THE boiler of GWR 56XX 0-6-2T No. 6695 has been moved to Bill Parker’s flour Mill workshops at Bream in the Forest of Dean for overhaul.
Work to remove the foundation ring and wasted steel plate from the firebox outer wrapper began immediately.
The overhaul will include any necessary repairs to the foundation ring, replacement of wasted steel platework on the outer firebox, attention to the laps on the inner copper firebox, replacement of steel side stays as necessary, replacement of crown stays as necessary, replacement of lap rivets and patch screws on inner firebox, reriveting of safety valve mounting pad, repair/reclamation of internal steam pipes, new tubes and superheater elements (current elements are all ex BR), and any other work found necessary.
Work on the rest of the engine continues at Williton by 6695 Locomotive Group volunteers along with the ongoing assistance of West Somerset Restoration Ltd.
The group has set up a crowdfunding page in order to raise £50,000 to help raise funds for the overhaul – which has been estimated to cost £300,000, half of which will go towards the boiler.
Many parts need to be replaced, these include rivets and nuts (£3 each), screws and steel stays (£10 each), steel smoke tubes (£30 each), superheater flues (£200) and superheater elements (£1000).
Anyone wishing to support the overhaul is invited to visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/6695returntosteam restorationproject or email Locomotive6695@btinternet.com for details of share applications and sponsorship of parts, donations or loans.
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