Riley and Son purchased LMS 4-6-0 Black 5 Number 44871, the the third addition to our home stable, on Wednesday the 20th of September 2006 and 44871 has since been moved into our works for restoration to full mainline running condition, including fitment of AWS, TPWS and OTMR and air brakes. At the moment we estimate she will be in running in Autumn/Winter 2008.


15 July 2008

The overhaul of 44871 reached an important milestone on 3rd of July when the first of the new plates was fitted to the boiler. The new throat plate has now been welded into place and the stay holes are being drilled out.

Over the last week, machinist David Smith has bored out both cylinders and is currently machining the valve liners to suit.

44871’s tender chassis is now receiving a final coat of paint and it is expected that we will re-wheel the tender over the next week or so.



44871’s frames, with a mass of copper lubrication pipes currently being fitted.


44871’s Right cylinder block after boring


The new throat plate fitted to 44871’s boiler.


On the lathe, one of the valve liners is machined to finished size ready to fit


Two of the finished valve liners


 The valve liners as they arrived, prior to machining

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