POLKEMMET COLLIERY’S BARCLAY SET FOR RESTO
Graeme Walton-Binns has taken on the mammoth task of returning the 104-year-old locomotive, which is missing many vital components, back to steam. Former National Coal Board Polkemmet Colliery No. 8 is currently based at the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group’s site at Dunaskin. The 1912-built locomotive, W/No. 1296, was reduced to little more than Mr Therm has been in Seaton Park, Aberdeen, since 1974. Dismantling of the 1947-built locomotive, W/No. 2239, took place in late May to prepare it for a cosmetic restoration. The 0-4-0ST, which has skirts for street running to take coal through the city to the gas works, has won a £9,000 grant from Aberdeen Harbour Board. The work is being led by the Friends of Seaton Park. Aberdeen Gas Works frames, boiler and wheels, following a raid by scrap thieves while it was based at Minnivey. Well known by enthusiasts during its latter days at Polkemmet Colliery, where it wore ‘large logo’ NCB blue with a full yellow cab, many had considered the locomotive beyond repair. But Mr Walton-Binns, who first viewed the locomotive while on holiday in Scotland around 12 months ago, thought otherwise. He told Steam Railway that after inspecting the dismantled locomotive, he considered that it would take no more work than its classmate, ex-NCB Waterside engines fared well at the end of steam working in the mid-1960s. In the end, all four machines made it into preservation. Black Hawthorn 0-4-0ST City of Aberdeen is a static exhibit at the Tanfield Railway, on loan from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society. Barclay 0-4-0ST Bon Accord has recently steamed at the Royal Deeside Railway, and Aberdeen Gas Works No. 3 is at the Grampian Transport Museum. Barclay 0-6-0T No. 17. Crucially, No. 8 retained its valve gear, which No. 17 was lacking by the time it entered preservation. The comprehensive overhaul of No. 17 is well under way at the Llangollen Railway, with significant boiler work completed, as well as much new platework. However, No. 8 is destined for Mr Walton-Binns’ own workshop in Teesside. The first steps towards that move took place in mid-May, when the boiler of No. 8 was lifted back into the locomotive’s frames. A low loader is expected to take the locomotive to Teesside within the next month or two. When it arrives in the North East, restoration will be tackled by the volunteers who restored three 2ft-gauge Bagnall 4-4-0Ts, the last of which is now approaching completion. Even before No. 8 has arrived, the team have organised a replacement chimney, dome cover and bunker. Once the overhaul is complete, Mr Walton-Binns hopes that No. 8 might work in the North East, as well as being available for hire.
THE MAN behind the overhaul of a Barclay 0-6-0T that many considered to be beyond hope has rescued a second sister locomotive which has been the victim of scrap thieves.
Lothian Coal Company No. 7, which was completed in 1914 as W/No. 536 and is now on display at Prestongrange Museum.
A high-vis yellow smokebox door adorns Mr Therm, which rests in Aberdeen’s Seaton Park. SHEILA GORDON No. 21 undergoes a steam test at the Ribble Steam Railway. TIM OWEN Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T No. 8 at the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre at Dunaskin, showing the enormity of the task ahead for its new owner. ARCHIE THOM