ELR RESIDENT LOCOMOTIVES
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.
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