Prodigal ‘Austerity’ returns home
The boiler of 1957 exWalsall gas works Sentinel 0-4-0VBT W/No. 9632 is back in its frames, as the overhaul nears completion at the Chasewater Railway. By late May, the vertical boiler was being lagged and clad in the workshops at Brownhills West, and a return to steam is expected by the middle of the year. Also returning to steam is Bagnall 0-4-0ST Dunlop No. 6, whose boiler is at Locomotive Maintenance Services in Loughborough. Motion work on Hudswell Clarke ‘Modified PLA’ 0-6-0T No. S100 continues. Elizabeth. The Avonside was previously on static display at a Tesco store in Crewe, where it wore bright blue and red. Both the property and Elizabeth (W/No. 1865), have suddenly attracted media attention, even though they have been on the market for some months. After he has sold the former Great Northern station in Lincolnshire, Mr Scholes intends to take classmate Avonside 0-4-0ST Dora (W/No. 1973 of 1927) with him to a new home, probably in the North East. The Churnet Valley Railway has welcomed the return of its first steam locomotive, Hunslet ‘Austerity’ W/No. 3777. The 0-6-0ST, painted as LNER ‘J94’ No. 68030, is to stay at the CVR for five years. Rescued from the Wolstanton Colliery in Newcastle-under-Lyme, where it was NCB No. 9, it was painted in North Staffordshire Railway madder lake livery in 1977 and named ‘Josiah Wedgwood’. It hauled the first demonstration trains in the goods yard that year. W/No. 3777 left in 2006 to go on the hire circuit.
A restored ironstone tippler wagon has been returned to Wroxton in Oxfordshire. Now the location of a business park, Wroxton was once the hub of the Oxfordshire Ironstone Company, one of the largest ironstone producers in the country with its own extensive railway system. In the 1950s, it boasted double track and up to nine working locomotives. The overhaul of the ironstone tippler was undertaken by GB Restorations. ALISTAIR GRIEVE Port of Par Bagnall Judy took part in a photographic event organised by 30742 Charters on the remains of the Bristol Harbour Railway system on May 27. Making the most of the industrial landscape, the diminutive 0-4-0ST was posed alongside the docks cranes and craft. The tiny machine poses alongside Mayflower, a steam tug completed in Bristol in 1861 and at 155 years old believed to be the oldest surviving vessel of its kind in the world. ALISTAIR GRIEVE