It's Friday 10th December
2004 and 44422's boiler was successfully steam tested at Crewe.
This is a major step forward in the battle to have the locomotive
working early next year. Below are some images of the day's events.
The boiler simmering away while
The business end...
The safety valves repeatedly
cracked while under the watchful eye of the boiler inspector.
Wot! No chimney?
It was so good to see the 4F
boiler alive again after its long period of sleep.
The test was a success and now
it is time to be placed back in the frames.
On the same day the cab was
recovered from Cheddleton - clearly some painting work is necessary.
It doesn't look too bad from
The chassis and tender
wait for the boiler and then......