As another year comes to a close, we enjoy looking back on projects to be proud of from 2019.
One of our favourites was contributing to the incredible task of bringing a steam locomotive back to life!
We supplied stock to Severn Valley Railway during the restoration of a locomotive in a dire state, due to being left outside rusting for 20 years prior.
Back in February 2019 the double-chimney BR ‘4MT’ 4-6-0 was showcased at the heritage railway. The restoration of No.75069 has taken the Severn Valley Railway’s engineering services motive power department over 20 years to complete, more than 25,000 man hours and cost them a whopping £900,000! But all the effort was undeniably worth it, as Will Marsh (Team Leader) puts it “every engine here should have its chance at the limelight”.
And we couldn’t agree more! We were thrilled to see No.75069 take the spotlight on February 16th 2019 when it joined the rest of the fleet. The locomotive now pulls passenger services between Bridgenorth and Kidderminster, spreading joy to locals and visitors alike.
Here at P+P we were thrilled to be a part of such an incredible project that would fill No.75069 full of life once again. Over the years, P+P supplied material to aid the restoration. Our sales team worked closely with the Severn Valley Railway team to ensure we understood their objectives and requirements. We learnt that:
- Steam locomotives use copper tubing to connect the water and steam spaces of the firebox with that of the barrel
- Copper is used mainly due to its good fatigue and corrosion resistance which is essential when working in all weathers
Once we understood the project requirements and identified where we could help, we were able to provide the team with exactly what they needed. Over the years we provided a large amount of copper tubing in a variety of sizes. P+P stock copper tube in straight lengths and coil, ranging from 1/8″ od to 15mm od (in coil) and 1/16″ od to 159mm od (in straight lengths).
P+P Non-Ferrous are renowned throughout the UK as a copper supplier for our competitive prices on tube (as well as sheet & plate).
Finally we found that a number of the copper tubes we supplied would be visible from the exterior of the locomotive. This meant we had to ensure the tubing was polished to an impeccable standard. Not only this, but the handling, packaging and delivery of the materials had to be managed with the upmost of care. We’re lucky enough that our warehouse staff care about our customers and handle all orders with the care it needs. From the pictures below, there’s no denying that the copper tubes look sparkling!
We’re thankful to Severn Valley Railway for their business during this project and extend our respect for the great work they did.
Here’s to many more successful projects in 2020…!