THEFT IS MAJOR SETBACK FOR RESTORATION OF 0-6-0ST RHOS
Fittings and bearings among vital components taken in huge metal theft at Rocks by Rail.
The restoration of a 100-yearold Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST has been put back by years after a large quantity of components were stolen during a break-in at Rocks by Rail in mid-March. Former Corby Ironworks locomotive Rhos was well into an extensive restoration, having been re-wheeled and had its boiler refitted in October 2017. But now the future of the whole project is in doubt, as members of the 1308 Trust, set up specifically to restore the saddle tank engine, fear that the locomotive will have to be mothballed owing to the huge cost of replacing the stolen parts. During the break-in, which took place between the night of Tuesday March 13 and the morning of Thursday March 15, over 50 vital components for the locomotive were stolen from storage units at Rocks by Rail in Cottesmore, Rutland. The list of stolen items includes the locomotive’s steam manifold, injectors, gauge frames, steam brake valve, big end and coupling rod brasses, vacuum brake gear, pipework and lubrication components. Most of the stolen parts are stamped with Rhos’ works number, Hudswell Clarke No. 1308. The 1308 Trust has issued a plea to anyone in the preservation industry for information, particularly if they are offered any of the stolen components. Any information should be supplied to Leicestershire Constabulary by calling 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting crime reference number 18000118895. Replacement of the components could easily run into many tens of thousands of pounds, an additional cost that may not be met in the foreseeable future. Some of the motion components stolen were due to be refitted to Rhos imminently. Rhos is believed to have been the last steam locomotive overhauled at Corby, and it even headed a railtour during a visit by the Industrial Railway Society to Corby in the late 1960s.
Rhos during its industrial days at Penn Green shed.