The overhaul of unique Caledonian Railway ‘439’ class 0-4-4T No. 419 has taken a major step forward, following the re-wheeling of the locomotive on Aug 3.
Based at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society locomotive has been under overhaul since it was withdrawn from traffic in 2009 when its boiler ticket expired.
Returning the McIntosh-designed 0-4-4T to steam suffered a major setback when the first batch of new axleboxes for the driving wheels was stolen in 2012.
Now No. 419 has had its driving wheels fitted back into the frames, the next step is to reunite the locomotive with its boiler, which had been sent away to Ian Riley’s workshop in Bury to have all its crown stays, foundation ring and sections of the outer firebox replaced.
With much of the motion ready to be reassembled, the SRPS hopes to have No. 419 back in traffic on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway by the end of next year.
The boiler from ‘West Country’ class No. 34028 Eddystone has arrived at Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway for overhaul.
Arriving at the SDR’s engineering works on August 4, the boiler from the Bulleid-designed ‘Pacific’ joins two others already under overhaul at the railway: No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair and No. 34101 Hartland.
SDR Press & PR Manager, Dick Wood, explains: “Several Bulleid owning groups have got together to commission work on their respective boilers in order to gain economies of scale.”
Eddystone is in line for a fast track overhaul, as owning group Southern Locomotives Limited intends to have No. 34028 back in service in 2018 to replace ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34070 Manston at the Swanage Railway when the locomotive is withdrawn for its ten-year overhaul.
Originally, SLL had planned to restore ex-Barry ‘West Country’ No. 34010 Sidmouth using Eddystone’s boiler, but the restoration of Sidmouth will now happen concurrently with No. 34028’s overhaul.
Duchess of Sutherland made history on August 7, by becoming the first member of the ‘Princess Coronation’ class to venture into Cornwall.
Hauling the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Royal Duchy’ from Bristol to Par, the Stanier-designed 4-6-2 also became the first of its class to cross the famous Royal Albert Bridge over the River Saltash.
After arrival at Par, the locomotive had to be turned on the St. Blazey turntable for the return run to Bristol. However, the ‘Duchess’' great length (74ft 10in) proved to be too long for the turntable – the only one still operational in Cornwall and the only locomotive turning facility west of Plymouth.
In order to accommodate Duchess of Sutherland, part of the boundary fence had to be removed to avoid fouling No. 46233’s buffers.
Cambrian Transport Ltd had recently restored the St. Blazey turntable to working order, which is owned by DB Cargo. It is hoped that DB Cargo will transfer ownership of the turntable and roundhouse to Roundhouse Cornwall Ltd, who aim to restore both to their former glory.
LMS heavy freight will be the order of the day at the Swanage Railway’s Autumn Gala, with ‘7F’ No. 53809 and ‘8F’ No. 48624 visiting the Purbeck line.
Both 2-8-0s will be making their debuts on the Swanage Railway at the event, with No. 48624 marking the first time an ‘8F’ has ever graced Swanage branch line metals.
The line first played host to a ‘7F’ back in 2009 when No. 53808, then numbered ‘88’ and painted in an inauthentic S&DJR ‘Prussian Blue’ livery, attended the Autumn Gala that year.
The Swanage Railway’s home fleet will also be in steam during the three-day event, with ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34070 Manston, ‘U’ class No. 31806 and ‘M7’ 0-4-4T No. 30053 rostered for the gala.
It is hoped that another member of the home fleet will be ready to attend the gala, as BR Standard ‘4MT’ 2-6-4T No. 80104 is expected back from its intermediate overhaul at Tyseley Locomotive Works in “six to eight weeks” according to owning group Southern Locomotives Ltd.
The locomotive was withdrawn in May, with work required on its ‘bottom end’.
A Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway locomotive will venture onto Great Western Railway metals when L&YR ‘A’ class 0-6-0 No. 1300 attends the Llangollen Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala on September 2-4.
Running in its LMS guise as No. 12322, the ‘Lanky’ 0-6-0 visits the Llangollen Railway courtesy of Andy Booth and the East Lancs Railway.
In addition to the 1896-built locomotive, the LR’s home fleet will be running at the three-day event. ‘Manor’ No. 7822 Foxcote Manor, ‘Large Prairie’ No. 5199, ‘64XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 6430 and BR Standard ‘4MT’ 2-6-4T No. 80072 will all be in steam alongside No. 12322.
The visiting locomotive is to be paired with the line’s suburban rake of coaches and will haul a demonstration goods train, whilst No. 6430 will be running with a single autocoach, facing Llangollen.