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Boiler con­struc­tion un­der way at White­head, but no de­ci­sion on what de­sign it will help recre­ate.

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Most of the es­sen­tial draw­ings have been lo­cated to fa­cil­i­tate the Rail­way Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety of Ire­land’s pro­posal to recre­ate an LMS(NCC) ‘Mogul’ or 2‑6‑4T (SR462).

Pe­ter Scott, of the RPSI lo­co­mo­tive de­part­ment, said: “This pro­posal is now be­ing more ac­tively in­ves­ti­gated. Work is al­ready pro­gress­ing at White­head works with the re­build of a G8AS boiler.”

Such a boiler could be used as a spare for ex­ist­ing ‘WT’ 2‑6‑4T No. 4, as the ba­sis for a se­cond ‘Jeep’, or for a new Class ‘W’ 2‑6‑0.

But Mr Scott stressed that so far no de­ci­sions have been taken by the RPSI board be­yond ap­proval for the re­build of the boiler.

He said: “The ra­tio­nale for a ‘Mogul’ is sim­ply that it is an iconic lo­co­mo­tive, some­thing dif­fer­ent, and as such it would at­tract wide­spread in­ter­est. It so hap­pens that we also pos­sess a suit­able ten­der” (SR463).

“In prac­ti­cal terms, per­for­mance of the two types was sim­i­lar – the ‘Jeep’ had the ad­van­tage of ver­sa­til­ity, the ‘Mogul’ the ad­van­tage of sim­plic­ity and greater coal and water ca­pac­ity. Most of the parts that we pos­sess are

suit­able for ei­ther class.

“Re­cently, the project has been given fur­ther im­pe­tus by the in­creas­ing re­quire­ment for larger pas­sen­ger lo­co­mo­tives ca­pa­ble of fit­ting in with more in­ten­sive timetable ser­vices on Tran­slink NI Rail­ways and Ir­ish Rail. “In Ire­land, there is a very small pool of steam lo­co­mo­tives that sur­vived and most of them, although his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant, are small and less suit­able for cur­rent traf­fic re­quire­ments.”

The LMS North­ern Coun­ties Com­mit­tee in­tro­duced 15 ‘Moguls’ be­tween 1933 and 1942 but none were pre­served, although No. 97 Earl of Ul­ster sur­vived un­til 1967.

Mr Scott said: “This project would be out­side the so­ci­ety’s nor­mal lo­co­mo­tive restora­tion and main­te­nance plans, and fur­ther progress will de­pend upon fund­ing sup­port be­ing

forth­com­ing.”

JoE caSSEllS

LmS(ncc) ‘w’ 2‑6‑0 no. 97 Earl of Ul­ster on the turntable at dublin Amiens Street (now connolly) in march 1964 af­ter ar­rival with a non‑stop rugby spe­cial from Belfast. If a new ‘mogul’ is con­structed, this scene could be recre­ated in the fu­ture, as the turntable is still used to turn RPSI engines.

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