4555’s ORIG­I­NAL BOILER ‘COULD BE SOLD’

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A piece of early preser­va­tion his­tory could be avail­able to pur­chase from the Dartmouth Steam Rail­way - the orig­i­nal boiler from ‘Small Prairie’ No. 4555. Cur­rently in store at Churston, it is the item that was fit­ted to the lo­co­mo­tive when it was pur­chased from BR in 1965; the boiler now be­ing over­hauled for the en­gine at Tyseley Lo­co­mo­tive Works is a spare, ac­quired at the same time from Wolver­hamp­ton, that has since been used on both No. 4555 and ‘4575’ No. 4588. Now, says DSR boil­er­smith Rory Ed­wards, the rail­way is look­ing in­stead for a GWR Stan­dard No. 4 boiler as a spare for its two GWR 2-8-0Ts, ‘42XX’ No. 4277 and ‘5205’ No. 5239. He said: “The boiler be­ing re­built for No. 4555 at Tyseley is hav­ing such a huge amount of work done that, cou­pled with the fact that we now use re­verse os­mo­sis-treated wa­ter, we ex­pect it to need min­i­mal work for 20 years - so we would like to sell the spare in the hope of find­ing a boiler that fits the 2-8-0Ts.”

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