Steam hia­tus for Golden Val­ley

Steam Railway (UK) - - News -

The But­ter­ley‑based Golden Val­ley Light Rail­way faces a pe­riod of op­er­a­tion with­out a steam lo­co­mo­tive, fol­low­ing the with­drawal of 0‑4‑2IST (in­verted sad­dle tank) Joan for its ten‑year boiler exam in April. Rather than dis­man­tle Joan, the 2ft gauge line has de­cided to con­cen­trate its ef­forts on the restora­tion of its 1914‑built Oren­stein & Kop­pel 0‑4‑0WT No. 7529. Work­ing in a French sand quarry un­til the 1960s, John But­ler bought it for preser­va­tion in 1967 and in 1973 sold it to Colin Pealling, who moved it to the Cadeby Light Rail­way, where, he claimed, it was steamed once. It was moved to But­ter­ley in 1995 and restora­tion was started in 2007. It was re­cently re‑wheeled. The GVLR’s sec­ond former Ffes­tin­iog Rail­way‑owned car­riage, No. 118, was de­liv­ered in De­cem­ber, join­ing No. 119. No. 118 was trans­ported on the GVLR’s South African bo­gies, to save hav­ing to re­turn the FR’s own bo­gies to Wales.

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