SOO Line 1003 – not dead yet?

In a happy update to our November 2010 post, 1003 Operations LLP has begun work that may result in SOO 1003 being recertified for another 1472-day boiler cycle.

The smokebox front has been removed and tube removal is under way, and the upper knuckle between the front flue sheet and the crown sheet has been removed.

Word is that so far, nothing expensive has been found. Hopefully ultrasound measurements of the firebox and flue sheets look good, and money for flues and tubes is available. It would be great to see 1003 out on the road again.

(Thanks to Jim Connor.)