80002 moves to Haworth

When a locomotive returns to action after an overhaul to working condition, the Railway can expect it to have a working life of approximately 10 years. As a result, the Railway can plan ahead based on when particular locomotives will be withdrawn and, therefore, will assess that locomotives  replacement from the pool of stored locomotives at Oxenhope.

This process has resulted in Taff Vale 0-6-2T no. 85 going through the works with an anticipated completion date in the not too distant future. Also going through the works are Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78022 and Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 both progressing well in their respective overhauls for completion in years to come.

With MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 due for overhaul in 6 years, the next identified long term requirement is for a locomotive of power classification 4 and with this in mind Standard 4MT 2-6-4T 80002 was taken out of store at Oxenhope on the 28th May and moved down to Haworth Locomotive Works for assessment of the work required to bring it back into working order.

80002-150528'2-PlaEnthusiasts will have to wait some years before 80002 is in action again, but at this stage the Railway needs to know the feasibility and commitment of resources that will be required to bring the locomotive into traffic in the necessary timescale.

4 comments on “80002 moves to Haworth

  1. Would it be worthwhile getting a quote for a complete new boiler/firebox for 80002 as an alternative option to repair, taking account of the amount of work recently required on 75078, and the extent of the renewal taking place on 80135 for the NYMR.

    • Having spoken to a member of the team, you will recall that 80002 had a new firebox, which after initial problems, gave 10 years good service. Until the assessment has been undertaken, it is not known what level of work will be required. 75078’s firebox was the original fitted by BR and therefore of a greater age.

    • The Railway has a long term plan of its loco requirements and the next requirement will be for a Class 4, hence 80002. In terms of lower power classes the next 3 locos for traffic are 85, 78022 and 41241 so the Railway will have a good selection this class of loco. 47279. at this stage, is not scheduled for work until assessments will be made when the next need is to consider this level of power.

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