As a working member of the MNLPS I am often asked at branch meetings "How is the the overhaul of Clan Line progressing?"
The current situation at LNWR Crewe Heritage is that work on the boiler is coming towards completion, a hydraulic test is planned for later this month. On the mechanical side, once work on the valve setting and the brake system is completed the rolling chassis will be ready to receive the boiler. Good progress is being made with the crinoline and cladding repairs. Some items such as the mechanical lubricators and superheater header which were overhauled in house at Stewarts Lane have been returned to Crewe and await refitting.The electrical equipment associated with AWS, TPWS, OTMR and GSMR has been overhauled and is ready for refitting. Our support coach, Mercator, has been overhauled by Arlington Services at Eastleigh and awaits transfer to Crewe to be reunited with the locomotive.
Hopefully once the light and loaded test runs are completed in late March/early April Clan Line will return to her home base at Stewarts Lane and resume hauling the Belmont British Pullman from 28th April. Non Pullman trips are also planned in association with UK Railtours, on May 27th 'The Atlantic Coast Express' from Waterloo to Exeter and return and on 9th July 'The Waterloo Sunset' from Waterloo to Sherborne and Yeovil Jn returning via the Portsmouth direct, this is the 50th anniversary of the end of Southern steam. On 5th July a Pullman 'Bournemouth Belle' is planned from Waterloo to Bournemouth and Poole, this is the 50th anniversary of both Clan Line's last day in service and the last time the Belle was steam hauled. Further trips are in the pipeline, watch this space.
Chairman Croydon and South London branch