Update on the restoration of steam locomotive No.5532

Boiler Undergoing Repairs at Llangollen Railway // Credit LRGWLG
Boiler Undergoing Repairs at Llangollen Railway // Credit LRGWLG

The team restoring Great Western Railway 4575 Class No.5532 have been busy the past 6 months, mostly acquiring components for their engine.

Boiler

Early 2019 saw work commence on restoring 5532’s Swindon No.5 boiler by Llangollen Railway. Initial work has started by removing the inner firebox to assess its condition.

This is done by cutting off the rivet heads of the old stays and taking out support brackets. After this, the old stays will be drilled out.

In the months leading up to this milestone, the Llangollen Railway Great Western Locomotive Group have been sourcing parts needed to see the boiler steam again. This includes a front tubeplate and firebox backplate.

New Firebox Backplate // Credit LRGWLG
New Firebox Backplate // Credit LRGWLG

Sourcing Parts

Since the last update, the Group now have safety valves and injectors, ready to fit onto 5532 when needed.

The next components the team are on the lookout for are a safety valve bonnet and hydrostatic lubricator. If you can help the Group obtain any of these, please do get in touch with them (contact details can be found here)

New Injectors // Credit LRGWLG
New Injectors // Credit LRGWLG

For more information or to support the Llangollen Railway Great Western Locomotive Group in restoring 5532, please visit their website here.

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Jamie Duggan avatar
Since I was a child, I have been a big fan of steam locomotives. This enthusiasm has been become greater in recent years, leading to me becoming involved in a society restoring a standard gauge locomotive. Joining the RailAdvent team in 2017, I help Michael produce articles.

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