A closer view of the corrosion in the main frames where the front bufferbeam fits. The corrosion has eaten in from both sides, leaving very little metal in places, so sections of the frame will need to be replaced completely
The ends rear of the frames are little better. Behind the driving wheels the frames were never even painted, and were inaccessible when assembled. The read drag box is now being removed completely, and some sections of the rear of the frames will also be replaced.
Many parts removed from the frame are little better. Here one of the splashers will need repairs.
Meanwhile, it's not all bad news: the bogie wheels have been painted.
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 30 November 28 September 4 April 20 January 2000 19 May 1999 23 March 1999 9 March 1999 22 May 1998 24 December 1997.