It's Friday 10th December 2004 and 44422's boiler was successfully steam tested at Crewe. This is a major step forward in the battle to have the locomotive working early next year.
Below are some images of the day's events.

The boiler simmering away while on test.

The business end...

The safety valves repeatedly cracked while under the watchful eye of the boiler inspector.

Wot! No chimney?

It was so good to see the 4F boiler alive again after its long period of sleep.

The test was a success and now it is time to be placed back in the frames.

On the same day the cab was recovered from Cheddleton - clearly some painting work is necessary.

It doesn't look too bad from this angle.

 The chassis and tender wait for the boiler and then......