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A progress report for the overhaul may be found here.
 


July to Overhaul December 2018

The lifting gear arrives from Durham Lifting of Middlesbrough.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

4 July 2018

One of the lifting beams. The beam extension at the far end has been removed so that it will be able to fit between the tender tank and frames.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

4 July 2018

The tank is lifted from the frames sufficient to get the beams in. The three sleeper ends between the tank and frames are backup, they carry no weight. The lift procedure and diagrams of the key stages of the lift are taped to the side of the tank.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

4 July 2018

One of the beams being inserted between the tank and frames. Unfortunately just out of reach of the overhead crane.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

5 July 2018

The regulator valve in the up-turned boiler is secured on the main steam pipe and hanger bolts from brackets in the steam dome.
Photograph: Paul Aston

5 July 2018

The tank lifted so that the tank clears the frames. The tank has a sump and vacuum cylinders suspended from the bottom of the tank.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

5 July 2018

A closer view of the jacking arrangement. For back up our sleeper ends are inserted between the beam and the frames, but they take no weight but give us a second safety support when repacking under the jack or beam.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

5 July 2018

The frames rolled out.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

5 July 2018

The underside of the tank before lowering.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

5 July 2018

The tank lowered on to the large base stools. Only a packing plate to remove and the tank will be left at this height to be worked on.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

6 July 2018

Now attention moves to lifting the tender frames.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

6 July 2018

The tender frames jacked and will be left at this height to be worked on. The axleboxes are already removed and dismantled.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

7 July 2018

The tender brake cylinders and brackets are removed.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

7 July 2018

The tender springs and hanger assemblies have been removed this week.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

11 July 2018

Not mentioned in the report, but further work has been done to the reverser nut with the fitting of the new thrust bearing.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

12 July 2018

The last stud fitted and nut tighten, far right, that fastens together the top of the right cylinder to the saddle casting.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

12 July 2018

Two new sections of corridor roof have been fitted.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

13 July 2018

The rear tender coupling has now been removed.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

13 July 2018

The left tender brake cylinder with cover and piston removed.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

14 July 2018

The bogie underkeep pockets that the oiler felts are fitted in to can be seen.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

14 July 2018

One of the bogie wheelset journals. These have been measured and the results will be analysed.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

14 July 2018

Needle gunning the tender frames.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

18 July 2018

The return crank rods were examined this week, no defects found that will prevent there further use though they carry historical evidence of damage and repair.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

19 July 2018

The bogie front shield has been fitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

21 July 2018

The lugs on the bogie axlebox underkeep trays have been carefully cut off. They are fastened in place on the axlebox and the tray positioned and then the lugs will be welded back on.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

21 July 2018

The outside of the tender main frames have been stripped back to metal and will be carefully inspected.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

21 July 2018

The trailing right of the tender frames. An oval feature just visible on the frames is a plate let in and welded. There is one at each end each side of the frames. An old weld as it has been finished with a chisel.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

21 July 2018

The reverser screw has been carefully examined for defects. A two day job for an experienced team member.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

21 July 2018

The bushes fitted in the frames for aligning the new bogie sidebearers.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

21 July 2018

The driving wheelset has been brought back in to the workshop. Removing it allowed access for the tender tank lift. The weatherproof taping of the journals requires removal, now completed, and some cosmetic repairs are being carried out.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

24 July 2018

The reverser screw now assembled in the reverser column during painting.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

25 July 2018

The tender vacuum brake piston rods during inspection.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

28 July 2018

The bogie underkeeps have had their mounting lugs repositioned and this tray has been fitted with new face oiling pads.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

28 July 2018

The trailing outside right of the tender frames with all paint and scale removed. It's a time consuming job working round all the bracket.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

28 July 2018

The leading rubber spring in the trailing tender dragbox has now been removed. It is retained by bolted in blocks.
Photograph:

28 July 2018

The reverser column with the screw mechanism assembled.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

28 July 2018

The first of the loco bogie sidebearer plates clamped in place has been drilled through in-situ to ensure correct alignment of the finished assembly.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

