Renovation of the JR 4 Tubize steam locomotive

it has gain been long time since last update on this blog. During last year the work got forward together with other work. In July the HKR5 steam locomotive sufferred a broken bearing and in fall the locomotive was repared for its 100th aniversary. In July the steam locomotive LWR6 sufferred damage when its tender burned during a night in the locomotive shed. Luckyly there was no damage to other locomotives or carriages. The locomotive was quickly fixed for the Steam festival but final reparations are still waiting and will be completed in spring 2018.

A cabin of a steam locomotive going through major rebuild.
The roof of the JR4Steam locomotive installed in its place. Photo: Jussi Tepponen 25.1.2018.

As what comes to the JR4 renovation the cabin was repared by installing new ceiling and painting parts of the cabin. Also piping for the steam boiler was installed and the new boiler sheets were ordered and recieved. The seeting is now waiting for installation and insulation of the boiler.

Boiler sheeting painted with locomotive green.
The JR4 Tubizen new boiler sheeting waiting for installation. Photo: Jussi Tepponen 25.1.2018.

During the past summer and autumn the work on Tubize has continued when there has been time for it. Different kind of piping and valves have been installed and boiler prepared for the installation of a sheet metal boiler jacket. TThat installation is scheduled for year 2016.

photo of a steam locomotive cab

side of a steam locomotive boiler

The 1947 Belgium built ex Jokioinen Railway steam locomotive number 4 passed the hydro test yesterday, representing a a significant milestone in its renovation. Locomotive boiler hydraulic pressure test carried out by an administrative authority, tests the durability of the boiler.

The locomotive passed the test with good marks and the boiler was returned to the boiler to the official register. Now the locomotive boiler restoration work is over and the next step is to install all of reconditioned parts back on the boiler and the rest of the locomotive. The work will continue and the result will be an almost-new steam locomotive. The aim is that the engine number 4 will return to the museum train traffic in spring 2016.

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Renovation work is progressing rapidly

At the moment work is at the following phase: The steam pipes are installed but no yet isolated. Ashbox and its opening mechanism are completed but not yet painted. The brake levers are installed and the drain pipe of the smokebox is ready.

Next phase is installing the oil pipes of the truck pivots and installation of the side rods. After that the locomotive can be lowered back to its wheels and rails!