News: 30th December 2007

New Firebox for 29

Progress on 29 has been very good since she was withdrawn from service for her 10 year overhaul, with the boiler now out of the frames. Things were looking good to have 29 back in service for Easter 2008 until we discover that the fire box will need to be replaced.

This was not expected as the fire box was replaced during the last 10 year overhaul. The Lambton Locomotive Trust and NYMR engineers believe we understand why the life of this fire box has been so short and are working to procure a more suitable grade of steel for the replacement.

Our current estimate to have 29 back in steam complete with a new fire box is June / July 2008.