The move is aimed to improve access to funding to restore the loco which is presently in ”ex Barry” condition. The project is seen as important since restoration would make it the only engine of it class with the original design feature of internal steam pipes actually in operation.
The restoration will be undertaken by DMLL at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway’s (GWSR) Toddington works using both DMLL and GWSR volunteers. Following restoration Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd will operate the loco on behalf of the Trust.
Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd Chairman, Kenneth Sims said “This is an ideal arrangement for us. It will fund 2874's restoration whilst leaving the DMLL organisation free to concentrate its resources on our present locomotive fleet of our flagship loco BR(W) No 7820 Dinmore Manor and GWR Heavy Freight No 3850. Dinmore Manor has only returned to steam in 2014 after a heavy overhaul and 3850 will come due for overhaul in 2015”
The 2874 Trust will be chaired by former GWSR Chairman, Malcolm Temple who said “I am delighted to be asked back by steam enthusiasts to tackle another major challenge. It’s a tremendous project”.
There will be the opportunity for steam enthusiasts, including all our shareholders, to become a member of the Trust and help achieve its aim. See the web site www.2874trust.org
The Trust also seeks recruits to help with management and fund raising. Contact David Foster at email@example.com or on 01643 706943.
|2874 at her restoration site at Toddington on the Gloucestershire, Warwickshire Railway|
There was very little in the cab by way of fittings, the pole reverser being the main item along with some of the sanding gear controls. Removing those was the primary tasks that needed completing before the cab can be lifted:
|Sanding gear controls|
|The reverser in situ|
|A lot of the cab floor and drag box suffered from salt air exposure whilst at Barry|
|Aaron Smith disconnects the reverser rod...|
|...and Steve Jones levers it out.|
|The sander mechanism continues under the cab floor|
|Steve at work at the firebox end|
|Removed flue tubes|
|The future's bright for 2874|