Lady Ingrid steam locomotive passes boiler test

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The Spa Valley Railway has announced that a major milestone in Andrew Barclay’s ‘Lady Ingrid’ redesign has taken place.

Much work has taken place over the past 12 months and in mid-August Lady Ingrid’s boiler successfully passed its hydraulic examination in the presence of the Spa Valley Railway boiler inspector.

After that, the fire was lit and steam was raised for the first time in 10 years. A few minor issues were detected and the boiler had to be cooled before the work could be completed.

Fast forward a few months and by mid-October the boiler successfully reached full working pressure and the safety valves were adjusted and an internal test was performed.

Credit: Spa Valley Railway – 75F Loco Department

Last week, Friday November 5, 2021, the boiler was re-steamed in the presence of the boiler commissioner. He confirmed that he was happy that the boiler was reintegrated into the chassis.

This is an important milestone in Lady Ingrid’s overhaul and plans are now progressing to arrange for a crane to reassemble the boiler into the locomotive frames as soon as possible.

If you would like to donate to Spa Valley Railway and their plans, please visit their fundraising page on their website for more information.

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