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 As a result, the Railway can plan ahead based on when particular locomotives will be withdrawn and, therefore, will assess that locomotives replacement from the pool of stored locomotives at Oxenhope.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.
In April it was announced that GWR Pannier tank 5775 was leaving the Railway for a holiday at the NRM outstation at Shildon where it will be cosmetically restored to its Railway Children’s livery as a locomotive from the fictitious Great Northern and Southern Railway. It will remain there but will return in time for the 45th anniversary of the film’s making.
Having languished at Oxenhope Exhibition shed since withdrawal, GWR 0-6-0PT no. 5775 is to visit Locomotion. the NRM outreach station at Shildon. This will be for a period of ten months during which time it will be ‘cosmetically restored’ (repainted) into the fully lined railway children livery. It is due to leave the Railway mid-May but will return to home in time for the 45th anniversary of the railway children in 2015.
Oxenhope exhibition shed is also going to have a reshuffle. 5775 will be extracted next week, along with BR 2MT 2-6-0 no. 78022 which will move to Haworth. Taking their place at Oxenhope will be BR 4MT 2-6-4T no. 80002 & L&Y 2F 0-6-0 no. 957 both of which will go on display in the shed in their place.
You have had your presents and the turkey is looking worst for wear. So what to do Boxing Day?
The Worth Valley Railway has the perfect way to pass the day. Come down to one of our stations and board a Worth Valley Mince Pie special steam train for a relaxing ride – the perfect way to spend Boxing day.