‘Manor’s’ Mine­head home­com­ing

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

‘Manor’ No. 7820 Din­more Manor could re­turn to the rail­way that it called home for the whole of its first tenyear ‘ticket’. Agree­ment in prin­ci­ple has been reached be­tween the West Som­er­set Rail­way and Din­more Manor Lo­co­mo­tive Limited (DMLL) for the Col­lett 4-6-0 to re­turn to Mine­head, for four months from June 2017. Cur­rently based at the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Rail­way, No. 7820 has spent this sum­mer on loan to the Dart­mouth Steam Rail­way. For its WSR jaunt, it will take the place of ‘Hall’ No. 4936 Kin­let Hall on the ros­ter for the line’s peak sum­mer sea­son, the lat­ter hav­ing been moved to Ty­se­ley by road on Oc­to­ber 13 for over­haul. The WSR also re­quires cover for its own ‘Manor’ No. 7828 Od­ney Manor, which is hav­ing its boiler lifted in Novem­ber and sent for con­tract re-stay­ing of the fire­box. As re­ported last is­sue, ‘7F’ No. 53809 is also re­main­ing on hire to the WSR dur­ing 2017, along­side res­i­dent No. 53808 and ‘4F’ No. 44422. By next sum­mer, Din­more Manor will be cou­pled to its third ten­der since it re­turned to steam in April 2014. It was first paired with the Church­ward 3,500gal ten­der from ‘Duke­dog’ No. 9017, on loan from the Blue­bell Rail­way, and is cur­rently run­ning with ten­der No. 1761 from another en­gine in the DMLL fleet, un­der-over­haul ‘2884’ 2-8-0 No. 3850. How­ever, the restora­tion of its own ten­der - Col­lett 3,500gal No. 2928 - is al­most com­plete at Tod­ding­ton, with only paint­ing and var­nish­ing left to be done.

D.W.V. HUNT

No. 7820 Din­more Manor coasts down­hill past Wa­ter­side car­a­van park with the 2.15pm KingswearPaign­ton train on Au­gust 16.

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