The National Railway Museum has announced the transfer of GWR 2-8-0 '28XX' class locomotive No. 2818 to STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon.
The Edwardian freight locomotive will go on display alongside other objects and locomotives that tell the historic story of the Great Western Railway.
Councillor Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council's Cabinet Member responsible for STEAM, said: “Locomotive No. 2818 is a vital part of history for the people of Swindon. The addition of this superb GWR locomotive to the STEAM collection is very exciting. We’re delighted to be gaining a significantly historic freight locomotive for permanent display.”
“Staff at STEAM worked closely with the National Railway Museum, following the strict guidelines for the transfer of ownership, to ensure the locomotive has a secure future. We can’t wait to have No. 2818 on public view.”
Currently based at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, No. 2818 is expected to arrive in Swindon later this year once the legal transfer is complete. There are no plans to return the locomotive to working condition.
The disposal completes a review of the National Collection by the National Railway Museum which also saw the transfer of LSWR 'T3' 4-4-0 No. 563 to Swanage Railway in April.
Andrew McLean, Assistant Director and Head Curator at the National Railway Museum, said: “No. 2818 is a very important locomotive in documenting the story of the development of the railways in the South West and South Wales and it is fitting that we can return this long-serving engine to its Swindon birthplace almost 112 years after it first rolled off the production line.
“Transferring ownership to such a well-respected institution with whom we have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship will give this engine the best future possible and reflects our duty to ensure the National Collection remains sustainable, relevant and engaging. In the unlikely event that STEAM could not continue to preserve the locomotive in future, then the locomotive would be offered back to the National Collection.”
When No. 2818 arrives in Swindon it will join many other famous Great Western engines currently on loan from the National Railway Museum, including: GWR 4-4-0 No. 3717 City of Truro and GWR 4-6-0 'King' class, No. 6000 King George V. These locomotives arrived at STEAM in 2015 ahead of the 2016 celebration of 175 years of Swindon’s railway heritage.
We explore the past, present and future of steam in this month’s edition of Steam Railway, with a number of features looking at how the legacy of days gone by influences what is yet to come.
Steam Railway stalwart David Wilcock brings Old Oak Common MPD to life with his stunning recollections of 81A’s twilight years in the late 50s/60s, ahead of the former Great Western Railway shed’s last hurrah on September 2 with a terrific line-up of locomotives.
The Southern Railway’s past was honoured in two very different ways last month. The Mid-Hants Railway’s spectacular ‘Summer Steam Gala’ recalled the glory days of 1967 and the end of Southern steam, and Toby Jennings has been speaking to the people who were there keeping the flames alive for future generations.
Another small part of the Southern Railway’s history was resurrected at Ross-on-Wye with the steaming of the new-build Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Baldwin No. 762 Lyn. Thomas Bright examines how this unique little locomotive will help shape the future of the L&B.
Thomas Bright takes another look at the future, in the shape of the new-build ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales – a locomotive that is halfway to completion.
In the present, we celebrate the Foxfield Railway’s 50th anniversary, round-up all ten surviving LMS ‘Jinties’ and conclude our in-depth interview with the National Railway Museum’s Head Curator and Assistant Director Andrew McLean.
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Dartmouth Steam Railway-based GWR ‘42XX’ No. 4277 ‘Hercules’ is to spend the last few months of its boiler certificate at the Churnet Valley Railway – in BR black.
Expected to arrive at Cheddleton in early October, it will appear for the first time in its new guise at the line’s 25th anniversary gala on October 20-22, marking a quarter-century since the CVR plc was formed on October 30 1992.
It will then stay to work ‘Santa Specials’, and ‘Winter Warmer’ trains between Christmas and the New Year. Its boiler certificate expires on Saturday February 10, when a special farewell day on the Cauldon Lowe branch is planned.
It is the first time a locomotive owned by the DSR has gone on medium or long-term loan to another railway. Only ‘Manor’ No. 7827 Lydham Manor has made guest appearances elsewhere, and then only for gala weekends.
It will be a welcome reappearance on the hire circuit by No. 4277, which toured preserved lines under the ownership of Peter Best between 1996 and 2003, but has stayed in Devon since the DSR acquired it in 2008.
