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Dun­robin: Un­der­go­ing a con­tract over­haul at the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way, the boiler of the Duke of Suther­land’s 0‑4‑4T is to be re­assem­bled this year, with the lo­co­mo­tive to follow suit dur­ing late 2017 and early 2018. Repa­tri­ated from Canada in 2011, the 1895‑built Sharp Stewart lo­co­mo­tive is to be based at Beamish. 8( Lly­we­lyn): This Vale of Rhei­dol Rail­way 2‑6‑2T re­turned to steam along­side No. 9 on April 5 (see Nar­row Gauge News, pages 38‑39). 752: A crack in the fireman’s side frame (the right‑hand side) of the Lan­cashire & York­shire Rail­way ‘23’ 0‑6‑0ST was suc­cess­fully re­paired at the East Lan­cashire Rail­way dur­ing the week ending March 24. The horn guide will be re­fit­ted shortly, en­abling the crank axle to be in­stalled. 4150: On March 29, the boiler of this ‘Large Prairie’ ‑ the last Barry restora­tion still to be com­pleted at the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way ‑ was lifted onto a well wagon to be moved to Bridg­north for over­haul. The road crane was then used to fit the tanks, bunker and cab. 4253: This ex‑Barry 2‑8‑0T has been re‑wheeled at the Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way (see News). 4277: This is the last sea­son for the Dartmouth Steam Rail­way’s ‘42XX’ 2‑8‑0T be­fore over­haul. Its boiler cer­tifi­cate ex­pires in April 2018, but it will be with­drawn from ser­vice at the end of this year. 4930: Restora­tion of GWR ‘Hall’ 4‑6‑0 No. 4930 Ha­gley Hall is to be­gin in earnest at the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way this summer. Its ‘5101’ 2-6-2T No. 4150 with its tanks and bunker in place at Bewd­ley on March 29. BOB SWEET sup­port group, the Friends of Lo­co­mo­tive 4930 Ha­gley Hall, has drawn up a pro­gramme for the over­haul with Sev­ern Val­ley Engi­neer­ing Ser­vices. Dur­ing late Fe­bru­ary and early March, con­trac­tors re­moved the as­bestos lag­ging from No. 4930’s old cylin­der block, in prepa­ra­tion for split­ting its two halves. With the cylin­ders con­firmed as life‑ex­pired, CAD work has be­gun for a new cast­ing. Costs won’t be con­firmed un­til the de­sign is com­pleted and the method of con­struc­tion ap­proved, but do­na­tions can be sent to Friends of 4930 Ha­gley Hall, Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way, Bridg­north Sta­tion, Holly­bush Road, Bridg­north, Shrop­shire WV16 5DT, via www.4930ha­gley­ or by tex­ting HALL29 plus £amount to 70070. Vol­un­teers from the Friends group are over­haul­ing the Col­lett ten­der, pre­vi­ously with ‘Mod­i­fied Hall’ No. 6990 Wither­slack Hall. Due to the cylin­der re­place­ment, the orig­i­nally hoped‑for steam­ing date of 2019 ‑ for the Col­lett 4‑6‑0’s 90th birth­day ‑ has been re­vised to 2020. 5239: With­drawn from ser­vice at the Dartmouth Steam Rail­way at the end of the 2015 sea­son, ‘5205’ 2‑8‑0T ‘Go­liath’ is cur­rently stored in Churston works, but is next in line for over­haul af­ter No. 4555 is com­pleted (see sep­a­rate story). No. 5239 has al­ready re­ceived some fire­box re­pairs dur­ing 2012/13, af­ter un­suit­able wa­ter sup­plies prompted the rail­way to in­vest in a re­verse os­mo­sis treat­ment plant. Thanks to that boiler lift, says work­shop fore­man Ju­lian Ker­ven: “We know the out­side of the bar­rel is OK, so the first step will be to take the tubes out of it in situ and as­sess the inside of it ‑ but we al­ready know that the fire­box crown stays are knack­ered.” Iron­i­cally, he adds: “Re­verse os­mo­sis has a habit of strip­ping scale from boil­ers, so it’s ideal for those that you’ve just re­built, but on en­gines that are al­ready run­ning it can cause them to start leak­ing!” 5552: With­drawn for its ‘ten‑ yearly’ over­haul in 2012, the Bod­min & Wen­ford Rail­way’s ‘4575’ 2‑6‑2T has had its frames lifted from the wheels for attention to the axle­boxes. 7200: While new pipework is be­ing fit­ted to the pro­to­type GWR ‘72XX’ 2‑8‑2T at the Buck­ing­hamshire Rail­way Cen­tre, the old smoke­box has been re­moved from the boiler; the ma­te­rial to build a new smoke­box and ta­per bar­rel sec­tion has al­ready been pur­chased. The next stage of boiler work ‑ re­mov­ing the riv­ets se­cur­ing the foun­da­tion ring ‑ has com­menced. Do­na­tions to the £120,000 boiler ap­peal can be sent to the 7200 Trust at 33 Douglas Road, Ayles­bury, Bucks HP20 1ES, or made online via 7229: Years of out­door stor­age meant that the ex‑Barry ‘72XX’ could not be towed to Bury Bolton Street sta­tion for dis­play at the East Lan­cashire Rail­way’s March 10‑12 steam gala, as planned. ELR Fi­nan­cial Di­rec­tor David Lay­land said that it “needs more lu­bri­ca­tion” but will be on show at the line’s October 14/15 en­thu­si­ast event in­stead. It is also planned to give the big tank a trial run around Bury South curve onto the Hey­wood line, to en­sure that its 35ft 3in wheel­base can ne­go­ti­ate this sec­tion. The rail­way does not an­tic­i­pate a prob­lem, how­ever, as ‘9F’ 2‑10‑0s are able to use the curve. 7827: Win­ter main­te­nance on Ly­d­ham Manor at the Dartmouth Steam Rail­way has in­cluded re­pairs

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