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CP’s Inner Firebox is Lifted!

The overhaul of our flagship steam locomotive’s boiler has reached a new milestone!  Since entering the boilershop at the beginning of 2016, the arduous task of cutting out Stays in Canadian Pacific’s Firebox has been in progress.  Those of you who took part in our workshop tours during the recent Autumn Steam Gala will have discovered that both Thermic Syphons had been removed and at the time, just two more Stays were remaining in the Firebox.  Since the gala, these final 2 have been cut out.

With all 2,200 Stays removed, the Inner Firebox has now been lifted.  Lifting the Inner Firebox is a relatively simple and quick task, so it is important to bear in mind that it has taken around ten months of work to get to this point.  For this reason, the removal of the Inner Firebox is a significant milestone in the overhaul of 35005 Canadian Pacific.

With the Inner Firebox removed, you can easily examine the extent of its poor condition.  Watching the video above and looking through the pictures below, there can be no doubt that replacing the Inner Firebox is the only sensible option.  The condition of the inside of the top of the Thermic Syphons is similarly poor, which can also be seen in the video.

The work to bring the oldest and fastest surviving Merchant Navy class locomotive is in full swing.  We have already made very good progress and with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the prospect of seeing 35005 Canadian Pacific is much more than just a pipe dream.  However, we do need your support to help pay for the locomotive’s new Inner Firebox. 

Our “Sponsor A Stay” campaign ends at the end of December, so be quick to take advantage of the incentives!  A model of Canadian Pacific is up for grabs, and just 8 Stays will get you a ticket on the inaugural train when Canadian Pacific returns to service.  As this blog post goes to press, a little over 500 Stays have been sponsored.  To find out more and track progress, please go to and bookmark www.watercressline.co.uk/canpac/donate.  Alternatively, you can download and print the form at the bottom of this page. 

To keep up to date with project progress, please sign up to our newsletter by clicking here.  Finally, to find out more about the Canadian Pacific project, check out our new website at www.watercressline.co.uk/canpac.

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