Following the recent completion of the in house boiler repair, Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 has successfully completed an ‘out-of-the-frames’ steam test. The images taken on 19th & 20th February 2015 show the Thursday (left) and Friday (right) of a 3 day project, the boiler being taken to full working pressure of 160 psi on the Friday, after some minor remedial work first thing that morning. This is another step towards a full return to service later in the year, hopefully not too far away.
Behind, no. 85 is MR 4F 43924 which was also having a steam test following its routine wash-out. Unfortunately 43924, with maintenance required on the locomotive, will not be in action this weekend, see separate post.
Featured image: Neil Harvey. Photos: Left, Steve Harris. Right, Frank Richards