Showing the testing of the chassis and tender and testing of the locomotive around the railway.
The tender lands for the first time
Chassis and tender at Dalegarth
Chassis and Tender at Miteside
Chassis and tender on the turntable at Ravenglass
Train from Spain arrives back for testing at Ravenglass
Train from Spain Smokebox closeup
Cab Close up
Lubricator and return crank setup
Closeup of the left hand cylinder and drain cock setup
Right hand side including reach rod whistle and safety valves
Cab as seen from the Right
Lowering the cradle using the workshop crane.
Turned and safely on the ground, Alex and Jack work to free the Locomotive from its cradle
Nearly ready to be rolled off onto the rails
Finally on Ratty Rails
Time to marry up with the temporary tender
Quickly pulled over up the head shunt, all goes round
Les is more than capable of moving the free moving Locomotive
Into the workshop for the night. Testing begins tomorrow!
Lighting her first fire at Ravenglass
After a long day of weighing and balancing, she is ready for bed
Into the Engine shed to say hello to her new friends
In Steam with River Irt and Northern Rock after their Inspections prior to the Santa trains
Rocks turn to be Rudolph!
Back on shed, Northern Rock doesn’t want to be seen so has gone in backwards, 8457 and River Irt face front.
On shed steaming happily.
Early in testing with a short train.
Ready to head back to Ravenglass
On test, 12 coaches and happily pulling
A standing start on Beckfoot bank.
Northern Rock is on the Sleigh again and is in the shed Backwards for the drivers Ease.
Sat at Iron Road for a change of Driver
At Dalegarth after a Successful romp up the Railway.
At the end of the testing 8457 did 3 round trips to give drivers the chance to see what she can do and to see how she would cope with a normal R&ER day. 3 willing volunteers take to the footplate in anticipation.