The restoration of Flying Scotsman was in the critical final stages before Christmas 2015 in the Bury workshop of Riley &Son (E) Ltd. The team are working full steam ahead to finish the job and the work is still on track to be complete by the end of the year, ready for the January test runs on the East Lancashire Railway.
Electronic railway design engineer Mandy Sharpe has been finishing the installation of the on-train monitoring recorder (OTMR) into the 1923 – built locomotive, similar technology to the ‘black box’ on aeroplanes. The project reached an important milestone when the locomotive was set on the tracks outside the workshop for its gauging inspection. As the smoke deflectors had also recently been fitted, the locomotive’s profile is now very much starting to look as it will when it returns to Britain’s mainline tracks in 2016.
The team at Heritage Painting have been painting in and around the cab to ensure that it looks the part for a working museum artifact- all the modern equipment Mandy has fitted has to be hidden behind panelling or in boxes to comply with railway standards as far as is practicable for steam locomotives. Terri Ann O’ Connor (also in the video) has been applying the characteristic coat of red paint to the recently-fitted buffer beam. Several work packages are now complete, with many others at 99% – still to come is the completion of the motion and the fitting of valve rings ahead of the static steam tests later this month.