The Great Western Society’s 1466 Restoration Facebook page has posted an update on the overhaul of Great Western Railway 1400 Class steam locomotive No.1466, which is owned by the Great Western Society based at Didcot Railway Centre.
Following on from the last update, the team have now fully rebuilt the bunker.
Bolts fixing the slide bars have been renewed following damage.
A new support has been manufactured for the draincock level.
The handbrake column’s oiling points plugs have been replaced, and pipework for the lubrication systems has started to be fitted.
Supporting 1466’s Overhaul
The project, estimated to cost £300,000, is the most extensive overhaul the engine has received since 1961 when Newton Abbott carried out a Heavy Intermediate Overhaul on 1466.
Both the rolling chassis and boiler have undergone major repairs, such as a new smokebox. With the Great Western Society’s 60th Anniversary in August 2021 and 1466 being the first locomotive acquired by the Society, the Great Western Society hopes to return the locomotive to traffic in time for the anniversary.
The Great Western Society is asking for donations towards the remaining £60,000 needed to finish any outstanding work on the steam locomotive 1466, with more information available here.
For more information or to support the Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre, please visit their website here.
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