The Bluebell Railway’s Locomotive Workshop decided that the boiler should be lifted for the fiebox repair. They agreed with the Society, to use the lift as an opportunity to overhaul the boiler and obtain a new ten year Boiler Certificate.
Boiler cladding and the brick arch had been removed, and work started to replace the foundation ring rivets, by the end of the month.
Boiler lifted, washed out and needle gunned. Firebox welding and foundation ring rivets complete.
Side stays replaced.
Driving wheels dropped and inspected. Parts ordered: boiler tubes, cylinder and horn stay bolts, coupling rod bushes, gradient pin and bushes, grate fingers. Expansion links sent to the Flour Mill for grinding and new die block
Ashpan hopper replacement in progress.
Boiler inspection passed on 16th. Small tubes reassembled, boiler refilled and given pressure test.
Driving wheels back in place, bogie wheels removed for attention.
Second boiler pressure test followed by successful hydraulic test with the Boiler Inspector on 12th.
Informal Steam Test passed on 5th. Boiler and cladding reassembled. Heritage Painters started work on 28th.
Heritage Painters finished painting the boiler and tender body.
Mechanical Work continued including fitting new return crank bearings. Wheelsets painted.
Second Informal Steam Test on 11th. Mechanical
Test in Steam with the Inspector, who issued a new 10-year Boiler Certificate, Locomotive moved for the first time, as far as the Sheffield Park advance signal, 16th.
Locomotive provisionally rostered to appear
at the "Giants of Steam" Gala in October.
Three test runs 28th, two to Kingscote and one to East Grinstead.
First passenger runs, 29th.
Camelot appeared in the Bluebell Railway "Giants of Steam Gala", 8th, 9th and 10th.