Restoration gets going
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.