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Progress at Riley & Sons - April 2015

Date posted 17 Apr 2015

The dedicated team at Riley & Son (E) Ltd have been busy making preparations for the re-wheeling of the locomotive, including a fresh coat of paint on the famous locomotive's wheel sets and the completion of the axle boxes.

Staff in the Bury workshop have also been hard at work refitting parts to the frames ready for the refitting of the boiler in the coming weeks, including the middle slide bar to the middle cylinder.

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Flying Scotsman's wheel sets.

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The cylinders on Flying Scotsman's frames.

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The frames and cylinders with staff from Riley & Son (E) Ltd assessing progress.


Flying Scotsman restorationNew face for the steam legend

Meanwhile, visitors to the balcony over our museum workshop can catch a glimpse of what the front of the famous locomotive will look like once complete – including its British Railways number, 60103. The engineering staff at York have been supporting the heavy engineering work under way in Bury with a range of tasks including this new look for the steam legend.

Engineering specialists, First Class Partnerships, are continuing to provide specialist engineering and project management advice to the museum with regards to this complex project.

Progress at Riley & Sons - March 2015

Date posted 06 Mar 2015

The team at Riley & Son (E) Ltd continue to progress on the project to bring Flying Scotsman back to Britain's tracks and the frames of the 1920's locomotive are now looking significantly different. The new buffer beam plate is attached and specialist painters from Heritage Painting have been painting components including the cylinders of the locomotive. Flying Scotsman will be painted BR Green and carry the number 60103 when it returns to steam.

The remaining works to be undertaken at Bury include the final fit of components and reconstruction of the A3 locomotive. Major milestones include the re-wheeling and the fitting of the boiler plus full 'running-in’ testing once the locomotive is complete.

Engineering specialists, First Class Partnerships, are continuing to provide specialist engineering and project management advice to the museum with regards to this complex project.

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Scotsman's newly-painted cylinders.

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Ian Hewitt of Heritage Painting paints the buffer beam plate.

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Ian painting within Flying Scotsman's frame
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Sparks fly in the background, with Scotsman's newly-painted cylinders in the foreground.


New Year update

Date posted 07 Jan 2015

The first stages of the weld process to unite Flying Scotsman's new frame sections with the existing frames took place before the Christmas break at the workshop of Ian Riley & Son (E) Ltd Bury.

The complex weld process was preceded by the fitting of the temporary jig to the new frame assembly of frame plates, smokebox saddle and middle cylinder for stabilisation purposes, the frame cut of 4472's old frames following further dimension and alignment checks and stabilising the whole new and old structure to restrict frame section movement during welding.

The weld temperature and control process was then set up and the first stage of the weld process – vertical weld runs on the new to old frame assembly - was successfully carried out.

The first horizontal 'Temper Bead' weld was also in place before the Christmas break, with the next being carried out early in the New Year.

Once the weld process and subsequent testing is complete the next steps in the project to bring the locomotive back to steam will be the commencement of the front end dimensioning, trialling and the final fit of components and reconstruction including the attachment of the new front buffer beam plate.

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Machining of one of the new piston heads to suit the new cylinder bore diameter.

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Side view of the new frame plate and smokebox saddle.

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The frame weld control equipment with Greg McGill (Riley and Sons) overseeing the weld process.

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The right hand old and new frame plates with the completed first stage vertical welds.


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The first 'Temper Bead' (horizontal) weld.

Progress at Riley & Sons - November 2014

Date posted 25 Nov 2014

The new frame sections and new smokebox saddle arrived in the workshop of Ian Riley & Son Ltd (E) Bury last week.

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Ahead of their journey to Riley & Son, the new frame sections were successfully aligned and pre-assembled to the three cylinders, blast pipe, and smokebox saddle at Arthur Stephenson's Engineers Ltd, Greater Manchester. The next stage of the restoration is to weld the new sections on to the existing frames. Picture by Riley & Son (E) Ltd staff.

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The new frames arrive at Riley & Son (E) Ltd, Bury

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The frames along with other components

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The frames in the workshop at Riley and Son (E) Ltd, Bury

Progress at Riley & Sons - October 2014

Date posted 08 Oct 2014

The additional work on the frames of Flying Scotsman is progressing according to plan. We are still working towards a 2015 completion date for the project to bring this iconic locomotive, the sole survivor of its class, back to Britain’s tracks.

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Frames at Riley & Son

It was decided that new frame sections were required when a trial fitting of the cylinders to the frames earlier this year showed how badly out of alignment and elongated the mounting holes were. Although we always anticipated that some remedial work would be needed in this area, the amount of welding that would have been required would have necessitated a lot of heat to be applied in adjacent areas, with potential deformation of the frame plates.

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Section of plate frame with crosses marked for painters

The new frame plates, which are 12ft in length and 1 1/8 inches thick, have now been manufactured at Arthur Stephenson’s Engineers Ltd, Greater Manchester. They will be trial assembled there with the smokebox saddle and other components that will assist their eventual fitting to the locomotive.

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New plate frame sections completed

The work on the middle cylinder is now fully complete and the next stage in the project is the machining of the smokebox saddle and the making of a framework jig. Once this is complete, the trial assembly will take place and then the fitting of the new frame plates will commence at Riley & Son (E) Ltd.

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Final stage of work on cylinders, now complete

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New smokebox saddle ready for machining

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