The repaint at the CVR, from its current lined Great Western livery, will be the first time it has worn BR black since the final years of its previous boiler ticket. This time, however, it will have the earlier ‘cycling lion’ crest instead of the late ‘ferret and dartboard’ that it carried on that occasion. Its DSR ‘Hercules’ nameplates will also be removed.
It will be the first GWR 2-8-0T to tackle the 1-in-40 gradients of the Cauldon Lowe branch to Ipstones, which had not reopened when a previous guest example – Pete Waterman’s ‘5205’ No. 5224 – was at the CVR in 2002.
Working alongside it at the 25th anniversary gala will be a second GWR-design engine - ‘Manor’ No. 7820 Dinmore Manor, which will also be the first of its class to work up the Ipstones line. It is the first ‘Manor’ to appear on the CVR since 2007, when No. 7821 Ditcheat Manor – a resident at Cheddleton for two years – was withdrawn on the expiry of its boiler certificate.
Also in action will be resident ‘S160’ 2-8-0s Nos. 5197 and 6046, and Polish ‘TKh’ 0-6-0T No. 2944 ‘Hotspur’, the latter returning to service after an intermediate overhaul which is currently getting underway.
Two Mk 1 Tourist Second Opens are being hired from the North Norfolk Railway until February 2018 to supplement the home-based carriage fleet – allowing 10-coach trains to be operated on both evenings of the gala.
For more information, visit: https://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk/news/4277hire
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has been awarded £4.6 million from the National Lottery.
The money will go towards the line’s £9.2 million Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey sustainability project, which aims to secure the future of the Pickering-Grosmont railway by investing in the railway’s infrastructure so that it can operate successfully for the next fifty years.
Such investment includes a £4.16 million carriage shed at Pickering, capable of storing up to 40 vehicles, reducing decay and increasing security, a problem highlighted by recent vandal attacks which damaged the NYMR’s eight-coach teak set.
Other projects include spending approximately £2.67 million on repairing the worn-out iron bridges around Goathland, building a new volunteer hostel at Grosmont and initiating a railway apprenticeship programme.
John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism said: "The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is part of this country's rich railway heritage and this £4.6 million investment, thanks to National Lottery players, will help preserve it for generations to come.
“The railway welcomes more passengers than any other preserved railway in the world and is a fantastic way to see Yorkshire's stunning scenery.”
To deliver the investment programme, the NYMR must raise matching funds of £4.6m. With generous member bequests and anticipation to secure more grants, the NYMR will need to raise approximately £2.5m from members, passengers and the public over the next five years.
NYMR Trust Chairman, John Bailey, said: "Fifty years ago our founders had the vision and determination to re-open the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Today we face a challenge of similar scale. We are extremely grateful for the support from the National Lottery.
“With its backing, we can plan confidently both the implementation of essential projects and our appeal for the balance of funds required. This should ensure that fifty years hence, people will still be learning from and enjoying the experience of steam across the Moors."
‘Bath & Beyond’ is the theme of the West Somerset Railway’s autumn steam gala on October 5-8, with both Somerset & Dorset and GWR motive power.
Making its first visit away from the Bluebell Railway in preservation, BR ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 No. 73082 Camelot will be joined by a former WSR resident, Jeremy Hosking’s ‘West Country’ No. 34046 Braunton (still running as ‘BB’ No. 34052 Lord Dowding).
They will make for classic S&D combinations with resident ‘4F’ No. 44422, ‘7Fs’ Nos. 53808 and 53809, and the WSR’s newly repainted ‘blood and custard’ Mk 1 stock.
Representing Swindon will be ‘Manors’ Nos. 7820 Dinmore Manor and 7822 Foxcote Manor, and resident ‘Modified Hall’ No. 6960 Raveningham Hall.
Themes planned for 2018’s galas include ‘Great Western routes and branches’ (March 22-25) and ‘Cross Country rail routes’ (September 27-30).
With the retirement of John Cronin as Chairman of the WSR’s gala planning committee after nine years, photographer Don Bishop is now heading up the team, joined by WSR Head of Operations Richard Jones.