28 July 2018

The trial fitting of the ashpan.
Photograph: Richard Swales/p>

2 August 2018

The superheater header ready for testing. The thinner plates on the top face require replacement if we want to test it beyond 250psi..
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

8 August 2018

Drilling through the plates that will form the left loco bogie side bearer.
Photograph:Darrin Crone

9 August 2018

The bogie underkeep trays are now fitted with a oiler pad and all are fitted to the bogie.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 August 2018

The superheater header is pressurised to 250 psi, our maximum boiler pressure.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 August 2018

Measuring the angle of the squares on the driving crankpins.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 August 2018

The new bogie bearing discs are now at York.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

11 August 2018

The ashpan and smokebox door loaded on to road transport for the journey to Llangollen.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

14 August 2018

The reverser column now painted to gloss top coat.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

15 August 2018

The boiler at Llangollen. The circular flange face is for mounting the regulator stuffing box.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

16 August 2018

The foundation ring has been refitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

16 August 2018

The first coupled wheel axlebox on the borer. The new thrusts are in place.
Photograph: Richard Swales

17 August 2018

The reverser stand now finished painted and assembled.
Photograph:Peter Brackstone

22 August 2018

The sidebearers tack welded are fame cut to the correct shape.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

22 August 2018

Needle gunning the inside of the frame plates is ongoing. A member of the 007 Gang of junior volunteers gives up a days summer holidays to lend a hand.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

23 August 2018

Chief Mechanical Engineer Richard Swales measures valve gear pins as part of the refurbishment of the valve gear. In the foreground is the front coupling hook which is currently being refurbished.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

23 August 2018

After shaping and machining the sidebearers are trial fitted to check level and fit.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

28 August 2018

The cast iron balance weight from the front of the tender. In the foreground is a tube about 12" long for scale.
Photograph:

1 September 2018

Not much to do and the inside of the right tender frame plate will be paint and rust free.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 September 2018

The tender wheelsets are being worked on and the axles have now been painted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 September 2018

The footplating large studs have now all been replaced with new after repairs to the holes.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 September 2018

The slidebar shims are now in the process of being ground to size.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

1 September 2018

The coupled axlebox spring hangers are being bored to return the spring pin hole to round. L1 has already been done.
Photograph:

1 September 2018

One of the tender hornstays is removed exposing the area of the frames where it is attached. A critically important area of the tender frame structure requiring careful inspection.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 September 2018

The new safety valve top.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

6 September 2018

The tender wheelsets are measured to record wear and to identify where refurbishment is required.
Photograph: Richard Swales

8 September 2018

The crank drives the speedo and is a cap for one of the crankpins. It is marked for 60027 Merlin.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

13 September 2018

The new top for the safety valve is a good fit on the old body.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

13 September 2018

The air pump lubricator has been modified to be air driven. The new air cylinder stands on top of the lubricator.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

13 September 2018

Sections of corroded steel from the side of the tender are cut out.
Photograph: Andy Barwick

18 September 2018

The superheater header sits patiently at the test pressure while the test period passes.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

20 September 2018

The tender wheels are now painted to undercoat.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

20 September 2018

The finishing of the valve rings was completed this week. They are now ready for fitting to the valve heads.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

25 September 2018

Incredibly we are still finding corners of the tender frames that need further scale and corrosion removing.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

25 September 2018

The left coupled wheel axleboxes positioned under the wheeldrop crane. They require some external cleaning and then will be fitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

29 September 2018

The pipework from under the drivers position and along the frames has been extensively reorganised.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

29 September 2018

The superheater pressure tested and sealing parts removed. Ready to be dispatched to join the boiler.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

29 September 2018

The section of plate removed from the front of the boiler.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

29 September 2018

In the front corner of the tender are curved brackets that indicate the profile of the original 1928 tender sides.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

29 September 2018

New plate welded in to the rear left side of the tender.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

3 October 2018

The atomisers are stripped and inspected. The atomisers mix boiler steam with oil before it enters the cylinders and steam chests.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

3 October 2018

The tender rear dragbox also forms the rear bufferbeam. As with the front dragbox a lot of surface area in a complex casting to strip down.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

