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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 98 - October 2007
Movement of the Ivatt Locomotive Trusts Welltrol and boiler
Agreement was reached some time ago with the Isle of Wight Steam railway for the transfer of our two Ivatt tank locomotives for operation on their railway. As both locomotives are superheated, they are not really suitable for working on the short length of track at Quainton.
Locomotive 41313 was taken over to the island last year (see qn 97 article) and IOW Railway members have already done quite a lot of work on the chassis and are now waiting for the correct boiler.
When we thought BR were talking sensibly about our working to Aylesbury, we started work on tender loco 46447 and in the course of this work put 46447's boiler into the frames of 41313. This means that the IOW now has the wrong boiler in the loco they are restoring.
There is very little difference between the tender loco's boiler and that of the tank engines, but our tender loco's boiler is in very poor condition, which is why we originally bought 41313.
The easiest way of transporting the boiler was with our weltrol, which saved heavy craneage at Quainton and Haven Street. It will also allow the retubing to take place under cover in the IOW's workshop.
The move to the IOW took place in late July when advantage was taken of the move of our Thomas to the island with the Weltrol going as a return load on the low loader.
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