Severn Valley Railway Engineering Services

News from around the works

July 2013

Standard Class 4MT No 75069

The ‘75069 Fund’ owned locomotive has seen work restart in 2013. This has largely progressed on the boiler with a quantity of stays and rivets all being prepared for removal. Two new replacement barrel sections have been sourced by an outside supplier who has considerable experience in producing these assemblies for Standard 4MT types in preservation.

The view of the locomotive was taken on the 25th April 2013. As can be seen the loco is well stripped, all the valves and pistons are also removed. She requires boring and new valve liners fitting. Once 7714 has vacated the jacks it is expected that 75069 will be next to occupy them.

The other two views are more recent. Taken on Wednesday 10th July, these show the tender tank being removed, followed by the frames being lifted from the wheelsets. This enables a start to be made on the tender undercover in the main shed.





All photos taken by Duncan Ballard

June 2013

Ivatt Class 4MT No 43106

Following on from last month’s update, progress has moved forward at a nice steady rate. The boiler was successfully re-fitted to the frames on Tuesday 11th June 2013. The two photos taken by Duncan Ballard on Friday 14th June 2013 show the ‘Flying Pig’ now in the main shed, awaiting all the pipework and running plates etc to be re-fitted. The progress made in the last two weeks has been remarkable, and a big thank you to all concerned. With some focus, planning and luck, 43106 will be returning to the line very shortly…




Photos taken on 14th June 2013 by Duncan Ballard

May 2013

Ivatt Class 4MT No 43106

The intermediate overhaul which was started in late January 2013 is gaining pace, and now the main areas requiring attention have been completed. The boiler was successfully steam tested in early May, following hydraulic and out of the frame examinations. The boiler is now back in the Boilershop for fitting of crinolines and insulation. The new dragbox was successfully riveted into place last week, and on the 30th May the rear wheelset was re-fitted, thus making 43106 a 2-6-0 once again. Work has already seen the new piston assemblies fitted, and all the motion will follow suit shortly.

Next movement will see the chassis re-united with the boiler and hopefully before the summer is over 43106 will be back in service on the Severn Valley Railway, and will hopefully give a few more years great service and pleasure to many visitors and enthusiasts.




These photos by Duncan Ballard show the first fire in the boiler since repairs on the 2nd May 2013, followed by the re-fitting of the rear wheelset and a view showing the new dragbox in place on the 30th May 2013.

GWR 0-6-2T No 5643

Furness Railway Trust owned locomotive arrived back at the Severn Valley Railway on Wednesday 22nd May 2013. I say returned back as this is her third visit to the railway in recent years. The locomotive has recently undergone repairs and returned to traffic at Ribble over the Easter Holiday. A popular preserved line locomotive due to their size and capacity, 5643 will be stopping at the Severn Valley Railway until at least January 2014. During her spell here, the locomotive will enter the general operating pool of locomotives. We look forward to working with the Furness Railway Trust with 5643 over the coming months, as well as progressing their boiler from 150 ‘Cumbria’ which is receiving attention in the Boilershop.



Photograph by Duncan Ballard.

January 2013

Ivatt Class 4MT 43106 ‘The Flying Pig’

Work has recently started on carrying out an ‘intermediate’ repair of Ivatt Class 4MT, 43106. The boiler was lifted from the frames on Wednesday 23rd January 2013. This is to enable work to be undertaken on removing and fitting a replacement drag box. Unfortunately due to the design this requires the boiler to be removed. Whilst this is required we are taking this opportunity to replace the small tubes, thus making maximum use off the boiler life.

This work was featured in a news item broadcast by ITV Central News, with the news item available to view here:




These two photos show the new drag box fabrication, and the boiler on the floor in the Boilershop. Both photos by Duncan Ballard


January 2013 in Bridgnorth

A Happy New Year to all. January always brings the department chance to catch up on December’s usage, this is a crazy month for the locomotive department. As of the week commencing 21st January 2013 all locomotive’s had been washed out, with their boilers examined. All the mechanical repairs also require catching up with, this is a big task to undertake along with the other stream of work which still requires undertaking.

42968 bowed out of traffic on 7th January 2013, after achieving her maximum boiler life. A very popular and versatile locomotive, she will await a slot in the works in the not too distant future.

1501, 4566, 5164 & 34053 are undergoing maintenance and repairs. 7812 is still receiving a Valve & piston examination/repair. 43106 is about to receive some ‘heavy’ work to the chassis, with a new dragbox being fitted over the next few months. To enable this to happen the boiler requires lifting, hence what looks an easy job becomes somewhat bigger!

Hopefully these three views show our recent problem for working with or in, Snow!! These views taken on Monday 22nd January 2013 show the recent snowfall around the shed yard at Bridgnorth.





All photos by Duncan Ballard.

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