The new front tubeplate has been mounted on the cylinder block with the smokebox front so that the smokebox wrapper plate can be shaped and fitted correctly.
The locomotive has been turned round again to give easier access to the front end for fitting the smokebox.
More pictures taken during 1178'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 28 September 2001 4 April 2001. Much more information about 1178 can be found at the Southern Locomotives Society's 31178 Restoration page.