Thursday 31 August 2023


Today in front of the BES inspector an in-frames Steam test was complete successfully for GW2807!

Work will continue over the coming weeks to start the next phase of the HGO in readiness for moving the loco under its own steam.

Keep watch here progress and updates

Friday 25 August 2023

We are not far away now!!

Its hard to keep up with progress as the CSPL team are working every day to get things back onto the loco.

We are very close to the in frame steam test and, when signed off by the Boiler Inspector, we will be looking to move 2807 and start the shakedown and running in process.

We will keep you updated on here and our Facebook Page 

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Fitting the super heater elements

and steam feed pipes

A view from below of the blow down pipe and ash pan door linkages. Also the left hand ride injector

A close up back head shot of the regulator in 2019 and 2023 (excuse the numbers)

you can see the hard work that has been put in by the team and cleaning everything!!

Next three photos are us test fitting the water feed pipes to the clack valves now that the boiler cladding has been fitted

Further work on the RHS con rod, cleaning and checking the oiler rings

Wednesday 9 August 2023

Focus on things underneath!!!

The team have been connecting the leavers to the ash pan doors. Its difficult to get detailed pictures but here are a few including a view looking at the front of the ash pan as well as the new extension to the back. We have also added a modification to help with ashing out when the loco is in operation

Is that the Chairman actually onsite getting his hands dirty!! YES this is yours truly.

Work is also underway to reconnect the rear sanders. The bar that connects the LHS and RHS was put in place and found to be the wrong way around! This has been corrected and will need further fettling so it clears the blow down valve and damper door mechanism.

The focus is on getting the boiler ready for the in frame steam test but as is the way with locomotives lots have things need to be in the correct place! So its key we have all the correct things connected to the boiler for this upcoming pressure test, i.e Blow down valve!

Fettling to the pipping in the smoke box. Here you can see work on the blower pipping

More test fitting of the J valve covers for the hydrostatic lubrication pipes. With new front barrel section and smoke box these need some re work to enable them to fit.

We are getting close to the in frame steam test and then the initial locomotives moves!! Keeping watching here for further news!!