1. That’s the whole cover of #39’s smokebox hanging on the crane cable. This was our first order of the day. Remove the entire smokebox cover to make it safe and easy to remove the boiler tubes.
2. Next we pulled the heavy cast iron cover from the steam dome. This is where the steam valve resides that allows the engineer to send steam from the boiler through the delivery tubes to the pistons. The steam valve has been removed and put away for restoration so once the cover is off, you can drop down the hatch and work on the boiler from inside.
3. Our Consulting Engineer, Rob, is taking ultrasound measurements of the firebox. These “soundings” determine the thickness of the walls of the Belpaire Firebox. This is where we threw “NIMBY” so he could get some fine photos and a first hand education on the mechanics of a steam engine.
4. Here’s Chris, cutting the 5-inch tubes at the front of #39.
5. Here, Nobby, cuts the 5-inch tubes from the firebox. Rob, Nobby and NIMBY are all in there working and there is room for more in the firebox. It’s a big space!
6. This is a creative shot taken from the smokebox looking at Nobby’s torch working at the far end of the boiler.
7. Bruce, on the left, and Don on the right, extract a 5-inch tube from the boiler.
8. The tube is swung out of the boiler by the crane and set down to the left under the guidance of Craig, Ken and Rich.