92 SQUADRON, Nº34081
Registered Charity Nº299140


34081 passing the chandlery on the outskirts of Sheringham, 3rd April 2005. Photo: Ian Bowskill

34081 failed a boiler examination with 13 broken stays and although we were hopeful of an extension if the stays were replaced, this did not prove to be possible. After a long discussion with the boiler inspector it was evident that a simple stay replacement would not have satisfied his concerns.
On Thursday, 6th May 2010, the Society and the Nene Valley Railway signed an agreement that saw 34081 return to Wansford for the overhaul to take place. The Society would like to place on record its gratitude to the North Norfolk Railway for giving 34081 a home when it needed it and in many ways we were sorry to leave. The NNR did make a very fair offer to assist with the overhaul but the fact is few of our volunteers are in a position to regularly make a trip to Norfolk to work on her and we were faced with either a long drawn out job or a very expensive one contracted out. Our small team is mostly local to the Nene Valley and able to put in many more hours on the loco now it is back on its doorstep, as was the case during the loco's initial restoration.
Just after 16:15 hours on 19th May 2010 92 Squadron touched down at her new home of Wansford on the Nene Valley Railway and the overhaul began in earnest. The first task was to prepare 34081 for a boiler lift which was achieved on 19th January 2011. In the meantime, many removed components were refurbished ready for reassembly or new items manufactured while our volunteers prepared the frames for lifting. Following the boiler lift we removed the ashpan and grate from the firebox, all the super-heater elements, dome, regulator and blowdown valve to enable the boiler to be transported to Chatham Steam in Kent. The major task of cleaning and painting the frames was carried out by our volunteers and the front bogie wheels sent away for new tyres to be fitted at the South Devon Railway. Over the following months reassembly commenced in earnest in the hope of having a rolling chassis ready to receive the boiler on its return. Attention was given to the refurbishment of the tender at the same time. During 2016 our team of volunteers worked towards returning the loco to steam following the return and refitting of the boiler and on 12th December a warming fire was lit in the firebox with full pressure achieved the next day along with movements within Wansford yard. 34081 returned to service on the NVR on 25th February 2017.

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