Sec­ond over­haul for ‘Cromwell’

NRM agrees to an­other ma­jor over­haul of end-of-steam ‘Bri­tan­nia’ as it pre­pares to haul last tour.

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Steam Rail­way read­ers’ ap­peal ‘Bri­tan­nia’ No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell is to be over­hauled for a fur­ther stint of ser­vice. Un­der a new agree­ment with the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum, the 5305 Lo­co­mo­tive As­so­ci­a­tion will re­tain cus­to­di­an­ship of the Na­tional Col­lec­tion Rid­dles ‘Pa­cific’, and will carry out an­other over­haul for main line op­er­a­tion af­ter the en­gine’s cur­rent boiler cer­tifi­cate ex­pires. Oliver Cromwell’s ‘ten-year’ ticket is due to run out in March and it will be im­me­di­ately with­drawn if a short-term boiler cer­tifi­cate, for pre­served line use only, is not granted. The over­haul is due to be car­ried out dur­ing 2019 and will largely con­cen­trate on the boiler, as the lo­co­mo­tive’s bot­tom end has re­ceived con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion dur­ing its ten-year run­ning stint, in par­tic­u­lar the fit­ting of new tyres. The boiler will re­quire a re­place­ment cop­per tube­plate, but the task will be sim­pli­fied thanks to the ex­is­tence of a steel for­mer. Af­ter a farewell run over its for­mer stamp­ing ground of the Great East­ern main line from Liver­pool Street to Nor­wich and back, for Steam Dreams Rail Co. on Fe­bru­ary 22 (which was to be­come a me­mo­rial train for the late Richard Hardy), No. 70013’s fi­nal main line tour was to be the Rail­way Tour­ing Com­pany’s ‘York­shire­man’, from Eal­ing Broad­way to York via the Mid­land Main Line on March 3. Next, the ‘Brit’ is booked to ap­pear at the Keigh­ley & Worth Val­ley Rail­way’s Spring Gala on March 9-11 (see story be­low), af­ter which it will re­turn to the GCR, pend­ing a de­ci­sion on its short­term fu­ture. “It’s been a priv­i­lege to look af­ter ‘Cromwell’ since 2004,” said the lo­co­mo­tive’s cus­to­dian group Chair­man Tom Tighe. “The most re­ward­ing thing has been see­ing peo­ple crowd around the en­gine at the end of a main line tour – and we can’t wait to get back out and do it all over again.”

RALPH WARD

Oliver Cromwell passes over the Worces­ter to Birm­ing­ham canal at Lowes­moor, Worces­ter, re­turn­ing from Hen­wick hav­ing turned at Worces­ter Tun­nel Junc­tion on Fe­bru­ary 10. The ‘Bri­tan­nia’ had hauled the ‘Cotswold Ven­turer’ from Padding­ton.

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