Well, we finally got to meet with the Team at Ian Riley’s Engineering!!
The boiler moved last March, and we finally sat down at
their HQ on Thursday 19th August. Cotswold Steam HGO team travelled up from
the south/southwest and were joined by a further CSPL Board member
Work has not progressed at the pace CSPL would have liked due
to COVID and not being able to meet with Riley's team face to face. Additionally,
Riley’s are only just getting back to full operations post COVID
The boiler is now in various bits:
tube plate is out
barrel section detached from the rest of the boiler
head (below fire hole door) has been removed.
Based on further analysis of the smoke box Riley's will be
providing a revised quote for its replacement/refurbishment.
A new smoke box tube plate will be manufactured and the go
ahead was given for that to take place.
A new front barrel section needs to be manufactured but
further discuss needs to take place between Riley’s, CSPL, and British
Engineering (boiler inspectors). CSPL will give authority for this to happen
very soon, we hope!
With the removal of the backhead we have found a larger that
expected volume of old stays and other rubbish! This is proving difficult to
remove but will be completed soon so the new back head section can be fitted,
and the foundation ring removed
Old and new back head
New smoke box tube place for 4277, ours will be like this one
Our boiler internals