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.