Nene Valley Maintenance Subsequent to several
small boiler tubes showing signs of corrosion, the decision was
taken to replace the complete set. The following shots from Paul
Roe illustrate some of the detailed work being undertaken by
staff from LNWR(Heritage).
Superheater elements had to
be removed to allow access to the tubeplate.
An example of the corrosion-induced
pitting on the surface of the tube.
The replacement tubes
had been obtained from The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
who are in the process of restoring 43924 to service. Unfortunately,
because 44422 had been fitted with a new tubeplate, which was
bored to the original specification, the tube diameter was oversize.
To allow the tubes to be used, the ends were swaged down to the
The tubeplate being
prepared to accept the new tubes.