Ivatt boiler’s steam tested in readiness for Worth Valley 50

By Paul Appleton

THE contract overhaul of the boiler from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s Ivatt 2-6-2T No. 41241 has been completed at the Severn Valley Railway – paving the way for the locomotive to restage its role in the Yorkshire’s line’s opening celebrations 50 years ago.

The boiler is soon to be delivered to Haworth so that reassembly can get underway in the new year.

The smoke and steam emitting from the boiler of No. 41241 in the yard at Bridgnorth on December 3 are a sure sign that it is close to being ready for return to Haworth and reuniting with its bottom half, so it can be completed in time for it to take its place in the 50th anniversary events in June. PAUL APPLETON

Having passed its hydraulic test, a fire was lit and the boiler steam tested in the first week of December in the yard at Bridgnorth, with the overhauled boiler mounted on the SVR’s ‘boiler test’ well wagon.

The locomotive is needed for the KWVR’s big 50th anniversary season and is set to star in a special eight-day gala marking the major milestone at the Yorkshire line between June 24 and July 1, where it will appear in the non-authentic LMS (KWVR) red livery it carried when hauling the reopening train on June 29, 1968, along with SR USA 0-6-0T No. 72.

Work on the ‘Mickey Mouse’ has been a priority in the SVR’s boiler shop over recent months meaning that work on completing the boiler for the railway’s own BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 No. 75069 has been further delayed.

Stay holes are currently being drilled as firebox reassembly has resumed, and the tube plate and door plate have been trial fitted and will shortly be riveted and screwed into place.

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