The overhaul of unique Caledonian Railway ‘439’ class 0-4-4T No. 419 has taken a major step forward, following the re-wheeling of the locomotive on Aug 3.
Based at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society locomotive has been under overhaul since it was withdrawn from traffic in 2009 when its boiler ticket expired.
Returning the McIntosh-designed 0-4-4T to steam suffered a major setback when the first batch of new axleboxes for the driving wheels was stolen in 2012.
Now No. 419 has had its driving wheels fitted back into the frames, the next step is to reunite the locomotive with its boiler, which had been sent away to Ian Riley’s workshop in Bury to have all its crown stays, foundation ring and sections of the outer firebox replaced.
With much of the motion ready to be reassembled, the SRPS hopes to have No. 419 back in traffic on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway by the end of next year.