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.

Steam Railway (UK) - - News | Focus -

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.

1308 TRUST

Rhos dur­ing its in­dus­trial days at Penn Green shed.

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