An update on the B17 Steam Locomotive No. 61673 Spirit of Sandringham


The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust, which builds LNER B17 # 61673 Spirit of Sandringham, has sent an update on the work of CTL Seal in Sheffield.

An order for the manufacture of the 6’8 ″ six-wheel drive has been placed with William Cook Cast Products Ltd.

These casts will use the same wheel model found on 60163 Tornado, with the models on loan to the B17 Steam Locomotive Trust of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.

The wheel model is currently being prepared in William Cook’s Pattern Shop, with each wheel going through NDT testing using both x-ray and ultrasound testing to guarantee the product.

This new order follows recent castings of the Couple Axlebox and the two Cannon Boxes, both performed by William Cook Cast Products in Sheffield.

We also recently reported that the tender for 61662 Manchester United had moved from Worksop to Sheffield. You can read this news by clicking here, but in short…

Project 61662 Manchester United manufactured a mock-up of the B17 61662 Manchester United at the Mizens railway site near Worksop.

However, last year they decided to abandon the project and dismantle the full-size model they had created. Behind the model was a real Tender LNER, used by the B17s during their construction. The Group decided to donate the tender to the B17SLT, and it was transported from Worksop to Sheffield on November 31 and December 1.

Credit: B17 Steam Locomotive Trust

Now in Sheffield, the 61662 LNER annex is now stored with the other two annexes belonging to the B17 Steam Locomotive Trust. The Trust is working on grant applications to enable the teardown of existing offerings, identify what can be reused, and hopefully start building a renovated offering. This work will be carried out by apprentices under supervision and will constitute an important part of the training program.

The intention is that the main tender which is being refurbished will have increased water capacity by redesigning the reservoir.

If you would like to donate to see a B17 on the main line, please visit the B17 Steam Locomotive Trust website.


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