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The Boiler Returns from Crewe

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An early start to today's working party. With the crane in position, the cab was lifted and placed on a rail trolley.

Richard Pearson and Paul Hutchinson struggle to free the cab bolts - Nigel Hall

Free at last - Nigel Hall

The cab parked in the head shunt on rail trolly. Harry Sams struggles with ladder - Nigel Hall

At 10:30 the boiler arrived. All hands to the unloading of the loose components.

The boiler arrives. Ian Matthews assists unloading of components with the A1 fork lift- Nigel Hall

Boiler lifted, low loader departs - Nigel Hall

By 11:00 the low loader was ready for departure and the ash pan fitting gang ready to start, and after an hour's struggle the main action was about to begin.

Ash pan fitted, the boiler is slowly lowered into frames - Nigel Hall

Uh huh, found the first problem - Nigel Hall

Richard Pearson adjusts crinolyn band with grinder - Nigel Hall

That's better, it fits at cab end - Nigel Hall

Down we go, Trevor Wilford rests his weary bones on the GWR chimney - Nigel Hall

However, this was just the start of the struggle to fit the smoke box over the saddle. At the end of the day, the boiler is back on and all the components taken to the workshop. There will be lots of work to do during the comming weeks.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 November 2017 16:31