149th Barry scrapper returns to steam!
The Bury Standard 4 Group has completed the 33-year restoration of ‘4MT’ 2-6-4T No. 80097 at the East Lancashire Railway. It was due to enter ELR service before the end of 2018. More significantly, No. 80097 is the 149th Barry restoration to be completed, out of 213 locomotives purchased from Woodham Bros’ South Wales scrapyard. At the time of writing, WR ‘Modified Hall’ No. 6989 Wightwick Hall was due to be the 150th Barry locomotive to return to steam. MIKE WETTON