Locomotive News – February 07

Although Nicol Boilers of Shotts have successfully completed all the work they were contracted to do, including a full retube and  repairs to cracking around the firebox door, the boiler unfortunately failed its hydraulic test, due to leaking stays and a leaking firebox tubeplate lapjoint.
It is expected that these faults can be rectified fairly easily. However this involves traditional boilermaking work of a type not normally undertaken by Nicol’s, so the remedial work will take place at Israel Newton’s boiler works in Bradford. The boiler should be moving there about the end of February, and work is expected to take about four weeks.
As soon as the boiler returns to Dunaskin, an all-out effort will be made to prepare the locomotive for a speedy return to steam.
Whether or not we open to the public this season depends entirely on this work being successful.

Meantime, work is in hand on giving Number 19 a cosmetic facelift so that it can go back on display in the yard. The discarded boiler from Number 10 has been put into the frames and has been given a protective coating. The tank, bunkers and cab are being cleaned up and painted. Number 19 will never be anything other than a static exhibit, having suffered a broken cylinder in NCB days.

Some work has also been done to the Johnny Walker loco, the engine of which has been lifted out and stripped. Work continues as time permits.

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