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Heritage Steam Boiler Repairs + Rebuilds

Locomotive Rebuilds and Repair Complete Rebuilds


Locomotive boiler work ranges from large scale repairs and overhauls to smaller repair jobs including manufacture of new components, stay replacements, hot riveting and boiler barrels.

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Traction Engine Rebuilds and Repair Repair and Restoration

Traction Engines

We undertake a wide range of traction engine restoration projects, including the replacement of fireboxes, re-staying, re-riveting and re-tubing the boiler.

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Shell Boiler Rebuilds and Repair Steam Boiler Specialists

Vintage Shell Boilers

Repairs to vintage shell boilers, such as Lancashire and Cornish Mill Boilers, range all the way from single rivet replacements to full scale structural repairs.

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We apply traditional boilermaking techniques to rebuild or repair all types and age of heritage steam boiler, often using techniques no longer widely practised. These are exactly the skills that we practise at McEwen Boilermakers on a regular basis.

From the initial enquiry to the final steam test, we provide a comprehensive service that allows customers to feel safe in the knowledge that their boiler will be returned to its former glory. Over many years of operating from our Farling Top Boilerworks, we have undertaken the complete restoration of numerous Traction Engine, Steam Roller, Steam Tractor, Steam Boat and Vintage Shell Boilers i.e. Lancashire or Cornish Mill Boilers.

Locomotive Rebuilds
Traction Engine Rebuilds
Shell Boiler Repairs

The range of work on each project can vary massively, depending on the condition of the boiler, but wherever possible we try to salvage as much of the original boiler so that its historical value is retained. We regularly undertake:

  • Firebox replacements
  • Outer Firebox Platework Replacement
  • New Smokebox Tubeplates
  • New Boiler Barrels
  • New Smokeboxes
  • Stay Replacements
  • Hot Riveting
  • Full Re-Tubes

Many thanks for getting the locomotive boiler repaired. It all went smoothly and was a tribute to the professionalism of everyone involved.The locomotive was back in operation for Easter and has done about 15 days service so far this year.

Geoff Holland, Sian Project Group

Get in Touch

When it comes to service, quality and safety, our record speaks for itself. We are competitively priced without any compromise on quality. To find out how we could help, please contact us:

By Phone
01535 634674

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