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Unique ‘J21’ 0-6-0 No. 65033 will fi­nally leave its long-time home of Lo­co­mo­tion in Shildon by Septem­ber, al­though no de­ci­sion has been made as to who will re­store the NER lo­co­mo­tive. Toby Watkins, chair­man of the Lo­co­mo­tive Con­ser­va­tion & Learn­ing Trust, which owns the Wors­dell-de­signed freight en­gine, said: “It has to be out of Shildon by the end of Septem­ber. Hope­fully, by then we will have achieved for­mal per­mis­sion to start [the restora­tion] and it can go di­rectly to the se­lected contractor. Oth­er­wise it would have to go to a neu­tral site for the in­terim.” The LCLT is yet to re­ceive per­mis­sion from the Her­itage Lottery Fund – who awarded the trust a £954,900 grant – to be­gin work on the 1889-built lo­co­mo­tive. Mr Watkins says: “The de­lay in grant­ing per­mis­sion to start has been due to the grant be­ing jointly awarded to a char­i­ta­ble trust and a limited com­pany. The last few months have been taken up with pre­par­ing le­gal doc­u­men­ta­tion to sat­isfy the HLF con­di­tions, and it is an­tic­i­pated that this progress is now close to be­ing fi­nalised.” The de­lay should not af­fect No. 65033’s planned re­turn to steam in 2020, how­ever. Mr Watkins told Steam Rail­way: “If we were to start work in au­tumn we could see it op­er­at­ing in time for the 2020 Stain­more Au­tumn Gala. How­ever, while the LCLT are happy that it will steam again, they are not go­ing to rush it.”

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