The respite for the Fund’s working parties did not last long: a necessary but time consuming job is to de-rust and descale the outside of the boiler and firebox preparatory to painting, and we were asked to assist in this. Small parties now converge on Bridgnorth each Sunday.
For the duration of the shed reroofing, the engine is stored outside, and is seen in a line of other engines basking in the sunlight. There is an excess of white paint on the cab roof, and this will be remedied. It was noted that the left hand gudgeon pin was nutted up with the cotter in place.
The more conventional three-quarter front view, with 82045 behind.
The actual work takes place in the boiler shop and provided a chance to see the progress made by the SVR staff. All stays are now fitted, the fire hole ring fully riveted, and most washout plugs have been selected and are in place.
A peek down through the top feed seating reveals the water distribution trays are being fitted.
These are going in in component form and then reassembled inside the boiler. Not exactly keyhole surgery but close!
What the day was about. The dividing lines between the cleaned up steel and original, untouched metal are identifiable. This was taken in the early part of the day; by the end there was a lot more clean steel.