Thank you, Nigel. I must admit, though, that I am a little fuzzy on the logic behind the acquisition of an engineless tender for which there are no plans when so many other of the museum's preservation projects are in need of funds.
I hear you!.
To be clear it was not an acquisition as such. The museum has apparently owned this tender for a number of years. Due to pressures at the site where it was located it became a case of move it to Union or cut it up.
This was a choice on which opinions are still divided. The objective of what is being done is the 15 year inspection. The existing flues were in perfectly good condition but had to be cut to get access to the boiler shell.
It was decided that the cleaning and inspection could be done leaving the super heater flues in the center of the barrel. At times during the process Collin and Eric have cursed this decision !!. It certainly made their access and working much more tricky at times. However, we are now thru the downside of the choice and gaining the benefit. We have 12 less flues to refit and saved about $2500 on safe ending that we would have had to do if we had cut them out.