Pug 19 passed final steam test 29th April 2022

Current status:-

On 29th April 2022 the final steam test in presence of the insurance inspector took place and was passed, various small jobs and fitting of the vacuum brake system remain to be completed. It is expected that 19 will feature in the East Lancashire Railway’s event on 18th/19th June celebrating the centenary of the merger between the L&Y and L&NW Railways.

Here is a link to a short video showing 19 being trialled on 20th April by hauling a Sulzer diesel around Buckley Wells Yard – click here (opens in new window).
The image above shows 19 heading through Bolton Street towards Castlecroft Yard after passing the final steam test.

On 15th April 2022 (Good Friday) a trial steam test was carried out on almost fully completed 19, and it moved under its own steam for 52 years in Buckley Wells yard without incident. A small amount of snagging has been found necessary from trial, other work remaining includes finishing the vacuum brake system, various small jobs and final painting.

Updated 15th April 2022

Following passing a hydraulic test a small fire was lit on 18th February 2022 in advance of a steam test in a few days time.
By 23rd February 2022 a trial steaming was completed up to 125psi without any problems being encountered. Then by 8th March 2022 the boiler had passed a full steam test out of the frames and a trial assembly with saddletank, chimney and dome was made.

Updated 8th March 2022

Following dismantling at the East Lancashire Railway and Non Destructive Testing of the boiler, the trustees decided to proceed with a restoration to steam under a contract.

The work involves a reasonable amount of work on the boiler, with many ‘industrial’ fittings applied during 30 years of private industry use needing replacement, and systems such as vacuum braking equipment will need to be fitted.
Current status:-

On 15th April 2022 (Good Friday) a trial steam test was carried out on almost fully completed 19, and it moved under its own steam for 52 years in Buckley Wells yard without incident. A small amount of snagging has been found necessary from trial, other work remaining includes finishing the vacuum brake system, various small jobs and final painting. Telltale smoke can be seen from the chimney can be seen in the above photo from (and featuring) Callum Porter.

Updated 15th April 2022

Following passing a hydraulic test a small fire was lit on 18th February 2022 in advance of a steam test in a few days time.
By 23rd February 2022 a trial steaming was completed up to 125psi without any problems being encountered. Then by 8th March 2022 the boiler had passed a full steam test out of the frames and a trial assembly with saddletank, chimney and dome was made.

Updated 8th March 2022

Following dismantling at the East Lancashire Railway and Non Destructive Testing of the boiler, the trustees decided to proceed with a restoration to steam under a contract.

The work involves a reasonable amount of work on the boiler, with many ‘industrial’ fittings applied during 30 years of private industry use needing replacement, and systems such as vacuum braking equipment will need to be fitted.

We ae actively seeking funds to meet the costs, following detailed examination and dismantling it’s been possible to draw up a list of work expected to complete the project.

It was hoped that the restoration would be complete by the end of 2021, but now likely to be late spring of 2022 following detailed investigation of the saddletank indicating that a new tank would be required. On 18th February 2022 the new tank is nearly ready for fitting and the boiler has passed an initial hydraulic test out of the frames under the supervision of the insurance inspector.
By 8th March an official steam test has been passed and the opportunity taken to carry out a trial assembly of the boiler, tank, chimney and dome as in the image from Callum Porter.
Donations are still welcome towards the costs of the project, which can be found here

Further details and photos of the work in progress can be seen in our page under OUR COLLECTION for Pug 19 here