Fireless restoration hits a snag

Restoration of fireless locomotive AB 0-4-0F 1952/1928 will be delayed, following the discovery that the steam pipes to the valve chests are leaking. It had previously been thought that the steam which leaked from under the footplate was coming from a cracked exhaust pipe, and this has been replaced. However, the recent steam test showed that steam was in fact leaking from the steam pipes, which are carried through various angles from under the steam receiver barrel by means of ball joints. These are of an obsolete type, and so some new form of flexible pipe will almost certainly have to be sourced. Meantime, work continues on painting.

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