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 As a result, the Railway can plan ahead based on when particular locomotives will be withdrawn and, therefore, will assess that locomotives replacement from the pool of stored locomotives at Oxenhope.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.
Enthusiasts 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.