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Boiler Barrel Cladding

In a slight change of the plan the boiler barrel cladding has been fitted to the locomotive ahead of the superheater header, superheater elements and chimney. This is, in part, due to further delays in getting the superheater header formally hydraulically tested but also because a better method of fitting the cladding sheets was devised. Prior to the fitting of the six cladding sheets the boiler barrel lagging was finished off.

The A-frame used on the loco was modified to be higher whilst a combination of magnetism and a power hoist helped make a difficult and heavy jog much easier. Our thanks to our contractors, Leaky Finders, for their hard work in getting the cladding sheets fitted.


Superheater Header News

We have some news of No.6024’s superheater header.

Crack repairs completed just before ‘lockdown’ have recently been followed up by remachining of the superheater element seats, the manufacture of new studs and conical washers used to secure the elements into the header. Shortly the header and the brand new elements will be subject to an insurance company witnessed hydraulic test. Once successfully completed and work is able to restart in Minehead refitting the header (and chimney), followed by the elements, will be high on the agenda.


No.6024 at 90

On 30th June 1930 No.6024 King Edward I was officially “rolled out” at the GWR’s workshops at Swindon. So, it is Happy Birthday to No.6024!

To mark this day we present five photographs of the locomotive at different points in its life, GWR through to preservation.

Whilst it has not been possible to complete the current overhaul of the locomotive in time for this milestone we hope to shortly restart work on the locomotive so it won’t be too much longer for No.6024 can be seen and heard at work once more. It is a day that can’t come soon enough!


6024 AGM 2020

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the 6024 Preservation Society Ltd will be held at 14:00 on July 18th.

In the light of current Government guidelines in respect of Covid-19, we are unable us to hold this meeting in the usual way. It will therefore be a virtual meeting, using the video conferencing service “Zoom”. All members are invited to participate, and information about how to register is contained in the Calling Notice.

The formal calling notice, minutes of the 2019 meeting, the signed accounts and a proxy voting form can be read and downloaded via the links below:

Calling Notice

2019 AGM Minutes


Proxy Voting Form

We hope as many of you as possible with be able to participate in this somewhat different meeting.


Ninth Bob Robson Album

Album number nine from the Bob Robson collection has now been published. Sadly this is the final album in the collection, there are no more photographs to publish.

This selection of Bob’s photographs starts in 2003 with the odd older one also included. We hope you enjoy this final album and all of those previously published. They all provide us with an unique view of No. 6024’s life in preservation.

Album nine can be viewed here.


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