PRINCESS ROYAL TRUST CONTRACTED TO FINISH ‘JINTY’ No. 47445
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.
LMS ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0T No. 47445 under overhaul at Swanwick Junction on the Midland Railway – Butterley on July 14 2017.