It had been a busy few weeks leading up to this but essential to be ready for action on the S&D 50th anniversary of the line closure on March 6th 1966.
There were various tests: A general inspection of paperwork covering materials used, certificates of conformity and calibration; a hydraulic test to 1.5x working pressure (412.5 psi) to check boiler fittings were attached properly; a maxed-out steam accumulation test to abuse the boiler and check the safety valves could cope; a test of the ability to keep the boiler filled with water under maximum output conditions.
|Giving the clouds a shock!|
(And it passed the tests too!).