ELR RES­I­DENT LO­CO­MO­TIVES

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Op­ER­a­TIONaL FLEET Hudswell Clarke No. 32: The ex-Manch­ester Ship Canal 0-6-0T is cur­rently out of ser­vice un­der­go­ing re­pairs, but should be back in steam within a cou­ple of months. Painted blue, the lo­co­mo­tive will once again make work­ing ap­pear­ances as ‘Thomas the Tank En­gine’. L&Y ‘27’ No. 12322: An authen­tic L&Y lo­co­mo­tive in the heart of the pre-Group­ing com­pany’s territory, No. 12322 can only haul a lim­ited num­ber of car­riages, but is of­ten used on din­ing ser­vices, mid­week, or low sea­son ser­vices. LMS ‘Crab’ No. 13065: The ELR’s flag­ship lo­co­mo­tive re­turned to ser­vice in 2014 fol­low­ing a pro­tracted over­haul. It re­mains ser­vice­able and is ex­pected to be one of the main­stays of ELR ser­vices dur­ing 2017, al­though it will visit other steam rail­ways. BR(S) ‘WC’ No. 34092 City of Wells: The ‘Pa­cific’ has proved to be a pop­u­lar lo­co­mo­tive since it ar­rived on the rail­way 18 months ago. It is ex­pected to re­main on the ELR through­out 2017, apart from work­ing vis­its to the Swan­age and Blue­bell Rail­ways. LMS ‘5MT’ No. 44871: One of Ian Ri­ley’s main line reg­is­tered ‘Black Fives’, it has been in use on the rail­way dur­ing the win­ter pe­riod, al­though it is due to be stopped shortly for main­te­nance work, with its place on the ELR’s ros­ter be­ing taken by No. 45212. LMS ‘5MT’ No. 45212: Re­cently re­turned to ser­vice by Ian Ri­ley un­der a ten-year oper­at­ing deal with its own­ers, the Keigh­ley and Worth Val­ley Rail­way, this ex-Lo­s­tock Hall ‘Black Five’ is ex­pected to be used on ELR ser­vices dur­ing the spring pe­riod. BR ‘4MT’ No. 76084: The Stan­dard has proved to be an­other pop­u­lar vis­i­tor to the rail­way, which was once home to sis­ter lo­co­mo­tive No. 76079. No. 76084 is due to re­main on the ELR un­til March, when it re­turns to the North Nor­folk Rail­way. UN­dER RE­paIR/OvER­HaUL L&Y ‘23’ No. 752: Pre­vi­ously based at the ‘Worth Val­ley’, this unique sur­viv­ing Lan­cashire & York­shire 0-6-0ST is now near­ing the end of its over­haul at Bury, at the hands of its own­ing L&YR Trust, with the as­sis­tance of the Bury Stan­dard 4 Group. The boiler passed its steam test in De­cem­ber (SR463). GWR ‘2884’ No. 3855: Owned by Andy Booth, the 2-8-0 has re­cently been moved into the lo­co­mo­tive works build­ing to be stripped down. The ten­der has been re­stored off­site. Long-term project. GWR ‘72XX’ No. 7229: The 2-8-2T is to be placed into a trust to safe­guard the lo­co­mo­tive for fu­ture op­er­a­tion on the ELR. Work on its restora­tion is now res­tart­ing af­ter sev­eral years in store. Tem­po­rar­ily re­assem­bled at Bury for dis­play at the March Spring Steam Gala (see ‘The Ros­ter’, on page 26). LMS ‘5MT’ No. 45407: In the works un­der­go­ing re­pairs un­der the aus­pices of Ri­ley and Son (E) Ltd. LMS ‘3F’ No. 47324: Now stripped down for its ma­jor ‘ten-yearly’ over­haul, the pop­u­lar ‘Jinty’ is ex­pected to re­turn to ser­vice within the next cou­ple of years. LNER ‘a4’ No. 60009 Union of South Africa: In the lo­co­mo­tive works un­der­go­ing bot­tom-end re­pairs un­der the aus­pices of Ri­ley and Son (E) Ltd. BR ‘4MT’ No. 80080: The Princess Royal Class Lo­co­mo­tive Trust-owned ‘4MT’ tank has been the main­stay of ELR ser­vices for the past six years. It has now re­turned to But­ter­ley for re­pairs, but the ELR has first re­fusal on it once it is op­er­a­tional again. BR ‘4MT’ No. 80097: Owned by the Bury Stan­dard 4 Group, the 2-6-4T is near­ing the end of its re­build from scrap con­di­tion. Its boiler has been over­hauled and is due for hy­draulic test­ing in the near fu­ture, be­fore be­ing re­turned to Bury for fit­ting to the lo­co­mo­tive, fol­lowed by fi­nal assem­bly. No. 80097 is ex­pected to be in ser­vice within months. BR ‘9F’ No. 92134: The pri­vately owned sin­gle-chim­ney 2-10-0 could also steam this year. The boiler is await­ing com­ple­tion at Crewe, but the chas­sis is complete at Bury. It does not yet have a suit­able ten­der of its own, but agree­ment has been reached be­tween the owner and the Midland Rail­way Trust for the loan of the one be­long­ing to out-of-ser­vice ‘5MT’ No. 73129.

ANDI MOYES

No. 13065 is the rail­way’s flag­ship. It was pho­tographed on July 22 2014, the year in which it re­turned to ser­vice. LMS Hughes-Fowler ‘Crab’ 2-6-0

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