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

29 November 2022

A further update on Austerity No 9.

 Work continued to remove the side wrappers and the foundation ring from the copper firebox during October. But after removing the rivets attaching the firebox to the foundation ring more problems were encountered and that has led to the restoration on No 9 being put on hold at present. A large part of the firebox and the crown sheet will need replacing. All parts are being stored for the future.

The blog will continue to be updated when more news is available, 


 RH lower wrapper burned free from firebox.

Firebox inverted to work on the foundation ring. 17th Oct.

Chassis covered well but back out in the cold. New ashpan is under the tarpaulin.

Foundation ring removed.

Firebox with foundation ring removed.

Rivet holes distorted on bottom of copper firebox.

Different sizes of stays.

Copper gleaming.

Firebox lifted for removal for further examination and safe keeping.

All that remains after lift.