OLD Rebuilding GWR 56xx no.5637

5637`s 10 year overhaul has now started and it can be seen here with the cab, tanks and smokebox fittings removed.
5637`s 10 year overhaul has now started and it can be seen here with the cab, tanks and smokebox fittings removed.
Credit: R.Bellchambers, 10/10/07

Work on GWR 56xx no.5637 has now started for the Heavy General Overhaul after the 10 year boiler certificate expired in July.

The overhaul will include major repairs to the boiler including the replacement of many parts such as the smokebox, front tubeplate, crown stays, tubes and lower plate work around the backhead, throatplate and side wrapper sheets. It is also the plan to refit the original style of vacuum ejector and blower which were removed in Barry days. All of this work will be done in our Workshops at Cranmore.

Other significant work includes the repair of the crank axle which has shown signs of movement between one of the crank webs and the axle, repair / replacement of water tanks and bunker.

The overhaul is expected to take around 2 years and progress can be followed by looking at the Photo Gallery for this project.