East African Railways
24 Class 2409
2409 in October 2001 with equally forlorn 5930 to the left and 3020 behind.
Painting crew April 2004.
Reuters office staff volunteers in blue, paid help in red.
Still in the museum after re-painting in early December 2004.
She was re-painted prior to restoration to working order because at the time (mid 2004) there were no plans for the restoration. There was though a full re-paint program taking place for all statically exhibited loco's in the museum. sponsored by Reuters at the behest of Graham Roberts.
Moving day, December 9th 2004 reversing out of the museum yard. Ben directing.
Heading back towards the station
Out on the "main"
Near the footbridge getting ready to be propelled west to work over to the main works entrance
To see a video clip of 2409 rolling west, before backing over to the main works,
Rolling into the main work entrance
Waiting to be shunted into 6 shop
Inside 6 shop December 10th 2004
Graham Roberts June 2005
Geoff Warren image
Simon Warare fitting the RH cylinder drain cocks December 2005
New front pilot beam being trail fitted and, Abdullah Amira and Joseph Muriuki fitting the Westinghouse brake pump January 2006
Robin Thiga showing off the new slide bar guides with the new number plates in the background. January 2006
William Buoro (L) and Abdullah Amira working on the LH radius link. January 2006
Abdullah Amira (L) and Joseph Muriuki working on the LH valve gear. January 2006
Robin Thiga turning the new blast cap on a Dean, Smith and Grace center lathe
Checking the bore
Old and new blast caps
Sitting on the main works traverser while moving to 010 shop for a wheel drop Feb 2006
In shop 010
Front bogie removal
Coupling rod removal
Removing the horn block stay nuts
Center driver dropping out .
Moving the wheel set to the side for lifting
Worn out and cracked axle boxes
Completed shell molds
Mutahi baking the shells
Pattern for casting new axel bearings
Gulali and Mapesa setting up to machine Bogie side slide bars March 2006
Oil tank recovered from Voi during 2005. It was removed during filming in 1992
Simon Warare drilling the pre-heater tube plate
James Maina welding up the oil pre-heater
Oil tank being lower back into the tender after 14 years
Upside-down image of one of the newly machined axle boxes
Amira cleaning the brake applicator
Lab technician and his Forman ultrasonic testing the loco axles
The bad news is clearly shown in this image
Driving wheels waiting for new axle
Machining keyway in new axle
Loading the second driver to be pressed on the new axle
Raising the main driving axel back into position
This superb image shows Millwright supervisor Anyasi (red hat) Crane Forman Olinga (yellow hat) and Muriuki guiding axel boxes and spring hangers into place.
Geoff Warren polishing window frames
Click here to see and hear the 2409 whistle blow
June 18th 2006
Click here to see the first movement under steam in 23 years
June 25th 2006
On the main works traverser June 29th 2006
Two images from July 2nd 2006 upon the occasion of the visit from the boiler inspector and boiler certification
THE steam preservation image of 2006?
2409 and 3020 both in steam July 20th 2006
First time two locos in steam together in Kenya since?
2409 needing just EAR tender lettering, Vulcan builders plates and the silver paint tidied up to become "ex works"
Click here to a see a video clip of 2409 working through the Nairobi yards
Click here to see a video clip of 2409 with a 200 ton load on the Thika branch line
August 2nd 2006
2409 ready to leave for Thika
Note the new, scratch made louvers on the cab window and newly installed EAR lettering on the tender
Front truck off the rails
And so the story of this page ends with an image of 2409 at Ruiru in August 2006 on a revenue freight to Thika just 18 months after being pulled out of the museum in December 2004.
Restoration team leader and images
with contributions by Geoff Warren and Trevor Heath 2005 / 2006