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W24: Cal­bourne was steam-tested at Haven­street on March 12, af­ter more than a year out of ac­tion for bot­tom end re­pairs at the Isle of Wight Steam Rail­way. It un­der­went a loaded test run over the five-mile line the fol­low­ing day. The pop­u­lar Adams ‘O2’ 0-4-4T last ran on De­cem­ber 31 2016 and Jan­uary 1 2017, mark­ing 50 years since the end of steam-hauled pas­sen­ger trains on the is­land. 3814: Vol­un­teers have been clean­ing and re­paint­ing the frames and wheels of the ex-Barry ‘2884’ 2-8-0 at the North York­shire Moors Rail­way, which has been stored in the head­shunt at Gros­mont for sev­eral years with no work be­ing un­der­taken. Restora­tion of its ten­der is al­most com­plete at the Llan­gollen Rail­way, with its tyres re-pro­filed, springs re­fur­bished and re­pairs made to the tank, in­clud­ing com­plete re­newal of the front plate. 4247: Hav­ing un­der­gone ex­ten­sive re­pairs to its smoke­box dur­ing the win­ter, the old­est sur­viv­ing ‘42XX’ 2-8-0T made test runs at the Bod­min & Wen­ford Rail­way on March 8. 4253: A re­place­ment bar­rel sec­tion is be­ing riv­eted onto the boiler of the ex-Barry ‘42XX’ 2-8-0T at the Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way. Fi­nal riv­et­ing work is also be­ing un­der­taken on the cab. 5239: Since its ar­rival at the East Som­er­set Rail­way for a contract over­haul in Oc­to­ber last year, the Dart­mouth Steam Rail­way’s ‘5205’ 2-8-0T has been dis­man­tled and its frames shot­blasted. Its boiler has been moved into the work­shop for re­pairs to the fire­box lap seams and crown stays. 6695: Moved to the Flour Mill on Jan­uary 26 (SR477), the boiler of the West Som­er­set Rail­way­based ‘56XX’ 0-6-2T has had the bot­tom sec­tions of the outer fire­box wrap­per and throat­plate cut away for re­place­ment, and the foun­da­tion ring re­moved for as­sess­ment. 7802: Paired with a high-sided Col­lett 4,000-gal­lon ten­der for most of its preser­va­tion life, Bradley Manor is to run with a more typ­i­cal 3,500-gal­lon ex­am­ple from class­mate No. 7812 Er­lestoke Manor at the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way. Both en­gines are owned by the Er­lestoke Manor Fund, with No. 7812 un­der over­haul at Ty­se­ley Lo­co­mo­tive Works af­ter its boiler cer­tifi­cate ex­pired at the end of 2017. A27: The new cylin­ders for the SECR ‘P’ 0-6-0T, un­der over­haul at the Blue­bell Rail­way, have been sent to Stat­fold En­gi­neer­ing Ltd for ma­chin­ing. 499: The left-hand cylin­der of the ex-Barry Urie ‘S15’ 4-6-0 has been trial-fit­ted to the frames at the Mid-Hants Rail­way, although it will have to be re­moved again in or­der to jack the front end of the frames apart and re­fit the cen­tre cast­ing (the large cast frame stretcher be­neath the smoke­box). Its own­ing group, the Urie Lo­co­mo­tive Society, aims to have the cen­tre cast­ing and both cylin­ders in place for its open day at Ro­p­ley on June 30. Of the two spare boil­ers owned by the group, No. 799 (orig­i­nally from ‘King Arthur’ Sir Ironside) is to be over­hauled for No. 499, as it is in

