London Midland & Scottish Railway 4-6-0 No. 44806

Copyright © Ian McInnes

November 3rd, 2017
LMS Black 5 No. 44806 will be withdrawn from service after the New Year to under go its 10 year overhaul at Grosmont Shed.

— Russell Newman



Replica No. 4472 “Flying Scotsman”

Copyright © Phil Horton

November 2nd, 2017
This 15 inch gauge version of No. 4472 “Flying Scotsman” has been sold and has moved to a unknown location in France.

— Russell Newman

English Clays 0-4-0F

Copyright © Royston Morris

November 1st, 2017
The Bagnall built Fireless 0-4-0F No. 3121 of the former English Clays will be going on long term loan to the Plym Valley Railway for display at Marsh Mills Station. Where will have some cosmetic restoration done before it is put on display.

— Russell Newman

Southern Railway 4-6-2 No. 34092 ‘City of Wells’

Copyright © Phil Horton

November 1, 2017
News has come that 34092 “City of Wells” will now be staying at the East Lancashire Railway as part of there steam fleet there for good. The East Lancashire has offered a permeant home for the locomotive as they have just launched “A Home for Wells” Appeal to raise the funds necessary to provide a loving home for 34092.

— Russell Newman

Central Electricity Generating Board 0-4-0ST No. 15 ‘Eustace Forth’

Copyright © Robin R. Beck

October 29th, 2017
A loco that’s moved around more in preservation than in it’s working life. Supplied by Robert Stephensons and Hawthorns from their Newcastle upon Tyne works to the CRGB’s Dunston power station on the opposite bank of the river, where it spent it’s entire working life.

It was preserved and restored by the Hexham Rolling Stock Fund and worked a little on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, but was too small for that line’s needs as the public service started. It moved to the National Railway Museum at York, then to their Shildon Locomotion site. In both cases the idea was to provide a small steam loco for short rides at the museums. The museum didn’t repair it when it failed with boiler issues and it subsequently moved to the Foxfield Railway who have overhauled it and put it back to it’s original appearance.

— Steve Frost



Imperial Chemical Industries 0-4-0T No. RS8

Copyright (C) Robin R. Beck

In May of 2014 Robin R. Beck posted the following information about this locomotive:
Avonside works number 1913 was built in 1923 and was later converted to a 0-4-0DM by ICI at their South Central Workshops, Tunstead.

This loco is preserved at the National Stone Centre, Winksworth, Derbyshire. It is stored outside.

Further news of this locomotive came from Pete Briddon on October 13th, 2017:

This loco left the National Stone Centre in June 2016. It is currently the subject of a joint restoration between its owners and Tarmac, the successors to ICI at Tunstead. It is being restored in its disel-hydraulic format