The boiler had its annual boiler examination by the surveyor on Friday the 5th July and unfortunately the crown stays have reached the point whereby the loco cannot be used.
The crown stays are the originals with which it came into preservation and date from at least the 1960’s so they have lasted well.
Though it is possible to change most of the crown stays, there are two rows which cannot be accessed without removing all the tubes out of the boiler which would cost a considerable amount to replace, so reluctantly it has been decided to withdraw the loco early for a 10 yearly overhaul.
In the mean time the engine will go to Peak Rail and be stored under cover at Rowsley. It will be moved there on the 19th July