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Overhaul commences.
    Following its final day in service on the West Somerset Railway on Sunday 15 April 2012, 6024 returned to Minehead shed where the first bolt was ceremonially removed to mark the start of its overhaul. The locomotive will be overhauled by the 6024 Preservation Society at Minehead on behalf of the Royal Scot Locomotive & General Trust. The Society volunteers will be assisted where appropriate by the West Somerset Railway and other organisations who will provide specialist services under contract. This will be the third overhaul carried out by the Society, following completion of restoration in 1990, and the subsequent overhauls completed in 1996 and 2004. This overhaul promises to be the most comprehensive yet, with plans to strip the locomotive down to the bare frames for detailed survey and inspection prior to reassembly with new or refurbished components where necessary. The locomotive will be overhauled at Minehead, while the tender will later be moved to Bristol Barton Hill depot. The support coach overhaul will be contracted out elsehwere.

The first major milestone in the loco overhaul was the lifting of the boiler in June 2012, follwoing the removal of cladding and cab roof. The boiler was despatched to the premises of Riley & Sons at Bury. Subject to the results after stripping and inspection, it is expected that a new firebox tubeplate will be fitted to replace the existing tubeplate fitted at Swindon..

Later in 2012 the driving wheels and bogie were removed. The driving wheels which require re-tyring have been despatched to the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh for attention. As reported in the press, the Society is invetigating the possibility of replacing the outside cylinders with new cylinders cast in a higher strength material which will allow the overall width of the locomotive to be slightly reduced. This will assist in overcoming the many gauging issues that have become evident in its last period of main line operation.

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