Having been delivered to Tyseley Locomotive Works, Birmingham in November, the overhaul of LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas (see above at the NRM) is now in full swing.
Progress in 2013 included the removal of the main steam pipes, superheater elements and blastpipe. In addition the cab, the footplate boiler cladding, boiler expansion angle clamps removed, the ejector exhaust pipe and various other sundry fittings
Earlier this month, the boiler was disconnected, the valves and pistons removed from the cylinders, and the brake gear removed from the chassis.
The Society can now report that an important milestone in dismantling Bahamas has been reached and the boiler was lifted cleanly from the frames ready for the removal of the boiler tubes and a detailed examination of the boiler anticipated sometime in February. The examination will include ultrasonic thickness testing and will determine the amount of remedial work that is necessary.
At Ingrow the old tender tank was removed in December and shipped to Hill & Webster Ltd. at Ashbourne to assist in the fabrication of a new tank, the old one being beyond economic repair.
And finally, the Society’s ex-BR Breakdown Riding & Toll Van has returned to Ingrow after renovation work. See separate story.
For further information on this historic restoration, visit the Bahamas Locomotive Society dedicated website.
Featured image: Neil Harvey. Photo: Bahamas Locomotive Society