Work has now begun on stripping the loco at Reefsteamers in Germiston for the retubing with the removal of the ashpan,  fire bars and brick arch as our pictures from Reefsteamers show. Luckily a cracked fire bar was discovered during the process which will be replaced when the locomotive is re-assembled at Sandstone.

Sandstone has awarded the contract to Reefsteamers as they have the correct facilities to engineer the work and also to assist the club with income for their preservation efforts.

ashpan 1

Ashpan 2

Ashpan 3

 

Firebars

Firebars 2