Cotswold Steam Preservation Ltd (CSPL) have published their March 2020 update on the overhaul of Great Western Railway 2800 Class No.2807 based at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.
Since being withdrawn on Wednesday 1st of January 2020, the CSPL has been busy removing components from 2807.
By the end of January, the cab, smokebox and boiler had been stripped of all components, along with cylinder cladding.
This allowed the team to needle-gun and paint the boiler in February in preparation for the boiler to lifted and transported to Riley and Son E Ltd, who are overhauling the boiler.
The ashpan was cut up inside the firebox. With the boiler ready for lifting, attention was turned to disassembly of the motion, with the con rods removed first.
Luckily for the company, 2807’s boiler was shipped to Riley’s before the current lockdown was implemented. This does mean no work can be carried out due to government advice.
Although removing the boiler was achieved ahead of schedule, the current lockdown has put further work on hold for the time being. Despite this, the company can still proceed with organising for contractors to carry out work needed, such as reprofiling the four coupled wheelsets.
For more information or to support the Cotswold Steam Preservation Ltd, especially during these difficult times, please visit their website here.
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