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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 January Overhaul 2019

The flue tubes in the boiler at Llangollen are trimmed to length.
Photograph: Paul Aston

3 January 2019

The trailing left crank pin end is fitted with the crank for the speedo drive. The gap between the crank and the face of the wheel will fix the length of the bearing bush fitted to this crankpin.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 January 2019

The sidebearer on the left. The loco frames are resting on the top of the bogie when moved off the wheeldrop. When levelled the gap appeared and was measured.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 January 2019

The outside draincock cross shaft has been fitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 January 2019

The governor that controls the air pump in its new location with new pipe flanges ans pipework being installed.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 January 2019

The leading and trailing connecting rod bushes are now machined all over. The larger bushes yet to do.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 January 2019

The sponsored horizontal hornstay bolts machined to dimensions ready to fit.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 January 2019

One of the tender brake hangers with the bushes and pins being examined.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

5 January 2019

At the rear of the tender old platework is cut out.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

15 January 2019

The front lamp irons are heavily worn and were put on the loco to get the angles correct for the repair.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

17 January 2019

Pins from the buckeye coupling and coupled axleboxes are inspected for defects.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

17 January 2019

The top of the corridor connection at the back of the tender is supported by square section rods that pass through these brackets with adjustable wedges.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

19 January 2019

The cast iron steam pipes that fasten on to the cylinder tops are measured to ensure the new ones will be to the same dimensions.
Photograph: Richard Swales

19 January 2019

Some of the loco brake pull rods undergoing examination for defects.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

22 January 2019

Ian looks admiringly at his refurbished air cylinder brackets.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

23 January 2019

One of the loco brake pull rods is marked W1 at both ends. Could this be from the hush-hush?.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

23 January 2019

The water gauge or level indicator from the front of the tender.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

26 January 2019

The vacuum reservoir tank is pressure tested to inspect for leaks.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

29 January 2019

The vacuum reservoir tank tested ok so was soon painted.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

31 January 2019

The lower slidebars are now being fitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

6 February 2019

New plate has been welded in to the wasted section inside the corridor atthe rear of the tank.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

7 February 2019

The welding is now complete on the tender frames and has been prime painted.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

7 February 2019

Painting of the tender frames is progressing. The frames are now white gloss inside and the trailing dragbox is now painted in primer.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

7 February 2019

New safety valves springs have now been delivered to York. A new valve next to one of our old valves.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

10 February 2019

A new rivet has been put in one of the tender spring hanger brackets. Luckily it didn't loosen its neighbours so these can be left as they are.
Photograph:

10 February 2019

The trailing dragbox is painted to undercoat. We will soon be able to reassemble the trailing drawgear.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

13 February 2019

The crankpin lengths are measured so that the length of the siderod bushes can be specified.
Photograph: Richard Swales

14 February 2019

The leading crankpin bolts have been refurbished and are ready for fitting. They rest on one of the caps that require further work to return them to specification.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

16 February 2019

The vestibule lower supports are now having the weld added to rebuild them machined back prior to fitting.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

16 February 2019

The tender rubbing block was refitted this week.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

16 February 2019

The safety valves are being assembled with new components.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

16 February 2019

One of the tender brake hangers is fitted with new bushes and one of the reconditioned pins fitted.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

16 February 2019

With the wheelset in the wheeldrop pit the journals are cleaned and oiled to receive the axleboxes.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLY

22 February 2019

Looking through the trailing horns of the loco frames an axlebox is lowered on to the journal.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLY

22 February 2019

The wheelset raised and entering the frames.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLY

22 February 2019

The wheels in place and the wheeldrop platform locked in the raised position.
Photograph: Trevor Camp/SNGLT

22 February 2019

The bogie is lowered to remove the loco sidebearers.
Photograph: Richard Swales

22 February 2019

The tender outside brake cylinder brackets ready for painting and fitting.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

23 February 2019

The trailing tender coupling is now partially assembled with all the rubber springs in place.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

23 February 2019

The new air pump governor installation has received a coat of paint.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

27 February 2019

The new copper firebox tubeplate with all the tubes fitted and beaded over.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

28 February 2019

The flue tubes in the smokebox are now being expande.
Photograph: Richard Swales

28 February 2019

The new superheater elements at Llangollen.
Photograph: Richard Swales

28 February 2019

The rubbing block for the tender draw hook sits on the new shim all level.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

2 March 2019

The new horizontal hornstay bolts are being fitted and are being drilled through for pinning.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

2 March 2019

The hook is now in place on the tender and it's height being measured.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

2 March 2019

The driving axle axleboxes are currently being fitted.
Photograph: Richard Swales

7 March 2019

The tender drawhook height is being set. A new packing piece to set the height is being machined after being fitted accurately in the pocket in the dragbox.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

7 March 2019

The full hook assembly is now fitted to the tender and its correct height is being set.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 March 2019

At the back of the tender the beading is re-secured and the vestibule top arch flanges are fitted in place.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 March 2019

The corridor connection lower support rods have been weld repaired and machined but will require further work.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 March 2019

Both the leading and trailing coupled wheel hornstays are now fully secured with the publicly sponsored horizontal hornstay bolts.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 March 2019

The middle valve and its associated components have been brought together and are being carefully examined and set up before refitting.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 March 2019

One of the valve crosshead guides. There are ten of these as we have valve gear both in front and to the rear of the the valve chests.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

9 March 2019

The tender springs are loaded on to pallets ready for dispatch to contractors for overhaul.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

12 March 2019

With welding complete at the front of the tender frames they can now be painted. Here in undercoat.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

13 March 2019

The top corner of the tender where new plate has been welded in, and bolts securing the structure are ground so they are hidden when finished. Inside the vestibule paint has been applied.
Photograph: Peter Brackstone

13 March 2019

The profile on the valve for the inside of the safety valve has been reprofiled. The spigot fits in to the centre of the new bottom flange.
Photograph: Darrin Crone

16 March 2019

Overhaul Photographs:
September 2015 to June 2016
July to December 2016
February to June 2017
July to December 2017
January to June 2018
From January 2019


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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