Recent work on restoring steam locomotive 7027 Thornbury Castle

7027 Tender Axlebox Tops Thornbury Castle Steam Locomotive
7027 Tender Axlebox Tops // Credit 7027 Thornbury Castle FB page

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Since arriving at the Great Central Railway less than a month ago, the team restoring Great Western Railway 4079 ‘Castle’ Class locomotive No.7027 Thornbury Castle have been busy collecting and producing parts for the steam locomotive.

Recently purchased items include the boiler water gauge frame pedestal and locomotive brake valve.

Although cast in preservation, the locomotive brake value was cast using the original Swindon Works pattern. This was used to cast many locomotive brake valves before this and most likely 7027’s original one.

With thanks to a kind donation, locomotive 7027 Thornbury Castle now has one of the whistles needed.

7027's Locomotive Brake Valve // Credit 7027 Thornbury Castle FB page
7027’s Locomotive Brake Valve // Credit 7027 Thornbury Castle FB page

A team member has been busy cleaning and painting the tender axlebox tops ready for use.

As can be seen from the photo, there are many parts to look through, to assess which can be used, which can’t and which parts are missing and need sourcing.

Parts for 7027 // Credit 7027 Thornbury Castle FB page
Parts for 7027 // Credit 7027 Thornbury Castle FB page

For more information, please visit the 7027 Thornbury Castle Facebook page.

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