Cotswold Steam Preservation Limited has announced that the work to overhaul GWR steam locomotive 2807’s boiler has been agreed with Ian Riley’s Engineering.
This milestone will allow Rileys and the Cotswold Steam Preservation Ltd to focus on the work required to complete the boiler overhaul.
The work required on the boiler includes:
- The front boiler barrel section and smokebox tubeplate need replacing
- The backhead from below the fire hold door down to the foundation ring needs replacing.
- The foundation ring needs repairs
- Sections of the smokebox and smokebox door plate need replacing
- A new set of boiler tubes
- Other smaller items to complete the above
Cotswold Steam Preservation Limited is planning to restart work on the heavy general overhaul from the 31st March 2021, working with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway to ger back to a near-normal pattern of working.
Before lockdown, a major strip down of GWR 2807 had been completed with the locomotive down to its main loco fames.
A few things are left, but the group are now at the milestone where things can be put back on to the locomotive.
There is a long way to go, but the volunteers are working to get 2807 back in steam as soon as possible.
Brian Gamlin the CSPL Chairman commented: “ With not being able to visit Ian and his team the process has taken longer than expected, this has been frustrating for all. We are incredibly pleased to have got to this point and reaffirm that we made the correct decision to award this work to Riley’s. My thanks go to Ian, Greg, and Andy from Riley’s and to Gilbert Kitchen the CME for CSPL for their hard work so far”
Comments from The Team at Riley’s: “Riley’s are delighted that CSPL chose to trust us with the boiler work for 2807. The Pandemic has meant that no face-to-face meetings around the boiler have been possible. But CSPL and Riley’s have worked together to overcome this, and we are very pleased to have agreed a scope of works and to have the positive support of CSPL that will enable us to start work immediately.”
If you would like to donate towards the overhaul of 2807, please visit their website.
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