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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6XL)

11/02/2020 - 13/02/2020

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Refurbishment celebrates the golden age of steam

Refurbishment celebrates the golden age of steam

Important cylinder and bearing refurbishment work on Britain's most treasured steam locomotive, Flying Scotsman, was completed recently with help from a UK-based engineering company, itself steeped in tradition. Corus Process Engineering (CPE), part of Corus Group, carried out critical precision machining work on engine cylinders and axle box bearings for The National Railway Museum (NRM), owners of the famous steam locomotive since 2004.


Whilst dismantling the engine, it was confirmed that the right hand side outside cylinder had a crack from end-to-end. There was a spare cylinder, but the large face, which bolts onto the main frame of the engine, was pitted with rust, as it had been 40 years since the spare cylinder was removed from a locomotive. So NRM looked for an engineering company who had the capability to precision machine the cylinder face. A minimum amount of metal was to be machined away, 2mm as it turned out, so that a standard size of steel shim could be manufactured to maintain the centre distance from the cylinder to the engine frame.


Corus at Workington had the necessary machining facilities to undertake the work and made life easier for NRM by ensuring that all we had to do was get a standard size steel shim manufactured.

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