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

London & South Western Railway 4-4-0 No. 120 30120

Copyright (C) Phil Horton

October 11th, 2017
The NRM’s LSWR T9 No. 30120 has had some problems with its cylinder block and has not been running at the Swanage Railway since it arrived there in August. But the NRM is sorting out the problem to get 30120 running again as there examining what can be done. But the loco will now be staying at the Swanage Railway in Dorset for now as it will not be returning to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.

— Russell Newman

NCB Valleyfield Colliery 0-4-0ST No. 53

Copyright (C) Royston Morris

October 9th, 2017
Still at this location 08/10/2017

— Dave Crawley

November 29th, 2015
One of four locos still reported in this scrap yard. According to ‘Steam Railway’ magazine it was withdrawn from service as long ago as the 1960s and has been in scrap yards ever since. Recent photos show a fairly complete loco but steadily advancing rust, as you can, no doubt imagine.
— Steve Frost

Southern Railway 4-6-2 No. 34039 ‘Boscastle’

Copyright (C) Phil Horton

October 8th, 2017
I was down at the Great Central Railway yesterday where I met a guy involved in 34039. Who told me the all of the bottom end of the locomotive is all complete and all the work now is being turned to the boiler as it needs a new inner steel firebox fitted. The loco should be back in by 2020.

— Russell Newman