John Graham and I visited LNWR at Crewe on Saturday to view progress on the boiler.
Work is very much concentrating round the fitting of the new tube plate. This has now been trial fitted and the holes drilled though ready for final fitting and riveting in place.
The roof stays are all in except for the front 4 rows which are sling stays the nuts are fitted to the firebox end and the accessible ones have been riveted over on the outer wrapper.
The internal pipe work is complete. Work will shortly commence on the new smoke box sides and repairing the nicks in the front tube plate.
Meanwhile, back at Hopetown, the cab is now on the frames ready for drilling the fixing holes into the new joint plate.
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