Dartmouth’s Goliath regains its boiler at Cranmore works


OVERHAUL of the Dartmouth Steam Railway’s GWR 2-8-0T No. 5239 Goliath by the East Somerset Railway reached a key stage on July 23 when the loco’s No. 4 boiler was reunited with the frames.

Re-tubing of the boiler was completed at the end of May and, following a successful hydraulic test on June 14, it passed its out-of-frames steam test at the beginning of July.

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New barrel cladding has been laser cut and rolled, although the old firebox cladding has been refurbished for further use. 

No. 5239 is seen standing on the workshop at Cranmore on July 23, just hours after the boiler had been lowered into place. PETER NICHOLSON

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