Steam Railway (UK) - - NEW-BUILD -

Beachy Head’s boiler is be­ing pre­pared for a hy­draulic test at the Blue­bell Rail­way, and work has recom­menced on the ten­der for the replica LBSCR ‘At­lantic’.

The for­mer GNR boiler has been moved out­side No. 32424’s ‘At­lantic House’ base at Sh­effield Park for the hy­draulic test. The Blue­bell Rail­way At­lantic Group has or­dered plate­work for the smoke­box and parts for the ash­pan, and be­gun as­sem­bling the boiler cladding crino­lines.

Ul­tra­sonic tests are be­ing car­ried out on the axles of the LBSCR ‘C2X’ ten­der wheelsets, and this will be fol­lowed by fit­ting of the air, vac­uum, steam‑heat and in­jec­tor pipework to the LBSCR ‘B4’ ten­der frames. Draw­ings are be­ing fi­nalised for the tank, which is ex­pected to be built by an out­side con­trac­tor.

With £200,000 still needed to com­plete the en­gine, a num­ber of com­po­nents are avail­able to spon­sor – a full list can be down­loaded from https://bit.ly/2NuPouL Al­ter­na­tively, con­tact David Jones (At­lantic Project Trea­surer), 3 Nut­ley Mill Road, Pevensey, East Sus­sex BN24 5PD.

Phil bArNES

lbScr 4-4-2 no. 32424 Beachy Head in ‘at­lantic house’ dur­ing the blue­bell rail­way share­hold­ers’ event on Septem­ber 8.

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