When we started 4253 “YOU’LL NEVER DO THAT !, we were told by lots of knowledgeable people. You will never get that part, you won’t raise that amount and of course they were totally right . The team at 4253 would thank them for their splendid advice . This week was 3days and one evening keeping things moving forward .Tuesday the team continued getting the scale and crud out of the superheater header digging and poking then reverting to citric acid to remove the stubborn bits.We continued work on the tender of 541 getting the access panel ready to weld the holding bosses in place The other work was stripping off bits from the frames ready to trial fit the boiler on its return from HBSS .Thursday evening the boiler showed up as arranged and the yard was emptied ready for Friday’s fun and games .Friday is boiler lift day, so it rained but it did not deter us, so everything was set up to get the boiler in the frames.So, we started and in 40 mins the boiler was in the frames and snuggly sitting in the smoke box .The sight of the boiler barrel sliding into the smoke box confirmed we were 100 percent nearly sure it would fit . The drilling started straight away to attach the smoke box to the front boiler ring . After tea we lifted the boiler and smoke box out of the frames and placed on the floor ready for the hard work to really to start moving towards the completion of 4253.Not only moving boilers about we even had time to fit the 3rd side sheet to 541 tender .The whole day was a very sombre occasion indeed no jovial banter took place or P taking whatsoever. The whole team can feel rightly proud indeed of the major milestone achieved today now the hard work now starts to get 4253 back into steam .A slightly sad day as well as we remembered the team members who never saw this day, their contribution cannot be underestimated in helping to get us this far.Sunday the first full day working on the boiler at both ends and on top .The front end where the drilling was taking place of the smoke box getting it ready for riveting to the front boiler ring .On top where the trays were being fitted (to distribute the cooler water coming from the injectors into the boiler ).The back head where the studs were being trimmed to the correct length before fitting the blower valve and gauge frame. We cut the regulator stuffing box, and the brake ejector studs as well ready the bits to be fitted .Other works included needle gunning the smoke box saddle removing the crud and cutting the ninety rivets to length for the smoke box .I would like to thank everyone for their efforts over the last few days in achieving the unachievable as we were told time and time again . ... See MoreSee Less
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