swan­age Bulleid’s Boiler Back in frames

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

‘Bat­tle of Bri­tain’ class No. 34072 257 Squadron has fi­nally been reunited with its boiler, as the pro­tracted over­haul of the Bulleid ‘Light Pa­cific’ en­ters its fi­nal stages. The Swan­age Rail­way stal­wart re­ceived its freshly over­hauled boiler on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 20 at the line’s Her­ston Works where, af­ter the fit­ting of the ash­pan, the whole assem­bly was lifted onto the 4‑6‑2’s frames be­fore be­ing joined to the new smoke­box. The boiler had passed its hy­draulic test at Adam Dal­gleish Engi­neer­ing in Stock­ton‑on‑Tees on Oc­to­ber 7, and passed its steam test on Oc­to­ber 14. 257 Squadron has spent the same time out of ac­tion as it did in steam dur­ing its last ticket. It was re­stored to run­ning con­di­tion in 1990 and with­drawn in Jan­uary 2003. It has spent the last 13 years on the side­lines at Swan­age, its long‑awaited over­haul be­gin­ning in 2012 af­ter SLL com­pleted No. 34053 Sir Keith Park. It had been hoped to have No. 34072 back in steam this year, but due to un­fore­seen de­lays in the over­haul of the boiler at ADE, the lo­co­mo­tive is now ex­pected to re­turn to traf­fic by Easter next year.

SIMON TROY

Stand­ing out­side the Swan­age Rail­way’s Her­ston Works, ‘Bat­tle of Bri­tain’ No. 34072 257 Squadron has its boiler and smoke­box back in place on Oc­to­ber 20.

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