Just after Christmas the Trust decided to make funds available for one of our members to construct a series of steel panels to form an insulation/finishing layer to the Marshall Boiler. As it stands the boiler is technically naked and therefore has high levels of heat loss leading to poor efficiencies.
The cladding panels have been formed in 3 main sections and will have stainless steel bands to hold it in position. On the inside of the rolled sheets rockwool has been installed ensuring as much heat as possible is retained. Handles have also been incorporated to help with installation and removal, the whole lot will be painted once completed.
Hopefully the installation will see a dramatic reduction in fuel consumption as more and more steam engines are connect up to the system.