During the dismantling stage, the smoke box saddle fabrication was found to be badly corroded in the centre. In order to remove the saddle, the cylinders had to be removed first, as the exhaust ports on this early version go through the frame and the saddle. When removed, the cylinders were found to be in need of replacement as they were both cracked horizontally, as well as being badly wasted. The front frames behind the cylinders were also found to be badly corroded and a large section has had to be replaced.
This picture was taken during July 2012, before the front end was dismantled, the smoke box saddle can be just about seen.
This picture shows the cut where the front of the frames have been removed
The new front frames, joined together with the lower stretchers and front bogie mounting plate.
The assembly being lifted into position
Another view from the opposite side, shortly after this picture was taken, the whole from end assembly was lowered to the ground and picked up again in a more horizontal alignment.
The repaired smoke box saddle fabrication, this will be dropped into the centre of the front frames prior to welding to help with holding the frames in position.