An Inspector Calls

With just a few weeks to go before the start of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’s 2017 operating season things have been busy at Llanfair Caereinion. On Friday 10th March three locomotives were in steam for a visit from the insurance company’s boiler inspector.

In this picture the Boiler Inspector and his assistant are about to check that there are no leaks from the boiler inside the smokebox of Joan. Note that none of the three locos have their cosmetic dome covers in place.

All three locomotives passed the inspection. Final re-assembly including the spark arrestors can now be undertaken.


The Earl has had the dome and cylinder covers fitted back on. The old boy in the picture is happily puffing away at his pipe while applying a coat of heat resistant black paint to the smokebox.


One of the diesel locomotives, is undergoing a major overhaul. The grey box on legs is its fuel tank. As there was no inspection hatch a hole had to be cut in the top to allow it to be inspected and cleaned. Here the piece of plate that had been removed it being welded back in.


Work continues on the restoration of the Franco-Belge built 0-8-0T 699.01 ‘Sir Defaldwyn’ (This is Welsh for ‘County of Montgomeryshire’).

In the photo above part of the crinoline – the frame that supports the boiler cladding – is being  welded together.

In the photo below the outside of one of nozzles for the Lempor exhaust system is being milled so that it will be a close fit with the other three that make up the blast pipe.


And here is one we did earlier for one of the Beyer Peacocks.

Top View Of Lempor Blast Pipe


One of the Track Gang’s tool wagons has been suffering from the dreaded tin worm and work to replace the angle brackets at the corners can be seen in progress in this photograph.


Progress continues on the replica J Lloyd Peate private owner wagon. The end hoops and side knees that support the planks are in place. Three planks are fitted at each end and when this photo was taken some of the side planks had been positioned to check that they fitted OK.


Last but not least; running a railway has a lot of maintenance burdens. Yes most are to do with recognisable railway equipment or infrastructure but the tools that are used to get the work done also wear out or break down. Above is a photo of the inside of a 230v to 110v transformer – used to provide a relatively safe power source for drills and angle grinders. A crimped joint had corroded, overheated resulting in the aluminium wire melting and rendering it unservicable.

A satisfactory repair was achieved and after PAT Testing it was returned to service.

If you are interested in visiting the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway we start running trains again from April the first. The days we operate and the timetable are here.

If you are interested in volunteering you can expect a warm welcome. We value people with all types of skills and you will have the opportunity to learn new ones as well.

Volunteer at the W&LLR



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