I visited Ian Riley and Son on 4th September to get an update on repairs to the crab’s boiler. Riley’s have 5 staff working on the boiler repairs.
The NDT survey and an examination have been successfully completed. By necessity the work to the boiler has expanded to now include a new front boiler tube and a front tube plate.
Inspections have also revealed that the front tube plate radius on Left and Right-hand side around the ten and two o’clock positions have suffered from corrosion and cracking, the cracking has been welded previously but again re-appeared around the weld. Also, between the front tube plate and the front barrel interface wastage on front boiler barrel plate work is quite extensive.
As a result of this it is necessary to replace 250 + stays and manufacture a new front tube plate and front barrel section. There is also a lot of mechanical works – a lot of which is being done ‘in house’ to keep overall costs to a minimum.
Overall the total external costs and materials will be around £150,000 at this stage.
Boiler work expected to be complete for Easter 2019 and the locomotive, hopefully, returning to service by summer 2019.