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General Repair – 1938 London Midland & Scottish Railway Documentary – A Twelve Day Restoration

We posted  A Study In Steel  last week and many of you enjoyed it and asked for more, so this is the second film in the series that we are going to share with you. Follow along as it is a little slow at the start, but well worth the time to watch it through to the end. Part I is (above) and Part II is just (below).

This film follows the progress of a Jubilee class steam locomotive 5605 “Cyprus”, owned by the London Midland & Scottish Railway. Watch the fascinating process as is passes through the railway workshops during an overhaul in the 1938.

You will see an amazing process where the locomotive is stripped and mechanically restored to like new condition in only seven days. The engine then spends five days in the paint shop and heads back out on the rails for another 120,000 miles of service. You also can learn much more about the LMS here.

                       

5 responses to “General Repair – 1938 London Midland & Scottish Railway Documentary – A Twelve Day Restoration

  1. I’m always amazed at how huge machines like that are made and serviced.

    The videos – particularly the last one – gave me the willies when I watched those guys working with no safety equipment whatsoever. The on the job accident rate must have been appalling.

  2. Once again I am amazed at the sight of so many workers maintaining this colossus. And again at virtually nothing these man have in personal protection, still this doesn’t seem to matter much as it looks as those man were just happy to work. This film was made at the height of the depression and Europe and Great Britten on the verge of the second world war. Not sure that pay was that great for the workers who risked life and lime for it, but it’s clear they welcomed the chance to work and collect their earnings.

    And while the work environment IS startling by today’s standers, as pointed out in earlier comment by Eric Haartz, (Study In Steel-1935) it is something to watch these guys work in teams that seem almost drill like. I’m having second thoughts now on the safety record and injuries that might have occurred in these foundries. It would be interesting to see the records and compare them to today’s OSHA controlled environment.

  3. I found the clip very interesting, and now wonder even more than before how people managed to operate a steam-powered railway of the size and complexity of the LMS. I have seen steam locomotives being repaired at Durán, Crewe, Swindon, Tubarao, San Bernardo and other places, but never really realized what was entailed. Congratulations to all concerned.

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