‘Black 5’ 45305 repairs complete and back in action


LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45305 , pictured during last weeks Tour de France weekend, has been out of traffic since suffering from failure of the engine’s valve liners. The new liners have been manufactured and fitted and, in the last few weeks, the valves have been set. The locomotive had several runs up and down Haworth loop last week to help bed in the valves and is now ready to return to action.

We understand that an insurance steam test has been booked with a VAB mainline inspection on Thursday this week. This will ensure that it is ready to go to Crewe for its season of North Wales Coast Express trips, in the middle of which it will go to the North Norfolk Railway for their August gala.

Assuming that all the tests are satisfactory 45305 will operate services on the Railway on both Saturday and Sunday this week, before leaving the KWVR for Crewe on Friday 25th July. The first booked work is a Liverpool-Holyhead train two days later on the 27th July. It is anticipated that it will return to the KWVR at the end of the summer.

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