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News from 2011

The 10 year boiler overhaul for 5542 commenced on Monday October 3rd 2011 (Day 1)

Full details are on 10 Year Overhaul

News Update 02/10/2011

5542 with autocoach near Bishops Lydeard, WSR

With the 15.30 Auto service from Bishops Lydeard to Norton Fitzwarren on 02/10/2011 5542 propels its penultimate service of the first 10 year boiler certificate past Longlands Farm. Photo copyright John Wood












5542 being loaded at Bishops Lydeard for transport to the SDR

Within 90 minutes of the above photo 5542 was loaded and departing for Buckfastleigh Photo copyright John Wood














5542 with an engineers train at Williton

With just 4 days remaining on its 10 year boiler certificate 5542 drifts into Williton at the head of a short engineers train 29/09/11 (copyright John Wood)













During 2011 we are looking to boost our funds to allow us to continue the good progress made on the restoration of our G.W.R. Autotrailer 169.

Please click here for more details of the project or on the banner below for details of the appeal for funds.

September 2011  Is currently at The West Somerset Railway .........



5542 at Minehead 2009

.....where it will appear in the Autumn Gala September 29/30 October 01/02 2011

before moving to Buckfastleigh for 10 year boiler overhaul.


5542 Visiting the Great Central Railway during Summer 2011

5542 Delivers the mail  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLM9xKVTX4g

or http://rickeborall.zenfolio.com/p766450335/h6e20f7#h2be1b430

We are pleased to announce that following its appearance in the GWSR/GCR Gr8 Escape event over the weekend 9th/10th April 5542  will remain on the GCR for most of the Summer returning for a short visit  to the WSR to appear in the Autumn Gala 29September-02 October en route to the SDR for its 10 year boiler overhaul which will commence  on 03 October.

News June 2011

5542 continues her visit to the GCR and for the first time since restoration we have had to undertake some small repair work on the boiler. We had been notified of a leaking tube and had expected the problem to be one of corrosion after 10 years of use, however that was not the case and a fine split around part of the circumference was discovered on the inside line of the front tubeplate. By coincidence a group of boiler inspectors were on an educational visit to Loughborough and were interested in the unusual nature of the failure along with the exceptionally small amount of wear and corrosion on the tube itself. The offending tube was successfully replaced along with a washout that was due and the loco was soon ready for further service. We are currently in active discussion about contracts for operating 5542 following the forthcoming boiler overhaul and hope to be able to give more details within the next couple of months.

5542 Stands outside Loughborough works on 21st May               Copyright John Wood


Our friends and the major host of our locomotive over the last 4 years, The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway have been hit by another major landslip on their track, this time  near Winchcombe. They are an all volunteer operation and now very urgently need the British Railway Preservation movement's  support in a very big way. If you can help  in any way  whatsoever please visit this link and make a contribution to their appeal

(c) Steve Edge



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