2018: a ‘Great’ Western year

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

Along­side the open­ing of the new Cor­wen sta­tion, 2018 looks set to be a bumper year for GWR steam at the Llan­gollen Rail­way. As well as pan­nier tank No. 7754 (see main story), 2018 is the tar­get steam­ing date for a lo­co­mo­tive that will fill one of the most sig­nif­i­cant gaps in Great Western preser­va­tion - new ‘Grange’ 4-6-0 No. 6880 Bet­ton Grange (see New­build News). In ad­di­tion, as re­ported in SR456, the Llan­gollen Great Western Lo­co­mo­tive Group has pin­pointed 2018 as an ap­pro­pri­ate time to complete the restora­tion of its ex-Barry ‘Small Prairie’ No. 5532, which will turn 90 that year. How­ever, this will only hap­pen if its £150,000 ap­peal to over­haul the boiler is suc­cess­ful: for de­tails, or to make a donation, write to Llan­gollen Rail­way GW Lo­co­mo­tive Group, 21 Al­lan­son Road, Col­wyn Bay, LL28 4HN, or visit www. llan­gol­leng­wloco.co.uk At least three Swin­don prod­ucts should be avail­able from the cur­rent work­ing fleet - ‘Large Prairie’ No. 5199, ‘64XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 6430 and ‘Manor’ No. 7822 Fox­cote Manor - while ‘2884’ 2-8-0 No. 3802 is un­der­go­ing its ‘ten-yearly’ over­haul and could steam in 2017. From the LMS sta­ble, 2018 should be the year in which ‘Pa­triot’ No. 5551 The Un­known Warrior is out­shopped from the works of Llan­gollen En­gi­neer­ing (see New-build News).

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