Work on the superheater header and associated components has continued at our contractor’s premises. The header is ready for hydraulic testing. Understandably it has taken a bit of time to arrange the attendance of our insurance inspector to witness the testing. Once it is tested and has a clean bill of health it is planned to move the header and elements back to Minehead. These will be fitted to the engine over a couple of days of work which will also see the boiler barrel cladding being fitted.
We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday 29 July work was restarted on 6024 at Minehead following the enforced break since March. Work continued over the following three days with people working in “bubbles” to maintain the required social distancing.
Work initially focussed on preparing the boiler barrel cladding sheets and boiler bands. We hope to be able to fit these within a few weeks. The intention is to fit them around the same time as the superheater header, elements and chimney. In preparation for this work on lagging the boiler has also recommenced.
Other work undertaken included adjustments to vacuum brake pipework under the new ashpan.
It is hoped to be able to continue with a minimum of two days a week working throughout August.
As members currently can’t access 6024 to view progress and as Shirley Turner was recently in Minehead on WSR business she very kindly shot this very short clip so that you can see the loco as it currently is. It is to be hoped that you will be able to see progress in person before the end of this year.