The Task in hand!

Work on the overhaul of Austerity No9 started in June 2019. The blog was started in June 2021 so photos and text will be added as the work progressed through that period. Because of the Covid pandemic work was interupted during that time but the intention is to restore Austerity No9 to working condition as an N.C.B locomotive in blue. Work continues.............

6 February 2022

Firebox doors, Firebox damage and Sandbox forming!

 Work has continued on various parts of No 9. Alan French has completed the firebox doors, a trial fitting was done - successfully -  and they have been gritblasted and given a protective coat of red oxide - although this will quickly burn off once the fire is lit!

Some rivets have been burnt out on the firebox jacket and once this has been completed, the top will be cut and removed to examine the crown sheet and stays. The chalk line indicates where this might be done.

We also did some bending on the right-hand trailing sandbox replacement and this will allow us to get on with the assembly.

Firebox doors trial assembly before blasting and painting.

Firebox door top guide and levers ready to be painted.

Firebox doors blasted. Doors, bottom guide and handle. 

Firebox door parts all protected with red oxide.

Dip in top of firebox above crown sheet visible.

First rivets burnt out on firebox jacket or wrapper. Chalk line where cut might be made to remove it.

Rivets along firebox outer jacket or wrapper behind backhead getting burnt out. Dip easily seen.

Top of RH trailing sandbox formed in press.

RH trailing sandbox trial assembly.