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Last set of BR or older era boiler tubes?

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by 1472, Dec 20, 2017.

  1. 1472

    1472 Well-Known Member

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    Current removal of the tubes from GW 2885's boiler prompts the question how many BR era sets of boiler tubes remain in situ (outside museums)? There can't be many ex Barry boilers still to be stripped.
     
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    Sone peope I know still have BR stock tube s to fit to locos which have yet to be used
     
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    and i bet they willlast longer than the modern equivelent
     
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    563 . That is all
     
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    I think 5668 is still tubed.
     
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    4150 at Bewdley would still be original? Due to be worked on next year.
     
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    Wasn't Didcot's 6697 still running on its B.R. fitted tubes until a superheater flue failed? AFAIK its not steamed since so still has them.
    Ray.
     
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    Ok, there's a challenge in this. Find the set of tubes, still in the boiler, that were fitted by BR earliest.
     
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    Might be GWR Lode Star as it was withdrawn in 1951, so it might have been retubed in BR days or the tubes could be GWR ones.
     
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    All tubes all removed many years ago from that one.
     
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    Rocket must have one of the oldest sets of tubes...
     
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    4073?
     
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    Gladstone would surely get an honorable mention here...
     
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    No, they've gone. The originals were (as I recall) copper and were stripped in early days as too valuable. So the boiler consists of the shell, with the tube plates showing the tube layout, and the back plate to the firebox, but the tubes and the copper jacket to the firebox are long gone.

    Tom
     
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    Tubes long removed, I'm afraid.
     
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    There's quite a few kicking around on the sea bed, somewhere...
     
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    Anything on the Thistlegorm?
     
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    A more interesting question would be which was the last set of ex-BR-fitted boiler tubes still in use. I believe the Mid Hants returned at least one loco to steam with ex-BR tubes (because their replacement was recorded in a Mid-Hants news) but were there any others?
     

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