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.............

27 April 2022

Firebox wrapper lift-off!

 The work to examine the damage to the firebox wrapper, the stays and possibly the copper firebox itself, started mid April when rivets were burnt out of the sheet that was to be removed, by Benny McInnes. All the stays between the wrapper and the firebox had to be cut, allowing the wrapper to be lifted. But, once this was completed, Benny used the Plasma cutter, along with Seonagh Macdonald using the gas torch, to release the wrapper. No 9 was taken into the fresh air and slowly, and with some gentle persuasion from Adam Dalgleish, the wrapper lifted off. The copper firebox has sustained damage and will need attention and the work continued with the removal of side sheets. Good progress is being made in-house thanks to the expertise we now have.

Benny using the plasma cutter on the RH side of the wrapper.

Seonagh using the cutting torch on the LH side of the wrapper.

Wrapper pinged off the backhead.

A little more persuasion from Adam.

No 9 Firebox wrapper lifted off.

Firebox wrapper removed

No 9 firebox minus wrapper

Top of copper firebox and backhead.

Top of copper firebox.

LH side stays.

LH side firebox wrapper lower sheet removed.

Top of copper firebox with damage highlighted.

Inside view of the firebox with a glimpse of daylight!