Welcome to Norfolk Steam Loco, the website of Norfolk Heritage Steam Railway Ltd., formed early in 2009 by a small group of enthusiasts in order to acquire, restore and operate an iconic steam locomotive. All major work is now complete and the loco is expected to be in steam by the end of August 2017.
Similar loco, photo courtesy of the P H Groom Collection
Why did we choose this loco? Click here.
The locomotive arrived at our Norfolk base early in May 2009, and seven years later work has progressed steadily. The old rusty bunker was removed and a new one built and installed. The saddle tank was repaired, and all the other "bodywork" sections cleaned up and painted in primer. Our members completed the arduous task of drilling out over 600 old firebox stays before the new inner firebox could be fitted, which with a complete set of new boiler tubes should give us a boiler ready and certificated for at least ten years' hard work. This boilerwork is now complete, the boiler has passed its hydraulic test and its out-of-frames steam test, and just before Christmas it was craned onto the frames.
We have finished taking apart, inspecting, repairing where necessary, and reassembling the valves, pistons, motion, axleboxes, brakes, springs - pretty much everything that moves, really. The chassis is now complete and ready to run, and has been moved up and down its short length of track to make sure everything functions properly. We have a new ashpan, and a brand new smokebox has now been fitted complete with its blastpipe, main steam pipe and blower ring. Inside the firebox, an elegant "brick arch" is in place, actually made of pre-cast concrete sections. New firebars were cast by a local foundry who just happened to have the right mould for our loco, which is surprising as historically no Austerities ever ran in Norfolk!
Though we found a number of smaller components that needed repair or replacement and some bearing surfaces that had to be recoated with white metal and machined to profile, we are happy to report that basically the loco was in remarkably good condition. We have installed a new and improved version of the old axlebox lubrication system using standard and easily sourced plumbing components, though still relying on the traditional syphon wicks. For the valve chest and cylinders, however, we have installed a small mechanical lubricator with a specially designed drive mechanism.
The loco carries the number 3193 (its original builder's number) and the name "Norfolk Regiment". One thing we are clear about - she will definitely not carry her old NCB livery, which was a very unattractive pale blue. For showing the dirt, it would be hard to imagine anything worse!
We have leased a strip of land alongside MNR at Yaxham, and one possibility is to lay a 600ft. siding on which 3193 can be stored, steamed and tested, but for the moment we are concentrating on our main task - the loco itself.
You can help us in this fascinating project. You could ...
give us a lot of money! All right, that's not going to happen very often, is it, but alternatively ...
you can give us a small amount of money each year, and become a "Friend of 3193", or ...
you can give us an even smaller amount each month and become a Full Member of our Supporters' Club.
To find out more about these options and the privileges that come with them, click here.
Alternatively, if don't want to join up or receive our mailings but would still like to help, you could send us a donation by clicking the button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use your credit card in the usual way.
The "Austerity Locomotives Spare Parts List", a little bit of history on your bedside table! Buy it here.
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