An update on the overhaul of steam locomotive No.34028 Eddystone

34028 Eddystone
Credit: Southern Locomotives Ltd

Southern Locomotives Ltd has released a short update on the overhaul work currently being completed on 34028 Eddystone.

Last Friday saw the task of re-attaching the locomotive’s pony truck back to the frames. The pony truck had previously been removed to allow the work to be completed on the centring mechanism.

The centring mechanism is in the rear of the pony truck. Found here are springs that allow the wheels to move off centre when the locomotive is going around curves.

Eddystone had to be moved back a touch to allow the pony truck to pass under the rear frames. All completed successfully.

With the frames drawn back, a forklift was used to lift the truck into place.

Whilst all this was taking place, the Swanage Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala was taking place, with 34072 257 Squadron returning to service.

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Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.

3 COMMENTS

  1. […] The rear pony truck of the locomotive was removed to allow the overhaul of its centering mechanism – this controls the sideways movement of the wheels when the locomotive goes around a corner. To remove this, the chassis had to be backed beyond the end of the rail section so the pony truck could be lowered down. More information on this piece of work can be found here. […]

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