LNER steam locomotive completes boiler test at Crewe

The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust has confirmed to RailAdvent that yesterday, 31 January 2022, LNER A4 No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley underwent a new hydraulic boiler test.

The test was completed and passed at Locomotive Services Group at their base in Crewe.

This new test resets the A4’s 10-year boiler certificate, which is currently held since the last test, which was carried out during the boiler overhaul at Llangollen Railway.

With the coronavirus pandemic, that’s good news, although a new test was part of the redesign plan.

The engineering team are now continuing work towards the locomotive which is starting its running tests, which we published news last month confirming that these tests would be carried out at Severn Valley Railway.

In a statement, the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust said: “The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust is pleased to announce that on 31st January 2022 a successful hydraulic test was carried out on the boiler of Mr Nigel Gresley. The test resets the start of the boiler’s 10 year assurance period from the previous test carried out during the boiler overhaul at Llangollen Railway. With the impact of COVID-19 extending overhaul times, this is particularly welcome news, although retesting has long been part of the overhaul plan facilitated by the benign conditions at the York workshop where the boiler has spent most of its time since being refitted. – united with the chassis on November 7, 2019. SNGLT’s engineering team is now continuing steaming the locomotive and preparations for running-in.

Jose P. Rogers