Update on steam locomotive Tornado’s Winter Maintenance Work

Refitting Cab // Credit A1SLT
Refitting Cab // Credit A1SLT

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust have continued in March on carrying out winter maintenance work to their new build London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) Peppercorn A1 No.60163 “Tornado”.

On the ‘bottom-end’ work has been focused on the axleboxes for the coupled wheels and trailing truck.

Greasing of the coupled wheels has involved using a pneumatic greaser, with inspection of trailing truck’s Cartazzi axleboxes showing them to be in a good condition for service.

Cartazzi Axlebox // Credit A1SLT
Cartazzi Axlebox // Credit A1SLT

Components for the support coach, such as vacuum cylinders, have been overhauled by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) at their Grosmont Motive Power Depot (MPD).

Back at Darlington Locomotive Works the team have overhauled and tested front and rear air pump lubricators.

Front and Rear Air Pump Lubricators // Credit A1SLT
Front and Rear Air Pump Lubricators // Credit A1SLT

Much work in this update has been spent on the reassembling the boiler backhead and cab following repairs.

A new Firehole door mouthpiece has been fitted, allowing the backhead’s cladding and cab pipework to be refitted before the cab was lifted back onto the 60163.

Cab Pipework // Credit A1SLT
Cab Pipework // Credit A1SLT

Once rebuilt, “Tornado” underwent a steam test which was passed.

Supporting “Tornado”

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust needs your support to continue operating “Tornado” on both Mainline and Heritage tracks with minimal downtime as possible. There are many ways to support the Trust, with becoming a Covenantor one of the best ways.

Covenantors donate regular amounts on a weekly or monthly basis to support the Trust, allowing them to raise funds for maintenance before its needed.

For more information or to support the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, please visit their website here.

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