The new smokebox wrapper plate has been delivered.
The dome base studs have been removed and in most cases the threads re-tapped slightly larger,
requiring stepped studs,
which will be fitted after the spacer ring has been machined and faced to fit the base.
The tanks have had a few holes along the bottom patched.
A number of older repairs are clearly visible,
but will be hidden when the cladding sheets are fitted.
One of the feed water valve lifting rods.
This is an original wrought-iron part,
this end of which connects to the valve itself in the base of the tank,
hence the corrosion visible.
The vacuum pipe has been re-routed to keep it as far out of sight as possible.
This picture shows the new low-level position on the rear bufferbeam,
and the connection into the cab passing through a hole in the drag box.
It was not possible to fit it below the bufferbeam as that would have been too low to connect to a
high-level pipe on the other side.