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£200k needed to com­plete No. 82045

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A£200,000 ap­peal has been launched to give BR ‘3MT’ No. 82045 a “fi­nal shove to­wards com­ple­tion” in 2021.

To speed up the fi­nal stages of con­struct­ing the Rid­dles 2‑6‑2T at the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way, the 82045 Steam Lo­co­mo­tive Trust is to put more of the re­main­ing en­gi­neer­ing work out to con­tract.

The big­gest out­stand­ing task – the assem­bly of the boiler – is due to com­mence at Bridg­north in 2019 with an es­ti­mated timescale of 18 months; and, as de­tailed in SR483, the SVR wishes to see the en­gine in ser­vice six months after the boiler is fin­ished.

For de­tails of how to con­trib­ute, see the leaflet with this is­sue or visit www.82045.org.uk – for more on the 82045 project, see In­side Track, pages 98/99. To help raise funds, a life mem­ber of the trust from New Zealand is to build a 5in‑gauge model of the ‘3MT’ 2‑6‑2T.

Mike Jack, who lives in Auck­land, is build­ing a live steam model to be fin­ished as one of the last two ex­am­ples in BR ser­vice (Nos. 82019 and 82029) and plans to fol­low it up with a model of No. 82045, to be do­nated to the trust and then sold.

It will be painted in the buyer’s choice of BR black or green, and of­fers can be made to Pub­lic­ity Of­fi­cer Chris Proud­foot; call 01928 787255 or email chris.proud­[email protected]­in­ter­net.com

The pony truck axle-boxes for No. 82045 are be­ing ma­chined prior to be­ing sent away for white met­alling. Also be­ing ma­chined are the steam chest lin­ers, while the cylin­der cladding is be­ing fit­ted and fi­nal ad­just­ments made to the slide­bars.

ToNy MASSAu

br ‘3mT’ 2-6-2T no. 82045 be­ing low­ered onto its driv­ing wheels at bridg­north on april 17.

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