Pro­posed pro­gramme of works will en­able young vol­un­teers to learn restora­tion skills.

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Vol­un­teers at the Sit­ting­bourne & Kem­s­ley Light Rail­way are giv­ing Bag­nall 0-6-2T Al­pha a cos­metic restora­tion. Built in 1932 and iden­ti­cal to the rail­way’s Tri­umph and Su­perb, it is the only con­ven­tional steam lo­co­mo­tive in the SKLR fleet not to have run since the rail­way was taken over by the LCGB in 1969. Over the years it has been stored at var­i­ous places around the rail­way, mostly out­side, but more re­cently in the lo­co­mo­tive shed, and some com­po­nents have been re­moved to keep Tri­umph and Su­perb go­ing. De­signed to pre­vent ex­ist­ing dam­age from wors­en­ing, the present pro­gramme of works will en­able the young vol­un­teers in­volved to learn how to re­store a steam lo­co­mo­tive, al­beit cos­met­i­cally. The rail­way an­tic­i­pates that Al­pha’s turn in the over­haul queue will come in the late 2020s, along with an es­ti­mated £250,000 bill, and that the young­sters work­ing on the cos­metic restora­tion will be in­volved in restor­ing it to run­ning or­der. The lo­co­mo­tive will be turned out in tra­di­tional Bowa­ter’s green liv­ery.


Now the sub­ject of a cos­metic restora­tion be­ing car­ried out by young vol­un­teers, the Sit­ting­bourne & Kem­s­ley Light Rail­way’s Bag­nall 0-6-2T Al­pha was painted sil­ver to cel­e­brate the Queen’s Sil­ver Ju­bilee, in 1977, and dis­played at Sit­ting­bourne.

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