The East Somerset Railway Workshop is renowned for it's skills and high standard of workmanship.
Run by voluntary Workshop Manager, Steve Masters, along with his great team of volunteers, an impressive reputation has grown with each intricate job they have undertaken. In a technological era, the hands-on skills needed to overhaul a steam locomotive are not as prevailant as they once were but here at the East Somerset Railway, we are proud of our Workshop's abilities and craftsmanship.
You can follow every nut and bolt here, as the Workshop complete each project.
Our next project 4247 is now here and safely sitting up at the Engine Shed. Work will start once our new project 4110 is complete.
Another milestone was reached this week with the boiler turned back the right way up. While the crane was here, we took the opportunity to trial fit the boiler in the frames which enabled us to check that the new platework and rivets were not fouling anything and also to check the fit of the smokebox steam pipes.
There were also measurements taken for the replacement boiler keys which will be machined in time for when the boiler is fitted for good.
Once the trial fit was complete, the boiler was lifted back out and positioned back on the wagon where it was pushed back into the workshop for the rest of the boiler overhaul to be completed. This includes fitting the tubes and flues, the new feedwater trays, main steam pipe and remaining stays. Once this has all been done, the boiler will be fitted with water, hydraulic tested and then steam tested.
The new tanks and the cab roof were also lifted back onto the frames, although they will need to be removed again in the future to allow the boiler to be fitted. They are now up, out of the way and inside protected from the weather.