Restora­tion gets go­ing

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Work has started to re­turn Bar­clay 0-4-0WT Gly­der to steam at Beamish Mu­seum. The ex-Pen­rhyn slate quarry en­gine re­turned to the UK in 2012 af­ter nearly 40 years in the United States. Now owned by Graham Mor­ris, its restora­tion is a joint ef­fort be­tween him and Beamish Mu­seum. It has been dis­man­tled and the boiler has been washed out. Al­though it will be re-gauged from Pen­rhyn’s 1ft 10¾in, and it is ex­pected that new pis­tons and rods will be needed, the in­ten­tion is to re­tain as much of Gly­der’s Pen­rhyn con­di­tion as pos­si­ble. To pro­vide a ten­der for the mu­seum’s new-build Lewin 0-4-0WT Sam­son (SR450), the rail­way is con­sid­er­ing us­ing the Lan­cashire & York­shire Rail­way ex­am­ple at­tached to the 18in gauge Hor­wich works en­gine Wren at the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum as a pro­to­type.

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