The December Monthly Members Bulletin for The LMS Patriot Project reports a successful Christmas period with good progress made.
Following a thorough investigation working alongside Boro Foundry, a conclusion has been drawn that the driving wheels cannot be repaired to the necessary standard.
Settlement terms have been formed with Boro Foundry who sadly are no longer able to carry out a cast of the type needed.
Negotiations with William Cook Cast Products are currently underway for the procurement of new wheels with the original wheel patterns being reserved for collection from Tyesley Locomotive Works for this purpose.
The West Shed has been closed over the Christmas period with The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRLCT) seeing 6233 Duchess of Sutherland working on unscheduled successful main-line runs throughout December 2021.
Materials have been ordered and received for frame shot blasting treatment commencing in the new year.
The safety valves have now been finished by Locomotive Maintenance Services in Loughborough and have been moved to the West Shed.
Heritage Boiler Steam Services (HBSS) have also finished the boiler slide work, and are currently moving forward with the fitting of the transverse stays.
Work has been carried out behind the scenes with 5 other steam locomotive projects in order to organise a joint workshop session which will be held on Wednesday the 26th of January 2022.
The session will be focused on risk assessment work which can then be applied generically for new build and major restoration projects which are set to work on the mainline.