Sarah Siddons receives pre-overhaul inspection

The vintage Metropolitan Railway loco is to be made fit for its centenary.

FOLLOWING its move from Ruislip to Acton Works in May (see page 3 last month), preserved Metropolitan Railway electric loco No. 12 Sarah Siddons is currently undergoing inspection as part of preparation work for a heavy overhaul.

No. 12 is paired with LU’s 4-TC set on an empty stock working at Wembley Park, North London, on June 10, 2007.

A full specification and understanding of the amount of work needed is currently unknown, but generally the loco is thought to be in good condition, having received its last major overhaul during the 1990s.

General maintenance has always been ongoing as regular checks have been made over the years. However, the trickier topic is ensuring that newer members of the engineering teams gain both knowledge and experience of the older technologies.

The aim of the work at Acton, hoped to be completed by the end of summer 2018, is to keep Sarah Siddons in use for the foreseeable future, seeing it through to its centenary in 2023.

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