Andrew Barclay 0‑4‑0ST Works No. 776 Firefly:
The rear wheelset has been removed from this 1899-built engine at the Northampton & Lamport Railway, with the smokebox saddle and cylinders also to be taken off for renewal. The front wheelset will then be removed for the axle journals to be cleaned up and the crankpins renewed.
Andrew Barclay 0‑4‑0F Works No. 1952, Shell Refining Co. No. 8:
Operating dates in 2018 for the only regularly working fireless steam locomotive in Britain have been released. The Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group will have 1928-built No. 8 in action on May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26 and September 23. On all days, passenger trains will be hauled by Barclay 0-4-0ST National Coal Board No. 10, Works No. 2244 of 1947.
Avonside 0‑6‑0ST Works No. 1798 of 1918 ‘Edwin Hulse’:
A new tank has been fabricated in-house for this ex-Imperial Smelting Works, Avonmouth, locomotive at the Avon Valley Railway, and was trial-fitted in February. Named after a member, ‘Edwin Hulse’ has been at the AVR since entering preservation in 1972.
Hudswell Clarke 0‑6‑0T Works No. 680 of 1903 No. 32 Gothenburg:
This ex-Manchester Ship Canal ‘short tank’ was to be the star guest at the Ribble Steam Railway’s spring steam gala on March 24/25, visiting from the East Lancashire Railway and appearing alongside three home fleet locomotives.
Hudswell Clarke Works No. 1704 of 1938 0‑6‑0T Nunlow:
A special farewell event is being held to mark the last day in steam before overhaul for the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s engine. It will handle afternoon and evening trains at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on Saturday April 14. The event will feature a commemorative brew named ‘Nunlow’s Nightcap’.
Hunslet 0‑6‑0 Works No. 2890 of 1943 ‘Douglas’:
The Great Central Railway (Nottingham) is to welcome Andy Booth’s converted ‘Austerity’ tender locomotive for the rest of 2018. The former Longmoor and South Wales colliery engine was overhauled at the Ribble Steam Railway and will move from the East Lancashire Railway.
Peckett 0‑6‑0ST Works No. 1378 Westminster:
New running plates and angles are being fitted to the frames of the 1914-built ex-Fovant Military Railway locomotive at the Northampton & Lamport Railway.
Peckett ‘R4 Special’ 0‑4‑0ST Works No. 2104:
Since its boiler certificate expired at the Northampton & Lamport Railway in January 2017, the former Croydon B Power Station engine has had its fittings removed and is now in store pending assessment for overhaul.
Vulcan Foundry ‘Austerity’ 0‑6‑0ST Works No. 5309, NCB No. 72:
This former South Hetton Colliery ‘Austerity’ has moved to Peak Rail after an extended period in operation at the Spa Valley Railway. The 1945-built locomotive has already entered traffic at the Rowsley line and was booked to work all trains during March.
Dramatic photographs have come to light showing Bagnall ‘Austerity’ 0‑6‑0ST Works No. 2766 hanging precariously from a spoil tip at St John’s Colliery, Maesteg. The incident is thought to have occurred in 1971 or 1973, when it lost control of an overloaded coal train, its crew jumping clear and escaping injury. The 1944‑built engine recently steamed for the first time in preservation at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway (SR474, Industrial News).