4 October 2018

Work continues on stripping, cleaning and painting the tender wheelsets.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

4 October 2018

The tender wheelsets have plates riveted on their insides.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

4 October 2018

The front hook spring arrangement as Gresley intended it to be.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

6 October 2018

The steam pipes and lens ring sealing faces being prepared for testing.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

6 October 2018

The tender rubber springs are in remarkably good condition though of BR origin and can be reused. A view before the steel plate is painted with a protective coating.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

11 October 2018

The overhauled reverser is lowered on to the cab floor plate. The cab has previously been removed.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

16 October 2018

The electrical systems on the loco are being examined and refurbished with work on the tender TPWS cable and conduit.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

16 October 2018

At the front of the tender work continues on the renewal of wasted material. The joint between the floor and front plates is cleaned off all rust before the plate is cut away.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

16 October 2018

Not mentioned in the report but work has restated on the repinning of the ashpan damper mechanism. The damper handle is marked 4903 which became 60034 Lord Farringdon.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

18 October 2018

The rear bufferbeam of the tender is actually the back face of the trailing dragbox. As elsewhere around the loco it is stamped with a diamond containing the letters LNER.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

18 October 2018

The examination of the tender has revealed numerous historical repairs. This shows the trailing right bufferbeam which has seen extensive welding.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

18 October 2018

The reverser mounted on the loco with the M8 drivers air brake application valve in place.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

18 October 2018

One of the driving axleboxes on the surface tables for more dimensional checks before refitting.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

18 October 2018

The tender frames at the front insides has seen much material corroded away. Here the area is cleaned for thickening with weld.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

20 October 2018

On the trailing tender dragbox are historical markings including the LNER in a diamond stamp found on the loco frames and bogie.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

24 October 2018

The coupled axlebox spring hangers are completed with the fitting of new bushes.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

24 October 2018

A view looking up under the cab. The damper cross-shaft can be seen and the handle with its new pin can be made out.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

24 October 2018

The slidebar shims were finished last week they are now ready for fitting.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

24 October 2018

The steel steam pipes shown have been tested attention now moves on to the cast iron ones.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

24 October 2018

Examination of the tender frames is now focusing on the detection of cracks and defects.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

24 October 2018

The "crack" in the tender frames which was easily ground out. Above it can be seen the weld where repair plates have previously been put in.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

30 October 2018

The bottom of the loco bogie stretcher is now being painted as we work toward refitting the bogie. One of the completed side bearers is pinned in place.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

1 November 2018

One of the cast iron steam pipes that are mounted on top of the cylinder castings.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 November 2018

The equal lever of the Gresley conjugated valve gear undergoes examination.
Photograph: Richard Swales

3 November 2018

One of the coupled axleboxes on the milling machine at a contractors works.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 November 2018

The boiler at Llangollen being moved on to its side for some final work to be done in this position prior to being put the right way up for tubing.
Photograph: Paul Aston

6 November 2018

Back at York the axlebox is put on the surface table and the parallelism of the hornfaces is carefully assessed.
Photograph: Richard Swales

10 November 2018

The conjugated valve gear two to one lever is checked for defects.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

14 November 2018

The front of the loco frames are now back on the accommodation bogie. The removable panels under the buffers allow jacking on the front bufferbeam.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

15 November 2018

The adjustable horn face on the loco is carefully positioned to give the specified clearance on the axlebox.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

15 November 2018

Work in progress on the pipework below the cab floor.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

15 November 2018

The last tender wheelset journal is dressed to remove wear damage.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

17 November 2018

The leading locomotive vacuum brake cylinders have been refitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

17 November 2018

The valve at the bottom of the water level indicator. Made of bronze it has survived well though the steel tube it is attached to will require extensive repair.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

17 November 2018

The inside of the tender frames where wasted are being rebuilt with weld. The beam at the bottom is temporary, intended to reduce any distortion.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

17 November 2018

Overhaul Photographs:
September 2015 to June 2016
July to December 2016
February to June 2017
July to December 2017
January to June 2018


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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