Battle of Britain era locomotive, Sir Archibald Sinclair, was supported in its repair of platework. After grinding out the suspected location and NDT Dye Penetrant Testing, we were able to use a camera to reveal multiple fractures in the right thermic syphon, showing the material had life-expired. It became obvious that significant replacement of old platework was required in order to obtain reliable service of this historic engine.
The repair work conducted by Hythe Marine services included new thermic syphon parts in copper and replacement of both lower sides up to the height of the brick arch. The centre part of the crown sheet was replaced, and the top corner sections. The work required the boiler to be taken out of its frames.
"It was fantastic having the HMS team's support with Sir Archibald Sinclair."