Boiler Lift Appeal launched for steam locomotive 35011 “General Steam Navigation”

35011 // Credit GSNLRS
35011 // Credit GSNLRS

The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society (GSNLRS) has released an appeal to raise funds towards the cost of lifting the boiler from the rolling chassis.

To progress to the next stages of restoring “General Steam Navigation” the Society wish to remove the boiler.

Firstly, this will allow better inspections of the boiler to see what repairs it will need and secondly volunteers will have better access to frame, where they can remove more parts and clean up the frame to see if any of sections need replacing. Currently, majority of the tubes have been removed in preparation for the lift.

The trust is looking to raise £1500, with £910 raised at the time of writing this article, which the Society is very grateful for.

Every £10 you donate, you will be entered into a prize drawn with the chances of winning a variety of prizes, such as a Graham Farish N Gauge Merchant Navy Pacific locomotive or one year’s membership to the GSNLRS. To donate towards the Boiler Lift Appeal, please click here.

Test Fitting Trailing Truck Parts // Credit GSNLRS
Test Fitting Trailing Truck Parts // Credit GSNLRS

Update on Restoration

More components have been removed from 35011, such as regulator operating bar and engine brake hangers. Any parts still serviceable but not needed in restoring ‘GSN’ to original Air-Smoothed condition will be offered to other groups. Test fitting new trailing truck parts has also taken place, which has been successful.

For more information or to support the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society (GSNLRS), please visit their website here.

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