The day No. 6024 was stripped to its major component parts with the removal of the boiler from the chassis, the bogie and driving wheels from the frames and the tender chassis and tank from its wheels. This work, which had involved the use of two road cranes, allowed No. 6024 to be fully assessed for overhaul. Many parts were missing, most of those left needed repairs; returning this ‘King’ to service was not going to be a quick, easy or inexpensive project.
As was common for the times, all of this work was undertaken in the open air regardless of the season or the weather. It wasn’t to be until 1986 that No. 6024 could be placed under cover in a shed again. Society members had erected a scaffolding and tarpalin tent to cover the locomotive in the 1970s but a real shed was a real boon.
No. 6024 stripped down to its major parts at Quainton, August 1975. © Unknown, please contact us if you know the photographer