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Major milestones in Scotsman's restoration - July 2015

Date posted 06 Jul 2015

Flying Scotsman's tender has now left our workshop, marking the complete departure of the locomotive from our site. Both locomotive and tender are now in the workshop of Riley & Son (E) Bury, and the equipment needed for the steam legend to operate on the mainline – the Train Monitoring Recorder and the Train Protection & Warning System - will be fitted over the coming weeks. Once this is complete and some routine maintenance on the wheel bearings has also taken place, the world's most famous locomotive will have taken another significant step towards its much anticipated return to steam.

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Scotsman takes shape at Riley & Son (E) Ltd, Bury (Credit - James Shuttleworth).


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Tender leaves National Railway Museum's North Yard.

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Tender on the traverser at Holgate after departure from the National Railway Museum.

Major milestones in Scotsman's restoration - May 2015

Date posted 01 May 2015

The restoration of Flying Scotsman passed two momentous milestones Riley & Son (E) Ltd this week with the boiler refit and partial re-wheeling in the yard outside the Bury workshop.

The boiler which has been on display in our museum workshop left the Great Hall after opening hours on Wednesday 29 April. The workshop team have been readying it for its departure, including making new components for the smokebox door, giving the famous locomotive its new guise as No 60103.

Our team at York have been playing a supporting role to the skilled heavy engineering work taking place at Bury and have now sent across the Pennines more than 90% of the components the engineers need to bring Scotsman back to steam. Our machinist is busy creating new components for the brake ejector from scratch, to ensure that the legend's brakes are fit for purpose when working at full boiler pressure.

The frames were successfully fitted to the wheels of the locomotive, followed by the boiler being reunited with the frames. The boiler will stay on the frames temporarily while some adjustments are made to the alignment.

The next milestone is the tender leaving our workshop ready to be reunited with the rest of the locomotive. Among other preparatory work including the refitting of overhauled airbrake components, our Engineering Manager is currently relocating the water gauge which will make it easy for the crew to assess the water level while travelling along the tracks, to a safer location.

Steady progress as the boiler leaves Great Hall (video).

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The boiler in our Great Hall.


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The boiler being craned onto a low loader before the journey to Riley & Son (E) Ltd in Bury.

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The frame being craned into position on top of the wheels.

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With the boiler and cab in position it starts to take familiar shape of an A3 Class.

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Meanwhile, sparks fly in the York workshop as Engineering Manager Simon Holroyd repositions the water gauge on the tender of Flying Scotsman.


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.

Flying Scotsman update March 2015
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.

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