Well it says Flying Scotsman but where is it? 4472/60103 in bits inside the workshop at the National Railway Museum York on 23/9/2006.
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i was there just after they had stripped her down the boiler was just about to be taken away but from the looks of this pic she isn't going to be completed by next year as they hoped
Paul Rope 22:12, 04-03-2007
2014 and nowhere near finished currently languishing at the East Lancs works of Simon Riley
Jak Jaye 12:55, 28-06-2014
Boiler Etc still in the workshop at the NRM York the other week. The frames are at Ian Riley & Sons at Bury.
Dave Price 07:56, 29-06-2014
It's now August 2014 and yet another problem has arisen! The 12 foot long section of the frame plates forward of the motion brackets will now have to be replaced due to incorrect/distorted cylinder casting mounting holes and a need for welding that would weaken the frame plates too much. More expense, but the NRM is still determined to see the engine in steam next year (how many times have we heard that before?!).
Peter Langsdale 12:22, 24-08-2014
I don't mean to tread on any toes, but this is really a case of throwing good money after bad. I know that Flying Scotsman is iconic, but so is City of Truro. There are numerous other locos that could have run again if the total sum spent on this ongoing fiasco had been spent on them. I for one would love to see the V2 running again. Spend the money on Mallard, thats even more iconic lets see her steam again. Sorry for the rant. My two pennyworth. Steve LEE
Steve Lee 16:33, 24-08-2014
Sad to say that this Apple Green lad almost agrees with you, Steve. My problem is pondering who was responsible for the initial inspection of 4472 all those years ago. All I will add is that it does not appear that a thorough and knowledgeable report was produced. Incorrect/distortion of the cylinder mounting holes, as mentioned by Peter, is an inexcusable finding at this late stage of a loco's repair schedule. Have the cylinders never been removed following its sale by B.R.? Had they been so, surely remedial action could have been made in those far off days, even the reaming out and bushing of holes with steel sleeves for 'Fitted Bolts' would have at least helped. As for welding weakening frame plates, someone should tell Boiler Inspectors not to allow the building-up, by welding, of thinned boiler plate. Now they are under pressure for working purposes and also mechanical stresses too! Similar to the household waste recycling issues being imposed upon us at present, I can only say that it is my personal opinion that both of the above situations are only being 'played with' by folk who should know better. In both cases at a very high cost. Of course, if another A3 had been put on one side in the 1960's, we'd 'ave 'ad another 'un to go at!