ONLY INCHES IN IT AS RE­BUILT ‘COUNTY’ IS CUT DOWN FOR MAIN LINE

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Is County of Glam­or­gan a new-build or a re­build? The an­swer has dic­tated how much it will be re­duced in height for main line op­er­a­tion. Wayne Jones & Part­ners Com­pany Ltd, the Ve­hi­cle Ac­cep­tance Body for the Great Western Society’s No. 1014, has con­firmed that the Hawksworth 4-6-0 is classified as a re­build of an orig­i­nal lo­co­mo­tive – mean­ing that it is per­mit­ted to be 13ft 1in high. En­tirely new-build ma­chines, such as ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tor­nado and un­der-con­struc­tion ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 The Un­known War­rior, must con­form to a limit of pre­cisely 13ft – but orig­i­nal and re­built en­gines are al­lowed the ex­tra inch. County of Glam­or­gan, a replica of a lo­co­mo­tive with­drawn and scrapped in 1964, in­cor­po­rates parts from two for­mer ‘Barry Ten’ en­gines: the frames, cylin­ders and bo­gie of ‘Mod­i­fied Hall’ No. 7927 Willing­ton Hall, and the fire­box from Don­caster-built ‘8F’ 2-8-0 No. 48518. The lat­ter will be mar­ried to a new ta­pered boiler bar­rel, which was rolled last year. Although the dou­ble chim­ney (an­other orig­i­nal item, from No. 1006 County of Corn­wall) falls within the 13ft 1in limit, and the cab roof has been mod­i­fied to suit, the orig­i­nal de­sign of the ‘County’ safety valves was 13ft 47/8in above rail level. To bring No. 1014 within the Net­work Rail limit, the GWS plans to fit safety valves short­ened by 4in, sim­i­lar to those fit­ted to ‘Kings’ Nos. 6023 and 6024. How­ever, an orig­i­nal-height safety valve bon­net will be fit­ted for pre­served line op­er­a­tion. At Did­cot, mea­sure­ments are be­ing taken for the lo­co­mo­tive’s smoke­box, to­gether with the smoke­box sad­dle, door and ring, while the run­ning plates are be­ing pre­pared for fit­ting. For the ten­der, the rear­most brake links have been de­liv­ered, leav­ing only a rub­ber seal for the vac­uum brake cylin­der to com­plete its ‘rolling chas­sis’.

FRANK CASSELL

‘County’ No. 1008 County of Cardi­gan at Par with the ‘Cor­nish­man’ on March 11 1960, show­ing how the dou­ble chim­ney fit­ted to the Hawksworth 4-6-0s in the 1950s was lower than the safety valve.

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