‘E1’ over­haul and re­vamp at Haven­street gets go-ahead

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

The Isle of Wight steam Rail­way has de­cided to carry out an ‘in-house’ restora­tion of its lBsCR ‘e1’ 0-6-0T - and make the ma­jor im­prove­ments to its engi­neer­ing fa­cil­i­ties that will be needed in or­der to do so.

Fol­low­ing the out­shop­ping of ‘Ter­rier’ No. W11 New­port in 2014, the re­turn to ser­vice of Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2‑6‑2T No. 41298 this year, and the cur­rent over­haul of ‘Aus­ter­ity’ 0‑6‑0ST No. 198 Royal En­gi­neer, mount­ing in­ter­est in over­haul­ing the ‘E1’ has prompted the sub­mis­sion of a busi­ness case to the rail­way’s board. Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion work on the lo­co­mo­tive has also been un­der­taken dur­ing the last month. “With other pres­sures, we had to put the ‘E1’ to one side,” says IoWSR Gen­eral Man­ager Peter Vail, “but we al­ways had our eye on it af­ter the Ivatt tanks, and now we want to push on with it as soon as pos­si­ble.” Pre­vi­ously based at the Chase­wa­ter and East Som­er­set Rail­ways, the ex‑ in­dus­trial ‘E1’ was ac­quired from its pri­vate owner in 2012, thanks to a gen­er­ous £650,000 be­quest, of which more than £400,000 is still in the bank to put to­wards its over­haul, and the planned heavy engi­neer­ing fa­cil­ity that it will re­quire. The IoWSR had pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered it likely that the Stroud­ley tank would have to be sent away for a con­tract over­haul ‑ but it has now been de­cided to bring for­ward the plans for an up­graded work­shop at Haven­street that were first put for­ward in the rail­way’s ‘Strate­gic Vi­sion’ of 2009 (see story, right). This will give the rail­way the ca­pa­bil­ity to un­der­take the ma­jor re­build that the ‘E1’ is al­ready known to re­quire. Draw­ings are be­ing pre­pared for a new boiler to the Marsh de­sign, re­plac­ing the life‑ ex­pired Bag­nall‑built boiler fit­ted af­ter the lo­co­mo­tive was sold into in­dus­trial ser­vice in 1927, work­ing at Can­nock Wood Col­liery. Al­though its true iden­tity is No. 110 Bur­gundy (South­ern Rail­way No. B110), in ac­cor­dance with the wishes of the bene­fac­tor, the en­gine is to be re­stored as Isle of Wight ex­am­ple No. W2 Yar­mouth, which ar­rived on the is­land in July 1932 and was the first to be with­drawn in 1956. Sim­i­larly, the new works will also give the IoWSR the abil­ity, in later years, to ful­fil its long‑term as­pi­ra­tions of build­ing new ex­am­ples of ex­tinct is­land lo­co­mo­tives.

JOHN FAULKNER

Car­ry­ing its new guise as No. W2 Yar­mouth, ‘E1’ No. B110 is dis­played at Haven­street on May 18 2013.

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