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4160 Progress

2-6-2 Large Prairie No. 4160 is starting to look like an engine again in the South Devon Railway workshops at Buckfastleigh. The overhaul is being carried out for the owners 4160 Ltd, whose locomotive is normally based on the West Somerset Railway. The boiler returned from Crewe  recently where the L&NWR Workshops had carried out that part of the overhaul. This is now back in the frames complete with a new hopper ashpan. The boiler cladding has been fitted, including new front shoulders for the firebox to replace the non-standard ones that were fitted at its last overhaul. This will very much improve the visual appearance of the engine. The left hand side tank has been refitted and the right hand one will follow soon, after the vacuum pump has been refitted - a job done much more easily with the tank off. The cab roof will complete the nearing completion look. There is still a fair amount to be done - fit out the smokebox including new superheater elements which are on order, fit the chimney, cab floor, pipework and brass fittings, brick arch and fire bars. Plus a lot of smaller jobs. Late Spring/early Summer would seem to be a likely target date for completion.  Work is going on in parallel to complete the SDR's own 2-8-0 3803 which is needed in traffic for the 2006 season.

4160 in A shop 4160 in A shop
Boiler back in the frames Further progress day by day 
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