bet­ter con­di­tion than boiler No. 451 (from ‘King Arthur’ Sir Lamorak). The lat­ter, ex­plains ULS Chair­man Mark Ped­ley, has “non-weld­able cracks” in the fire­box crown­sheet, which will have to be re­placed. 506: The over­haul of the boiler for the Urie Lo­co­mo­tive Society’s other ‘S15’ (orig­i­nally from ‘King Arthur’ No. 755 The Red Knight) is al­most com­plete at Ro­p­ley, with the su­per­heater el­e­ments be­ing re­fit­ted. Work on the en­gine’s bot­tom half is also well ad­vanced, with the driv­ing wheelsets hav­ing had their tyres turned by South Devon Rail­way En­gi­neer­ing; new cylin­der drain­cocks be­ing fit­ted; six new axle­box horn block lin­ers made; while two new driv­ing axle­boxes have been cast and are be­ing ma­chined, the orig­i­nals hav­ing cracked. A new blast­pipe has also been cast to re­place the orig­i­nal, which had cracked into three pieces. 925: Spec­u­la­tion that Na­tional Col­lec­tion ‘Schools’ 4-4-0 Chel­tenham could be re­painted in BR lined black has been dis­missed by Mid-Hants Rail­way Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Colin Cham­bers. He said: “We can’t af­ford not to have it run­ning at the mo­ment, and we’ve got enough black en­gines al­ready – if it does change it’ll prob­a­bly be BR green.” 34059: A new in­ner fire­box for re­built ‘Bat­tle of Britain’ Sir Archibald Sin­clair (based at the Blue­bell Rail­way) is com­plete at South Devon Rail­way En­gi­neer­ing, and has been trial-fit­ted to the outer wrap­per of the fire­box, with mark­ing out and drilling of ap­prox­i­mately 2,200 stays un­der way. It is one of a batch of Bulleid ‘Light Pacific’ fire­boxes be­ing built at Buck­fastleigh (SR472), with that for re­built ‘West Coun­try’ No. 34101 Hart­land (North York­shire Moors Rail­way) near­ing com­ple­tion, and the com­po­nents for an­other Blue­bell en­gine – ‘West Coun­try’ No. 21C123 Black­moor Vale – be­ing pre­pared for weld­ing. 35011: New axle­box cov­ers have been cast for the trail­ing truck of ‘Mer­chant Navy’ Gen­eral Steam Nav­i­ga­tion – the first com­po­nents made from scratch by the en­gine’s restora­tion group us­ing their own pat­tern. Axle­box oil keeps for the front bo­gie and trail­ing truck have been col­lected from the Mid-Hants Rail­way. 45379 : Fol­low­ing its ap­pear­ance on the Mid-Hants Rail­way’s ‘Fif­teen Guinea Spe­cial’ (SR477) the MHR Preser­va­tion Society’s ‘Black Five’ was stopped for re­pairs to a crack in its right-hand frame, at the top of the cen­tre driv­ing axle­box horn. Its cen­tre driv­ing wheelset was dropped out and the crack welded up on Fe­bru­ary 24. 75 079 : A new cab is be­ing built for the Mid-Hants Rail­way Preser­va­tion Society’s ‘4MT’ 4-6-0, and the Timken roller bear­ings have been as­sem­bled on the wheelsets for the new-build BR1B ten­der. The for­mer South­ern Re­gion en­gine had lost its orig­i­nal ten­der by the time it was ac­quired from Barry for the Plym Val­ley Rail­way in March 1982, and so a Stanier ex­am­ple was pur­chased in­stead; this has now been sold on to Greg Wil­son for his ‘8F’ 2-8-0 No. 48173 at the Chur­net Val­ley Rail­way.

76077: The frames, cylin­ders and wheels of the last un­re­stored BR Stan­dard ‘4MT’ 2-6-0 left the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Steam Rail­way on March 6 for Lo­co­mo­tive Main­te­nance Ser­vices in Lough­bor­ough, where they will be re­stored over the next 18 months (SR476). 80150: A £4,000 ap­peal has been launched to fab­ri­cate a new cab roof for the Mid-Hants Rail­way Preser­va­tion Society’s ‘4MT’ 2-6-4T, the orig­i­nal hav­ing been re­moved at Barry scrap­yard. This will help to pro­tect the rear end of its frames and the bo­gie from fur­ther cor­ro­sion. Do­na­tions can be made at https://my­do­­dard­4­tankpro­ject/456791 (quick link: ). 90775: A third ‘Royal Nor­folk Reg­i­ment’ name­plate cast for the Mid­land & Great North­ern Joint Rail­way Society’s WD 2-10-0 has been pre­sented to the reg­i­men­tal mu­seum at Nor­wich Cas­tle. 92212: Jeremy Hosk­ing’s Mid-Hants Rail­way-based ‘9F’ vis­ited Il­ford de­pot from Fe­bru­ary 16-19 to have its tyres turned. MHR Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Richard Bent­ley ex­plained: “It was sup­posed to go to To­ton in Septem­ber for tyre turn­ing, but DB was then un­able to do the job. We then got on to Il­ford which could do it, but un­for­tu­nately not un­til af­ter it had caught up with the work from the 2017 leaf fall sea­son. In the mean­time, No. 92212 had its an­nual boiler exam and the side rod bear­ings over­hauled.”


60007: Vol­un­teers of the sir nigel gresley Lo­co­mo­tive trust re­build the cab floor of the Lner ‘a4’ at the na­tional rail­way mu­seum on Fe­bru­ary 14, dur­ing one of a se­ries of ‘meet the Pub­lic’ events or­gan­ised jointly by the trust and the nrm.


71000: two views of Duke of Glouces­ter at ty­se­ley Lo­co­mo­tive Works in Fe­bru­ary, show­ing the frames of the unique rid­dles ‘Pacific’ sup­ported on the bo­gie and trail­ing truck while the driv­ing wheels are out for tyre turn­ing.

‘9F’ No. 92212 in Ro­p­ley yard on Fe­bru­ary 25, with its tyres freshly turned.


One of the new wheelsets for No. 75079’s ten­der, with Timken roller bear­ings. On the right are two of the driv­ing wheels from Urie ‘S15’ 4‑6‑0 No. 506, which have had their tyres turned by South Devon Rail­way En­gi­neer­ing.

A new cab un­der con­struc­tion on ex‑Barry ‘4MT’ 4‑6‑0 No. 75079 at Ro­p­ley on Fe­bru­ary 25.

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