Corrosion in the main frames. This part is the rear of the inner right frame plate. All these sections are being replaced with new plate.
Temporary stretchers were welded in place to hold the frame plates before removing the drag beam.
The new rear drag box being assembled.
At the front end new frame platework and a new buffer beam have been fitted.
The new main frame plates have been welded onto the old parts, here showing the outside face of the right inner frame at the front, with the right cylinder just inside it. The upper part shows old welding carried out by its previous owners.
This picture shows the front right corner of the engine's frame, with the front buffer beam on the right. The bolts will be replaced by rivets.
The new rear drag beam is temporarily fitted, and the corroded platework cut away.
The new platework has been welded in at the rear of the frames.
Meanwhile, the bogie has been reassembled.
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 21 December 2001 30 November 2001 28 September 2001 4 April 2001 20 January 2000 19 May 1999 23 March 1999 9 March 1999 22 May 1998 24 December 1997.