Early 5542 Restoration
To start, a series of photos from 24 August 1980 at Bishops Lydeard © Stephen Gillett
5521, 5542 and 4561 at Bishops Lydeard in 1976 on the site of the present loco compound.
5542 again at Bishops Lydeard, this time in 1977, 16 years since withdrawal.
Press cuttings from June 1979 marking the start of 5542's restoration.
The Chairman of Locomotive 5542 Ltd. writes,
Brian Hart, one of the workers on the Autotrailer 169 project has unearthed some early pictures of the 5542 restoration taken at Bishops Lydeard in 1981, not long after initial restoration work had begun.
These pictures illustrate the type of setup we had in the early days with very little in the way of facilities.
There was no power at the site and the only cover we had was by way of an old road van body used as a store and tea making provision. At that stage we did not own the 12t box van that was acquired a few years later to act as a store. Many preservation projects of that era had I suspect similar facilities and you could see Ex Barry projects on sidings in the open at many railways up and down the country.
It was going to be a further 20 years before 5542 would actually steam again. The footstep used as a collection box is now firmly (we hope) attached to the loco and the 'red ' notice board is still in our store at Williton.
Any similar 5542 pictures to add to this collection would be most welcome
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