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SR Maunsell "U" Class No 1638

8 February 2005

boiler work


Further work on the firebox - more stay holes drilled and tapped.

New ashpan


The new ashpan has been trial fitted to the boiler and in the frames.

new steampipe joint castings


New castings have been made for the steampipe manifolds.

new steam fountain


New steam fountain under construction.

superheater header


Repaired superheater header.

smokebox door


Repaired smokebox door with fittings installed.

2 January 2005

Firebox backhead


Work continues on the boiler overhaul. The majority of the welding and rivetting is now complete, and work is progressing on the new stays.

This picture, with the boiler still standing upside-down, shows the backhead with the new central section welded in place, and rivetting completed around the foundation ring and the firehole ring. The row bright parts lower down in the picture are new bushes in the stay holes.
Firebox side


A view of the right side of the firebox, showing new foundation rivets, new stay bushes, and stay holes yet to be drilled in the new platework.
Firebox foundation ring corner


A view of the front left corner of the firebox foundation ring. The right side of the picture is the front of the firebox, i.e. the throatplate. The left side of the picture is the left side of the firebox, where the foundation rivet heads are flattened for the limited clearance against the main frame. On the outside of the corner are two patch screws, necessary because there is no room inside for rivets; one still has its spanner head not yet snapped off.
Front tubeplate


The new front tubeplate rivetted in place.
Tender paintwork


A view showing the new paintwork on the tender.

Further information about the restoration of 1638 can be found on the Maunsell Locomotive Society's Profile of 1638 page.


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