COM­ING UP FOR OVER­HAUL

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

1369: Hav­ing spent the South Devon Rail­way steam gala run­ning along­side Beat­tie 2‑4‑0WT No. 30587, the unique ex‑Wade­bridge pan­nier tank reaches the end of its cur­rent boiler cer­tifi­cate on May 9, but is ex­pected to re­ceive a swift over­haul. 7812: Er­lestoke Manor has been passed by its boiler in­sur­ance in­spec­tor as fit to run un­til De­cem­ber 31 this year, mean­ing that it can re­main in ser­vice at the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way through­out the sea­son, bar­ring any other de­fects aris­ing. Its ten­der was fit­ted with re­place­ment wheelsets dur­ing Jan­uary. 30053: With an ex­ten­sion to its boiler cer­tifi­cate, the Drum­mond Lo­co­mo­tive So­ci­ety’s ‘M7’ 0‑4‑4T is to re­main in traf­fic at the Swan­age Rail­way un­til Novem­ber. 30065: This ‘USA’ 0‑6‑0T made its last runs at the Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way on Jan­uary 1 be­fore be­ing with­drawn and placed in store to await over­haul. 30777 (777): It is pro­posed to renum­ber Sir Lamiel as No. 30777, us­ing South­ern ‘sun­shine’ trans­fers, be­fore its boiler cer­tifi­cate ex­pires at the end of the year. This will repli­cate the lo­co­mo­tive’s ap­pear­ance in 1948, when it re­ceived its BR num­ber while still car­ry­ing Mala­chite green with South­ern let­ter­ing on the ten­der. To see the Na­tional Col­lec­tion ‘King Arthur’ through the last months of its boiler ticket, its cus­to­dian group, the 5305 Lo­co­mo­tive As­so­ci­a­tion, plans to fit a new set of valve and pis­ton rings. New cylin­der and valve lin­ers will be on the list of jobs for the forth­com­ing over­haul. 31592 (592): Dur­ing Jan­uary, the ‘C’ class 0‑6‑0 passed its fi­nal an­nual boiler ex­am­i­na­tion at the Blue­bell Rail­way. Its boiler cer­tifi­cate ex­pires in May. 34070: Manston’s boiler cer­tifi­cate ex­pires at the end of this year, with 257 Squadron to take its place on the Swan­age Rail­way’s ros­ter. The two air‑smoothed ‘Bat­tle of Bri­tain’ 4‑6‑2s will be in ser­vice to­gether for part of the year fol­low­ing No. 34072’s re­turn to steam. 44806: This year will be the last in traf­fic for the North York­shire Moors Rail­way’s ‘Black Five’, which will be with­drawn for over­haul at the end of the sea­son.

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