Boiler bar­rels brought to­gether for ‘3MT’ tank

Steam Railway (UK) - - New-Build | News -

As well as gain­ing its ‘face’ (SR470), ‘3MT’ 2-6-2T No. 82045 has achieved another milestone, as its boiler bar­rels were joined. The ta­pered and par­al­lel bar­rel sec­tions were riv­eted to­gether by Bridg­north boiler shop on July 1, and the po­si­tion of the dome has been marked out. The Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way’s work­shop is con­struct­ing the boiler for the new BR Stan­dard tank, with work on the fire­box ex­pected to start in the au­tumn. The boiler is due to be as­sem­bled (al­beit with­out the tubes) next sum­mer. The lo­co­mo­tive con­tin­ues to progress to­wards wheel­ing, with ma­chin­ing of the axle­boxes nearly com­plete, and cab fit­tings are on the way - with parts made for the re­vers­ing gear and damper con­trols. For more on No. 82045, see pages 82/83.

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