Pen­rhyn sur­vivor set to steam in the sum­mer?

Steam Railway (UK) - - Narrow Gauge -

Ex‑Pen­rhyn 0‑4‑0WT Gly­der, owned by Gra­ham Mor­ris, could be steamed for the first time in nearly 50 years dur­ing the sum­mer. Work has started on re­pair­ing the boiler at Beamish, while the wheelsets have been re­fur­bished and fit­ted. The valve chests have been opened and the valves, pis­tons and glands re­moved for ex­am­i­na­tion. Com­po­nents re­moved so far have re­vealed a lo­co­mo­tive in sound con­di­tion. The slide­bars, for ex­am­ple, will be bright­ened up, but not re‑ma­chined, as the wear­ing sur­faces ap­pear to be in ser­vice­able con­di­tion. Along with Hun­slet 0‑4‑0ST Winifred and Avon­side 0‑4‑0ST Og­wen, Gly­der sur­vived in ex‑ Pen­rhyn quarry con­di­tion in the USA, re­turn­ing to the UK in 2012. The in­ten­tion is to re­tain as much of the patina of use as pos­si­ble.

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