Steam locomotive No.7 Tom Rolt bows out of service ahead of winter maintenance

No.7 Tom Rolt work
Credit: Martin Lester and Karen Willans

The Talyllyn Railway has announced that No.7 Tom Rolt has bowed of service ahead of maintenance work taking place this winter.

During three days in October, a team of volunteers have stripped No.7 down to a bare boiler.

This is due to the locomotive being scheduled for work this winter and therefore needs to be completely stripped down to its boiler for access to its boiler.

Over the weekend, the gang of 7 volunteers removed almost everything from the locomotive, this included the cab, boiler cladding, chimney and firebox doors.

The work over the winter includes re-tubing, cladding on the backhead and a new smokebox door front. No 7 Tom Rolt is expected to be back in service for Easter, subject to completion of the work.

No 5 Midlander has also been receiving work and is nearing completion of a head gasket overhaul. No.4 Edward Thomas was in steam to test one of the air pumps using the air pump trolley.

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