Wadebridge Locomotive

Wadebridge has had another successful season with visits to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, the West Somerset Railway and the Churnet Valley Railway.

It was at home in service on the Mid Hants Railway when failed on 17th September due to one of the main steam pipes having a hole in it. When the boiler-smith carried out an inspection he found that the other main steam pipe was also thin due to corrosion. Both pipes have been removed and will require new ends. The valve gear is also in need of attention and there is the new smoke-box door to fit. The annual boiler exam is also due soon so the locomotive will be out of service until the New Year.

New Smokebox Door
The New Smokebox Door

New tender The railway has now finished machining the axle-boxes and the bearings have been white metalled at a cost of #8000.

Tender Frames
The Tender Frames

Test fitting
Test fitting one of the axleboxes