Whilst the Society await the full report from the Severn Valley Railway engineers, the Society’s in-house magazine, Push and Pull, has revealed the extent of the repairs required to return the locomotive to traffic in time for the 50th Anniversary of the re-opening of the branch, in 2018.
The anticipated extent of the work is as follows:
- New inner copper firebox and other remedial boiler work.
- New water tanks.
- Re-profiling all tyres.
- Overhaul of fittings.
- New ashpan.
- New set of springs.
- Repair of drawbars.
- Other small repairs plus ones as they arise.
The estimated cost is in the region £350,000 for which the Society is launching an appeal to bring this iconic locomotive back into steam in time.
Featured image: Colin Smith