Prodi­gal ‘Aus­ter­ity’ re­turns home

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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.

Mark Pearce has been a writer for for over a decade, and an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in rail­way preser­va­tion for far longer than that. Mark can of­ten be found at in­dus­trial-themed events up and down the coun­try, but he’d love to hear from any­one with news and p

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

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