British Engineering Services recently worked alongside Riley and Son and the National Railway Museum to restore the historic and revered engine, the Flying Scotsman, the first locomotive to clock 101mph, in 1934. The iconic passenger train, has been running between Edinburgh and London since 1862.
Riley & Son, responsible for its restoration, approached British Engineering Services to help with the development of a new weld procedure. Experienced Welding Engineer, Steve Jones, was able develop and implement the procedure so that the chassis of the historic train could be repaired.
Without this development work, the restoration would not have been able to achieve its goal of taking the Flying Scotsman to the rails once more and achieving speeds of up to 65 miles per hour while pulling up to twelve fully laden carriages.
Once the chassis repairs were complete, British Engineering Services worked with Riley & Son to carry out weld testing so that the next stage of the restoration could take place. This was carried out by Senior NDT Engineer, Stede Marsh.
This working relationship has developed into a two year support role for the Flying Scotsman, where we will carry out testing and inspection services on the engine.
This latest visit enabled the British Engineering Services Engineers to catch up with the train after its initial low speed tests at the East Lancashire Railway in Bury. The next inspection is scheduled to take place in the summer, when the engine will have returned to its traditional green livery.
The pictures show the British Engineering Services Engineers inspecting the Flying Scotsman the day before its first high speed main line journey under its own steam for many years.
Left: Stede Marsh performing an Eddy Current test on the chassis.
Right: Steve Jones on the footplate