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RobertCoal Board Stephen­sonNo. 49: Re­moval& Hawthorn­sof the fire­box ‘Aus­ter­ity’is al­most 0-6-0ST com­plete Na­tion­alat Is­rael Tan­field, New­ton’sa new blast­pipe work­shop. is At be­ingthe 1943-built fab­ri­cated machine’sby vol­un­teers. home base, Bag­nall 0-6-0ST Vul­can: Wheelsets have been re­moved at the North Ty­ne­side Steam Rail­way and dis­patched to the South Devon Rail­way for re­place­ment tyres. The boiler of the ex-Austin Mo­tors, Long­bridge, lo­co­mo­tive is also ap­proach­ing com­ple­tion at the North Nor­folk Rail­way. Hun­slet 0-6-0ST Brookes No. 1: The Mid­dle­ton Rail­way sad­dle tank steamed for the first time since over­haul on April 3. The ini­tial trial steam­ing re­vealed some tweaks left to do be­fore fi­nal boiler cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, but the line is hope­ful that the lo­co­mo­tive will re-en­ter traf­fic by June, fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of its Her­itage Lot­tery Fund-backed over­haul. Robert Stephen­son & Hawthorns 0-4-0ST Age­croft No. 1: Steam op­er­a­tions at the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum’s York site are now in the hands of the 1948-built lo­co­mo­tive, nor­mally based at the Mu­seum of Sci­ence and In­dus­try in Manchester. It re­places Grant Ritchie 0-4-0ST Kin­glassie Col­liery No. 21, which has re­turned to the Rib­ble Steam Rail­way. An­drew Bar­clay 0-4-0F Boots No. 1: Restora­tion of this 1930-built fire­less lo­co­mo­tive (Works No. 1984) will be tack­led by the same group who un­der­took the re­turn to steam of An­drew Bar­clay 10in-cylin­dered 0-4-0ST Works No. 1259, based at the West Som­er­set Rail­way. Boots No. 1 left the Fox­field Rail­way by road in late March. Man­ning War­dle 0-6-0ST Works No. 2047 ‘War­wick­shire’: Two new cylin­ders have been cast for this lo­co­mo­tive by Tim­sons Engi­neer­ing of Ket­ter­ing, the right-hand cylin­der be­ing pro­duced on March 10 and the left-hand cast­ing on March 22. Af­ter ma­chin­ing, both will be de­liv­ered to the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way, where it is hoped to have the lo­co­mo­tive back on its wheels at Bridg­north Works by the end of the year. Its own­ers - the War­wick­shire In­dus­trial Lo­co­mo­tive Trust - will then con­tinue its restora­tion at Bewd­ley.

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