Work continues on 3217, mainly on constructing the new smokebox and repairing the bogie. No completion date is forecast yet, but after 80151 is finished work will be stepped up on 3217.
A distinctive feature of the engine's construction and appearance is the curved edges to the smokebox, both where the wrapper plate joins the front, and where the door fits. In the absence of the formers used for making these curved components, an alternative technique of fabrication has been employed. For each of the curved corner parts a steel tube was rolled to the correct radius, the sheeting was welded to the tube, and then three-quarters of the tube was cut away leaving just the outer quarter to form the curved corners.
Inside and outside views of the join between the smokebox front and the wrapper plate, showing the remaining quarter of the tube. and the door opening,
The completed smokebox front, and mounted on the cylinder block.
A new main steam pipe elbow has been fabricated.
Work continues on the bogie.
More pictures taken during 3217's repair, including the large-size originals of those shown here, can be found here.
There were previous news items about this locomotive's repair on 4 April 20 January 2000 19 May 1999 23 March 1999 9 March 1999 22 May 1998 24 December 1997.