.
Photograph: Paul Aston.

1 February 2018

The right side coupling rods have had their bushes pressed out and are being examined for defects.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

3 February 2018

The platework that stands on the cab floorplate and supports the wooden floor. The green primer painted plate can be reused, the plates beyond require replacement.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

3 February 2018

The left outside connecting rod has had its bushes removed and is measured. The rod projecting from the big end bearing hole allows a long internal micrometer to be used to check the bearing centres.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

3 February 2018

The six lower slidebars have been on the surface table in the NRM Workshop and been measured for wear.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

3 February 2018

The reaming of the superheater element holes continues.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

3 February 2018

The bogie wheelsets have been moved back on to the rail in front of the loco.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

3 February 2018

The inspection of the coupling rods has continued with the ends inspected for cracks.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

6 February 2018

The tender coal space and the top of the corridor is being descaled. A large amount of material has been removed.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

6 February 2018

The little end, or gudgeon pins have been thoroughly prepared for examination. They have now been measured for wear.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

6 February 2018

The tyre edges on the bogie wheels have been cleaned off, the trailing set has been turned round to get it the right way round and the protective covers removed from the journals. The wheelsets sit on the NRM workshop wheel drop, originally part of York North depot.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

6 February 2018

The ashpan back right back corner has received further new plate.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

6 February 2018

The inside connecting rod has been retrieved from store, cleaned up and a start made on measuring it as part of its examination.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

6 February 2018

The clamp that pulls the regulator valve on to the internal steam pipe inside of the the boiler barrel was retrieved from store this week and prepared to be sent to Llangollen.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

6 February 2018

At Llangollen work progresses on the tube plate and the regulator set up. This photo shows inside the stuffing box on the backhead with the reach rod that goes through the boiler to the regulator valve.
Photograph: Paul Aston.

7 February 2018

The floor plate is lowered in to position by Roger Turnbull and Ian Seales.
Photograph: Malc Bateman.

8 February 2018

The rear cab upstand is lowered in to position.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT.

14 February 2018

The bogie wheel journals and thrust faces are polished to a high standard before fitting the axleboxes. The wheelsets sit on the NRM workshops wheeldrop.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone.

15 February 2018

The bogie axleboxes are in the process of being fitted. Andy Lowes puts in the oil wedges on the left side boxes.
Photograph: Richard Swales.

17 February 2018

The outside upper slidebars have been inspected for possible cracking around their mounting holes. No defects have been found.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

17 February 2018

The right side bogie axleboxes have been fitted and are put to one side.
Photograph: Malc Bateman.

17 February 2018

Not mentioned in the report but measuring the moving parts of the locomotive continues. Here the inside connecting rod receives the attention of the Chief Mechanical Engineers micrometers.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

17 February 2018

The rubber springs for the bogie and coupled wheels were assembled this week. Supplied as separate steel and rubber plates they are glued together with a high strength two part adhesive.
Photograph: Darrin Crone.

17 February 2018

Overhaul Photographs:
September 2015 to June 2016
July to December 2016
February to June 2017
July to December 2017


Photographs of 60007 in LNER/BR service and in preservation:
LNER/BR
from 1966 to 1999
from 2006 to 2008
from 2009 and 2010
from 2011 to 2013
from 2014 and 2015


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