PRINCESS ROYAL TRUST CON­TRACTED TO FIN­ISH ‘JINTY’ No. 47445

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The Mid­land Rail­way Trust has con­tracted the Princess Royal Class Lo­co­mo­tive Trust to com­plete the restora­tion of ‘Jinty’ No. 47445 – and main­tain its op­er­a­tional en­gines.

The PRCLT will fin­ish the bot­tom half of the LMS 0-6-0T, which has never steamed since en­ter­ing preser­va­tion from Na­tional Coal Board ser­vice in 1970, in prepa­ra­tion for the re­turn of its boiler from an­other con­tract over­haul at the North Nor­folk Rail­way.

The aim is to speed up the over­haul of the Fowler en­gine for com­ple­tion in late 2019, end­ing the Mid­land Rail­way – But­ter­ley’s re­liance on hired-in lo­co­mo­tives – the cur­rent guest be­ing Hudswell Clarke ‘Aus­ter­ity’ 0-6-0ST

No. 68067 (Works No. 1752) from the Great Cen­tral Rail­way, which is stay­ing un­til De­cem­ber.

Un­der a sep­a­rate agree­ment run­ning for a year, the PRCLT will also take re­spon­si­bil­ity for day-to-day main­te­nance, fit­ness-to-run ex­ams, and pa­per­work for No. 68067, to­gether with a vis­it­ing lo­co­mo­tive for 2019.

The move fol­lows the de­par­ture of the MR-B’s Lo­co­mo­tive En­gi­neer Gareth Win­ter dur­ing the sum­mer. De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Alan Cal­la­dine said: “The board de­cided that in the short term, the best way was to link in with the West Shed [the PRCLT’s base], and then once we’ve got our own lo­co­mo­tive back we’ll look at it again.”

The ‘3F’ boiler at the NNR has had all its re­place­ment plate­work fit­ted along with new fire­box crown stays, the bar­rel has been re-at­tached to the fire­box, and it is now await­ing re-tub­ing – which will be done once the frames are two to three months from com­ple­tion.

It was orig­i­nally ear­marked for fel­low But­ter­ley ‘Jinty’

No. 47357, un­til this en­gine was found to need a new cylin­der block, prompt­ing a de­ci­sion to fit the boiler to the bot­tom half of No. 47445, which is in bet­ter con­di­tion (SR476). Once No. 47445 is in ser­vice, at­ten­tion will turn again to No. 47357.

ALAN WEAVER

LMS ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0T No. 47445 un­der over­haul at Swan­wick Junc­tion on the Mid­land Rail­way – But­ter­ley on July 14 2017.

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